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  • Hey, birders: It’s time for Project Feeder Watch

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Cash in on opportunities with farm storage, facility loans

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Opportunities to help you build your grain storage needs.

Solving those downstream dilemmas

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Columbiana County is primarily an agricultural area, and one feature that makes this county exceptional is its water.

Growing up in a world unlike today

Thursday, November 20, 2014

While many in the 1950s and ‘60s were drawn to take a turn as a wild west cowboy, many of my memories involve ‘playing house,’ my older sisters telling me what to do and say.

Hey, birders: It’s time for Project Feeder Watch

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Project FeederWatch, Cornell University’s citizen science program sponsored by the Lab of Ornithology, has begun a new season, and new volunteers are always welcome.

Grid marketing could reward your herd

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Most cattle feeders are pretty shrewd businessmen and women. They don’t just know how to run a break-even. They live and breathe them. They study profit opportunities like their future depends on them, because — especially in times like these — it does. Talk marketing with any longtime feeder, and they’re likely to tell you […]

Unsteady prices as harvest winds down

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I am remembering the traditional harvest schedule of my youth, when we hoped to have the crop in by Thanksgiving Day.

Restoring old tractors is rewarding, but costly

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I don’t claim to be “restoring” a tractor, as to me that means making it exactly as it was when new, an almost impossible undertaking unless one has unlimited funds.

Who wants to be a beekeeper? Plan spring hives now

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fall the best time to procure supplies, learn skills and build connections for thriving spring hives.

How to ID common feeder birds

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Identifying common backyard birds is relatively simple by using a step-by-step procedure.

New survey gives more accurate view of Lake Erie fish populations

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lake Erie’s walleye —easily one of the wonders of the fishing world and the only fish known to fall from the sky on New Year’s Eve in a western Ohio coastline city that claims to be the Walleye Capital of the World — is simply not what it once was.

Bring on the winter season

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall’s first frost — usually a mid-October event in my adopted central Illinois — waited until the last possible monthly moment — deep into Halloween night — to finally show winter’s white face.

Tips on managing manure in winter

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cold weather is quickly approaching and with it brings manure management concerns.

Ween smart, reduce livestock stress

Thursday, November 13, 2014

It has been said many times that the most economical way to raise cattle is in a forage system.

The dreaded parlor stove makes its return again

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Folks in the latter half of the 19th century went through an unpleasant ritual along about this time of year, or probably a little earlier in Northern climes, called “putting up the parlor stove.”

Farm boys always know where their dad is

Thursday, November 13, 2014

When you’re looking for dad, ask your farm boy.

The great leggings war

Thursday, November 13, 2014

This conversation is about knit pants. Let me repeat that: knit pants.

Ask FSA Andy about FSA county committees elections

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Well the national election is over and you probably thought that all the advertisements and articles about elections were over!

USDA reports yield just a murmur on grain markets

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

With the big grain crops, prices do not have a good reason to improve. There are hard decisions ahead for farmers.

Fermentation, the other preservation

Friday, November 7, 2014

Fermentation is a growing trend for producing safe, easy and healthy foods and beverages.

Take time to know your feed costs

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Milk prices are still phenomenal and feed prices are far below what you were paying last year. So what am I fretting about?

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