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On a wing and a prayer

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We had made our lists and checked them twice. We had removed all extraneous jewelry. We had packed everything in 3 ounce clear travel sizes.

Winter from the window

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Short snaps of deep cold were not rare but all were deeply unwelcome. The cows, the hired men, the plumbing, the shivering calves, the machinery—everyone and everything—moved slower or not at all when temperatures fell to zero or below.

A lesson about the love of raising sheep

Thursday, January 22, 2015

When I was a toddler, my maternal grandfather decided his four little granddaughters needed the experience of bottle feeding a lamb.

Ask FSA Andy about loans for beginning farmers

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A beginning farmer is defined as someone who has not operated a farm for more than 10 years, substantially participates in a farm operation and meets the eligibility requirements of the loan program they are applying for.

DIY natural cleaners for farm and home

Friday, January 16, 2015

Many cleaning companies have begun to offer natural versions of commercial cleansers as consumers gain eco-consciousness, but these cleaners can easily be made at home.

Patterns: Welcome back, foodie

Thursday, January 15, 2015

We didn’t know it back then but everyone on the big southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth was a foodie.

Pennsylvania can claim first covered bridge

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The first covered bridge in America is believed to have been the High Street (later, Market Street) Bridge across the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

Bird-eating hawk doing what comes naturally

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Whenever I find a bunch of feathers in the yard, I’m confident a sharp-shinned or Cooper’s hawk has probably visited.

Does priority count? New Year’s Day event beginning of show season

Thursday, January 15, 2015

We are starting out the new year with some material on show schedules, not necessarily steam, but engines none the less.

It was a cold day

Thursday, January 15, 2015

It was 9 balmy degrees. This was up from the low of zero midday.

Ask FSA Andy about farm loans for youth

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Youth loans can be used to finance many kinds of agricultural projects.

Children in the 1960s were disciplined

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Childhood television shows and values have all changed — significantly.

Good conservation can lead to better water quality

Thursday, January 15, 2015

It only makes sense we want the manure to remain where it is applied for it to be most profitable.

Jake: More than a dog, he was a buddy

Thursday, January 15, 2015

In a lifetime, every man is entitled to a few things. The rest is earned.

January USDA reports move grain markets

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Corn outlook: “I am not bullish, but I am friendly to the idea of new highs. We can’t have high prices without a 1 billion carryout in corn. We have to look to the new crop for help there.”

Add heritage breed livestock to your farm

Friday, January 9, 2015

“Heritage” is an umbrella term that embraces pure breeds of livestock and poultry with deep histories in the United States. And many farmers are working to bring them from the brink of extinction.

Get the checkbook: Let the boat buying begin!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The stars are aligned. The bills mostly paid. You’ve been dreaming about it and permission has finally been granted by the keeper of the purse strings.

Remember to educate yourself, and your friends, about farming

Thursday, January 8, 2015

As producers, we have many opportunities to share and educate.

New year, same focus on water quality

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Water quality continues to be a focus, for farmers and everyone else.

Be real when assessing your dairy risk

Thursday, January 8, 2015

In all likelihood, expect a tough year for dairy production.

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