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Set your own milk price by making cheese and marketing it instead

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Farmstead and artisan cheese operations can allow farm families to become price-makers instead of price takers for their milk. A hands-on workshop in Ohio can show you how.

‘In my day…': Generations have tunnel vision

Thursday, March 18, 2010

We will forever see things from our own perspectives based on our generational ties.

Family vacation: Sunny days or bust

Thursday, March 18, 2010

As if Andrew and Rita didn’t do enough damage, pity the great state of Florida which now has the Seabolts to contend with. When the unexpected but delightfully generous offer of a beach-front condo dangled in front of us, we jumped on it. Granted, with the spate of midwestern blizzards that have beleaguered us lately, […]

Winter is sneaking out the back door

Thursday, March 18, 2010

How exciting! A chipmunk on the back porch! And six red-winged blackbirds! And snowdrops pushing through the snow! And robins galore splashing through the mini-lakes left by the melting ice! And a pair of geese establishing their territory, first in a swale in the pasture, then in a coppice where volunteer apple trees provide a […]

Mixed USDA news lowers grain market

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

USDA’s March crop production report says we have the highest ending stocks of 12 years. That cannot be a good thing, comments grain merchandiser Marlin Clark.

Hazard A Guess: Week of March 11, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Each week Farm and Dairy challenges readers to identify a small tool or gadget (or at least ‘hazard a guess’ as to its use).

Let’s hope workshop on competition in agriculture produces results

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Farm seed prices almost tripled in four years and, unlike other big input markets, now show no sign of backing — or even letting — up. Columnist Alan Guebert wades in to the ag competition fray.

Renovation mood blows hot and cold

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Exactly one day after agreeing to purchase our ancient wreck of a house, we discovered, as do many young marrieds, that the good Lord had a much bigger project in plan for us: our first baby. This sped up our original “five year plan” of home renovation considerably. Indeed, we spent the next six months […]

Dairy “COW”reers Day: Lots of career options in dairy field

Thursday, March 11, 2010

“Thinking outside of the box.” We use the phrase to refer to a nontraditional idea. Perhaps the exact definition isn’t so important, but we should never underestimate the value of such logic. Maybe the following 4-H dairy program is an example of an idea created outside of the normal parameters. Dairy “COW”reers Day will be […]

Childhood farm chores give kids a solid foundation

Thursday, March 11, 2010

One of my favorite things to do is to chat with a member of our oldest generation about the chores they had to complete each day on the farm. It serves to remind us just how much easier life has become for all of us, and in many cases, this enormous change has come at […]

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