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I’ve mastered the fine art of a hobby-free existence

Thursday, July 8, 2010

It is fairly well established that one should never discuss politics or religion in polite company. I think, however, that a third category of the taboo should be added: hobbies.

NCBA realizes reorganization misstep

Thursday, July 8, 2010

That didn’t take long. Before most of the newspapers carrying last week’s installment of this summer’s most popular soap opera, “The Beef Checkoff Chronicles,” could reach you, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association reined in its “governance structure” plan “to allow,” it said in a June 25 press release, “the Federation of State Beef Councils an […]

Set for fun with Clover and Alfalfa

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Farm and Dairy Columnist While all of our neighbors were busy in the hay fields, we were finding a unique new way to add timothy and alfalfa to clover. Maybe I’d better start at the beginning. Remember my present? Last Christmas, my wish list included a swing, hanging from a good, sturdy limb, and a […]

Nature’s fireworks: Fireflies’ bioluminescence

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The first firefly of the year appeared in my yard a month ago. As fireworks commemorate Independence Day, I’m reminded of the natural fireworks that go on all summer long. Fireflies or lightning bugs First, though, a few words of clarification. Fireflies, or lightning bugs as my dad called them, are neither flies, nor bugs. […]

Prenuptial agreement: Do I need one?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

When couples marry, they do so with the outlook that it’s a life-long commitment. Have you considered what might happen to the assets you and your family have worked hard to accumulate if that commitment is broken? Farm and agricultural businesses often have high capital investments in land, machinery, livestock, and miscellaneous equipment. The typical […]

Ohio animal welfare compromise: Smart move or sell-out?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Leadership of Ohio’s major commodity and farm groups sat down at the negotiating table with the Humane Society of the United States. Why? Well, let’s just say politics makes strange bedfellows.

Unintended consequence of health care reform? More farm tax paperwork

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Beginning in 2012, a little discussed mandate in the health care reform legislation will require any business — including a farm — that purchases more than $600 of goods or services from another business or individual to submit a 1099 tax from to the Internal Revenue Service.

An unexpected Indigo treat is found

Thursday, July 1, 2010

One of the unexpected treats of collecting the first blackberries of the season is stumbling upon an active bird nest. Bramble thickets are prime nest sites for species such as cardinals, catbirds, song sparrows, yellow-breasted chats, and indigo buntings. Males Male indigos are easy to find and even easier to recognize. They sing a complicated […]

Summer leaves indelible memories

Thursday, July 1, 2010

“The wise will start each day with the thought, ‘Fortune gives us nothing which we can really own.’” — Seneca The full moon and an amazing summer night sky filled with brilliant stars seemed to shine just for us this past weekend as we gathered for the incredible annual summer neighborhood party. Summer party Mike […]

Community garden becomes a reality

Thursday, July 1, 2010

WOODSFIELD, Ohio — Through the diligence of several hard-working individuals in a very short period of time, the Monroe County Community garden has become a reality. Committee In late December, members of the Woodsfield Garden Club teamed up with the Monroe County Master Gardeners and in early 2010 the Monroe County Community Garden Committee was […]


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