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Part II: Growing mushrooms outdoors

Friday, December 5, 2014

Outdoor mushroom growing is a viable option for those who lack indoor space or wish to produce a large mushroom crop, and it’s great for intermediate growers.

Deer season: Be prepared before it arrives

Thursday, December 4, 2014

With Ohio deer hunters tagging tens of thousands of deer this week comes the promise of countless venison meals in the coming months.

Summer of squalor revisited

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Every once in a while I receive a note asking about something I wrote about some time ago. This time it was a sweet email asking about how things went with the Summer of Squalor.

What’s in a name? Everything!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

There is no venue more inviting for a gaggle of girls than a big old farm with a constantly changing cast of characters.

Tax season is a good time for planning

Thursday, December 4, 2014

As we begin the month of December, it is great time for farmers to start to analyze their 2014 farm records.

Hand-written memories retell saw mill story

Thursday, December 4, 2014

About half a mile from the one-room school I attended was a saw mill that was owned by a farmer named Harvey Smith, and that was operated by Smith and his oldest son, Harold.

Ask FSA Andy about the Milk Margin Protection Program

Thursday, December 4, 2014

If your house is anything like ours, I am sure you have seen enough leftovers and turkey casseroles until another holiday.

Make a list: Gift suggestions for nature lovers

Thursday, December 4, 2014

As the holidays approach, it’s time to think about gifts for nature lovers on your list.

Always time to learn something new

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Winter is upon us. At least that’s what it felt like after the mid-November arctic blast and snowfall.

On immigration, Congress needs to do what we elected them to do: Lead

Thursday, December 4, 2014

If you ran your farm or ranch like the White House and Congress run the federal government, your corn would never get planted and your cows would be long gone.

Part I: Growing mushrooms indoors

Friday, November 28, 2014

Fresh mushrooms are another fast, easy and fun food to grow indoors. Indoor mushroom kits are available in dozens of fungi varieties, from basic buttons to expensive exotics.

Want to think outside of the box for Christmas? Try the soil and water conservation districts

Thursday, November 27, 2014

This Year Make Your Black Friday GREEN! Ho Ho Hold on a minute! Try as you might, there is no going back. The Thanksgiving turkey, heck, even the Halloween ghouls and goblins, will forevermore be in competition with Santa and his entourage of elves. Like a full-blown blizzard that comes suddenly and unexpectedly, burying autumn […]

Dairy margin programs: what to know

Thursday, November 27, 2014

With deadlines quickly approaching, here are some dairy program reminders.

Tips on traveling to North Dakota

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The following is from notes scribbled recently concerning a road trip to Devils Lake, North Dakota.

What you need to know about the Tree Assistance Program

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sign-up for the Tree Assistance Program continues.

Quantitative spinning: It’s in the numbers

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Against all odds, economics, the dismal science, has become even more dismal.

Life happens, no matter our plans

Thursday, November 27, 2014

With the re-setting of the clocks to standard time comes a darkness that plays right in to the hand of the changing calendar.

Let’s invent the perfect Mom App

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I’ve had my smartphone for almost three years (that’s practically a golden anniversary in the tech world), and I have become that person who, when faced with a new challenge or task, says ‘I think I have an app for that.’

Short week may make erratic markets

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The most notable feature of this week on the Chicago Board of Trade is the lack of trading hours.

Let’s all practice farm safety

Thursday, November 27, 2014

A secure, healthy food supply is everyone’s business in the livestock world. So is the safety of farmers and farm workers producing this abundant food supply.

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