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Barn swallows’ exit is right on time

Thursday, September 3, 2009

In the barn this morning, the silence was deafening. Since May 25, barn swallows have kept the rafters ringing with their cheerful chatter and impromptu squadron flights. Accustomed to my presence and Winnie’s, they seemed to respond to my “Pretty birds!” greetings, and I could stand quite near — at a safe distance, if you […]

FSA Andy for Sept. 3, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hello again! Last month, I spent a day at the Ohio State Fair. My trip was not complete without a visit to see the sculpted butter cow on display in the Dairy Products Building. While numerous fair-goers viewed the butter cow and tried to eat their ice cream cones before they melted away, few probably […]

Spanky has stepped into leadership role

Thursday, September 3, 2009

“On the farm, I’d come to see that my animals managed to avoid, almost entirely by instinct, the dramas that humans create for themselves. I envied them.” – Jon Katz, Izzy & Lenore I once heard the comment that animals don’t have nearly the troubles that humans have, mostly because they cannot talk. Wow. Truer […]

Harvest creeps closer, but will weather hit crops first?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Many questions remain as we approach the end of the crop year. Not the least of these is: What size crop do we have?

When push comes to shove

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The danger of writing about your life, yourself and your family is that you are always in grave danger of becoming one of “those moms.” You know the ones. Your children are always beautiful, brilliant, gifted. Maybe Garrison Keillor can get away with that when writing about Lake Woebegone, but here in the real world […]

A lesson from a soft drink cup

Thursday, August 27, 2009

“Wes Jackson is fond of saying that if your life’s work can be accomplished in your lifetime, you’re not thinking big enough. And no one is thinking bigger about sustainable agriculture than Wes Jackson.” – from People We’re Pleased To Know Chipotle Mexican Grill Recently, I stopped for lunch and a soft drink while out […]

The Ohio State Fair was just what we needed to rescue our spirits

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Just like story of Camelot, the Ohio State Fair emerged in 2009 rather like a knight in shining armor. In the midst of the dismal economic times for the dairy industry, the fair may have been just what we all needed to rescue our spirits. In case you did not know, the theme was “Share […]

FSA Andy for Aug. 27, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hello again, The motto for the Boy Scouts is ‘Be Prepared.’ Are you prepared for your 2009 harvest? Will your corn be singing, “Oh, give me a home!” Have you considered applying for a Farm Storage Facility Loan through your local FSA office but were waiting on the ‘new’ changes? Well, guess what? The changes […]

The sounds of insects define late summer

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Compared to spring and early summer, late summer mornings are quiet. Most birds are done nesting. The avian territorial imperative has given way to memories of fall migration. Other sounds, however, fill the void. More noisy than musical, the sounds of insects define late summer. In the heat of the day, dog day cicadas drone […]

The ‘fun house’ on the block

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Some folks have the house on the block where all the kids play. I have the house on the block where people send their children to find out how good their health insurance really is. Ours, I am told, is a “fun house.” Not in the literal sense of mazes and crazy mirrors (although, come […]

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