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Hazard A Guess: Week of Sept. 17, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

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

Broadband access: We have to bridge the digital divide

Thursday, September 17, 2009

If we dropped Congress in the middle of a no-access zone, how quickly do you think we’d have broadband Internet access nationwide?

The roofers are here

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I used to think the four sweetest words in the English language were “Will you marry me?” or “It’s a healthy boy!” (Or girl). These days “The roofers are here” is running a close third. When we bought this old house it had a new roof. That selling point alone should have alerted us that […]

FSA Andy for Sept. 17, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hello again! It seems as though “going green” is all the rage. More and more people are looking for environmentally friendly, sustainable and all natural products. But did you know the Farm Service Agency has been “going green” for many years? Millions of acres of the nation’s natural resources have been improved and preserved through […]

Accumulated numbers we love

Thursday, September 17, 2009

As many Eastern Cornbelt farmers nervously estimate just how many frost-free days (weeks?) they’ll yet need to bin an almost certain to-be-late harvest, it’s time for me to sweep my bins — or at least this 150 foot-square office — of some numbers that have accumulated over the summer. For example, agriculture has a huge […]

Where has all the innocence gone?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

“If you’re in the wrong place, the right things don’t happen.” – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, 1942 There are some things we are given absolutely no choice over in this life. We are born in to a certain place and time, we arrive with parents and family members already in place, and life begins for each […]

Yes, I did make it to Canfield Fair

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Happy Halloween! In case you hadn’t noticed, even before Labor Day Halloween decorations were on shelves in stores and at even some houses. Maybe we should just say Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year now to save time. As if time didn’t overrun us in its headlong rush — to where? — […]

The unseen migration of the mature American eels

Thursday, September 17, 2009

“Fall migration” conjures up images of honking, south-bound geese and monarch butterflies on their way to Mexico. Each autumn we marvel at the long distance migrations made by many other birds and animals. Some dragonflies make long distance movements, and salmon make well known spawning runs from the ocean to freshwater spawning grounds. But there […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of Sept. 3, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

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

Angels, angst, alcohol and a quick trip to the ER

Thursday, September 10, 2009

There are any number of reasons why I will never be crowned Mother of the Year, but the truth is, I removed myself from the running early on. When the children were babies Mr. Wonderful worked nights. As a result, I spent many long, hot, afternoons sitting alone with them in the yard, playing in […]


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