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Spring cleaning interupts winter

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Winter stayed, and most days thereafter brought more clear, cold evidence that the lion that came in with March planned to stay the entire month.

Steve Baylor gives fishing with jigs new meaning

Thursday, April 3, 2014

But when it comes to lures, Baylor could carry all that he needs in his shirt pocket.

An animal does tell you things

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

“Let’s be honest, many human doctors regard veterinary medicine as crude, plodding and nebulous.” — Dr. Nick Trout, Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life As an Animal Surgeon Part I of II Over a lifetime, I have held veterinarians in high regard, having been blessed to […]

USDA report helps grain market

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

USDA planting report afterglow: Unless there are amazing discrepancies from the expectations, the market spends one day reacting, then we go back to business.

Dates to remember, as you await better weather

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello again! The weather, the weather, the weather! Lately it sounds like a curse word. I realize it is only March, and yes, I know spring will come eventually. It just feels like it has been a very long winter. For me, it isn’t about getting into a field to get it planted.  In my […]

March Madness calls for prep changes

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Farmers want to know when better weather is going to stay for good, rather than just visit like an out of town relative.

That ol’ ‘I know what I know’ logic

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Little wonder why Congress got the Farm Bill math wrong: it knows what it knows and everyone else can just shut up.

The Great Doughnut Resistance

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I am eating a banana when what I really want to be eating is pastry. I call that progress. Ever since starting my new to me office type job with business type people I have gained weight. Not a lot of weight but enough weight to be alarming. This caught me off guard because I […]

Is a limited liability co. right for you?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Is it the right thing for every farm and family? Maybe not, but forming an LLC may be an alternative some farm families want to consider.

To truly appreciate nature, one must experience it

Thursday, March 27, 2014

To truly enjoy and appreciate nature, we must experience it. It recharges the soul, and it actually made me feel better physically.

New Ohio hunting regulations could prove interesting

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New proposals could change bag limits, legal hunting guns.

Market Monitor : Volatile week before USDA report

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Grain markets are anxious to find out what the USDA Planting Intentions Report will have say how many corn and soybeans acres are expected for the 2014 growing year.

Calendar says it’s spring: Ready for grazing season?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The key to successful grazing is trying to predict what is down the road so we can be prepared for it.

Only the smart survive: Looking for resilient dairy farms

Thursday, March 20, 2014

With current feed and milk prices, a black and white cow producing 22,000 pounds/year could net between $1,200 and $1,600.

What is sustainable agriculture, really?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Writing Dirt on Conservation articles is a rewarding task that all the soil and water staff members who write take seriously. We all want the readers to know what we do, how we do it and who we do it with. My problem is coming up with a topic that hasn’t already been covered and […]

Food inspection: safe, not sorry

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Farmers and ranchers, on the other hand, aren’t in the cheap business.

Ask FSA Andy about FSA history

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello Again! I guess I have been a little nostalgic lately, since I just celebrated my 25th year with the Farm Service Agency. With this milestone, I also noted that this will be my fifth farm bill I will get to be part of implementing, by explaining it to our local farmers. It amazes me […]

Don’t take life for granted

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A concussion left Judith Sutherland in pain after her fall this winter.

M.V.P.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Today I found myself caught off guard by the weather. This is because I have not gotten any smarter in the lifetime I have lived in the Midwest. Weather Yesterday it was nearly 60 with a light breeze — so comfortable I could gallivant around in a sweater, sans jacket. Today the temperature had dropped […]

Polar vortex could lead to better fishing prospects

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cold winter of 2013-2014 could bring some surprises for fishing season.

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