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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hello Again! I can’t believe that it is already the middle of May. Before we know it, it will be Memorial Day weekend, kids will be getting out of school, and spare time will be spent at numerous graduation barbecues. Ready or not, summer is right around the corner, and so are some important Farm […]

Young injuries meant life’s lessons

Thursday, May 20, 2010

“Perhaps because of our storehouse of knowledge of home remedies, parents were remarkably complacent about all the injuries that were a routine part of the lives of free-range farm children — cuts from knives, stone bruises caused by bare feet on rocks, blood blisters, and all the bloody, oozing scrapes on knees, arms, elbows, and […]

Insects could be the answer to a nature deficit

Thursday, May 20, 2010

“I like to play indoors better ’cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are.” Those words, by a fourth-grader in San Diego, are the essence of Richard Louv’s 2005 bestseller, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-deficit Disorder — kids today spend too much time indoors and too little time outdoors. From […]

Graziers, set the stage now for rest of the grazing season

Thursday, May 20, 2010

We are at a stage now where we can affect grazing for the season. Right now, our fields are finishing up their “reproductive” stage of growth as our grasses are setting seed heads and our legumes are blooming. After they set seed, perennial plants transition from the reproductive stage to the vegetative stage. Up to […]

Environmental cancer risks are huge

Thursday, May 20, 2010

No matter what your philosophy or location or whatever, we should all “strongly support environmental cancer research and measures that will reduce or remove from the environment toxins that are known or suspected carcinogens or endocrine-disrupting chemicals.”

Survey results help farm employers decide workers’ wages and benefits

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Compensation of farm employees is a critical component of agriculture today. Farm employers must provide adequate levels of compensation if they expect to attract and retain quality employees while also maintaining a profitable farm business. Surveys As Extension professionals we are often consulted by farm owners about employee compensation and what they should expect to […]

Focusing on the positives of your loved one is best

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Having been laid out like a limp rag with a stomach bug has given me plenty of time to think. First, I think the term “stomach bug” is a misnomer. This is more a Godzilla-esque stomach slayer armed with sticks and sharp knives and bent on killing me from the inside out. There may also […]

Emotion trumps science every time: Farmers need to ‘start with why’

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

When you start talking from your passion, and not your science, all of a sudden, farming becomes more relevant, more meaningful to everyone else, because they, too, want to protect the environment or care about animal welfare, and can do that by supporting you.

Horse drawn plows: Just a matter of preference

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Someone recently asked me why some horse drawn plows throw the furrow to the left, while others (most in fact) throw them to the right. The answer is that it’s strictly a matter of preference, custom, and prejudice. The right-hand plow is well-rooted in history. Illustrations of seventeenth century English plows show that they all […]

Marriage is not a sport, it is a team effort

Thursday, May 13, 2010

It was just a little something I overheard from a television report. I don’t like television much and could very happily exist without one. This little blurb that has stuck with me is one reason I would prefer not to hear so much of what is reported as news these days. Actor Charlie Sheen, having […]

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