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Infidelity is not an oops

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Upon ironclad confirmation that superstar golfer Tiger Woods had engaged in a pattern of marital infidelity of such scope, breadth and sheer numbers that one wonders how he ever found time to tee off, Tiger’s mother (and later Tiger himself) would say only that he “made one mistake.” Award winning Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock’s husband, […]

Farms have lexicon only natives know

Thursday, April 15, 2010

By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy Columnist Every farm comes with a unique little map, complete with a language known only to those who live and walk upon those acres and climb in and out of the old barns. As a kid, if my dad asked me to put something away in “the granary in […]

Ahh … the sweet smell of spring

Thursday, April 15, 2010

At the Harrison Soil and Water Conservation District, we seem to be getting an increasing number of calls related to the smell and handling of manure. So, I thought it fitting to mention just how pollution complaints work, in regards to manure. Lucky for me, most of our complaints this year have been related to […]

What does ‘socially just’ agriculture mean?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Society currently expects three things from farmers. First, produce high quality and safe food. Second, protect the environment. Third, treat farm animals humanely. But some still clamor that’s not enough.

Weather volatile, grain market stagnant

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

In the nearly two weeks since the USDA’s Planting Intentions Report release, we have seen corn prices decline and soybean prices make small gains. Part of the confusion in the corn is that there was no surprise.

Thank a dairyman. Now. Today.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Blessed are those producing our food. Their resilience is unequaled; their patience, admirable. To me, they are a blessed mystery. Last year was arguably the worst year ever in our dairy industry. Some dairy farmers lost their lifelong savings — no big bailout for them. Yet, milk is still being produced, plentiful and wholesome. Laboring […]

Confirmation Sunday: Starting down the path to heaven in front of a forsythia bush

Thursday, April 8, 2010

We may have thought Confirmation Sunday as parole day from catechism purgatory but (as our gray-haired elders predicted back then) it would become the first step on a journey of deeper understanding and deeper commitment.

SWCDs: It’s all about local priorities

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Probably one of the most insightful things I’ve ever heard is a quote by the French writer and philosopher Voltaire: “When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.” The quote seemed appropriate to mention since Ohio’s 88 soil and water conservation districts receive funding through tax dollars. If you are […]

Good news and bad news for monarch butterflies

Thursday, April 8, 2010

If you’re a fan of monarch butterflies, I’ve got good news and bad news. First the good news. Last year the folks at Project Monarch Watch sent three monarch caterpillars into space via the shuttle Atlantis. On November 16, 2009, they were delivered to the International Space Station where they lived out their lives. These […]

Understanding and patience is key to managing multi-generation farm

Thursday, April 8, 2010

After reading the Dairy Excel column in the March 25 issue about hiring teen workers and knowing the law, I began thinking, not only is it important to know the law, but also to understand this younger generation of workers. As a manager, you must realize that every generation has its own values and personal […]

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