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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.

Celebrating the life of Ohio State’s Harry Barr

Thursday, March 13, 2014

“I expect you to do better next time.” Dr. Harry Barr, Ohio State University professor and teacher of Dairy Science 201 — the introductory dairy science class, and my very first dairy class back in 1979 — said it quietly as he laid my first exam face down on the desk in front of me. […]

The Polar Vortex hasn’t been all bad

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Devote days with uncomfortable weather conditions to get caught up on farm bookwork and plans for the coming weeks.

Punching Russia’s breadbasket

Thursday, March 13, 2014

When Vladimir Putin sent his nation’s armed, but unmarked, troops into sovereign territory of Ukraine, he became the latest in a long line of Russian Little Big Men to punch Eurasia’s famed breadbasket in the gut. First came the imperial czars, then the revolutionary Bolsheviks and, right behind them and most brutally, Soviet leader Josef […]

Herbicides and cover crops must agree on each other

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Some ongoing tips for successful cover crops.

Living on the cheap edge

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The nice thing about being a publicly acknowledged “Cheapo” (I prefer the term “thrifty” by the way) is that people are impressed (or repulsed, could go either way) with how well you score bargains. I have long admitted that our home is furnished almost entirely in “early auction.” It pains me to pay full retail […]

The way it was in the spring of 1939

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In March 1939, I was still five months away from my sixth birthday and one more from my first year in a one-room country school (no kindergarten or preschool in those days). My folks may have read the March issue of Farm Journal, but even if they didn’t, I have a copy in front of […]

March hunting opportunities for deer sheds, coyotes

Thursday, March 13, 2014

According to experienced shed hunters both antlers are often dropped within yards of each other and pairs of antlers can match up with antlers from the same animal year after year.

Farm names live on long after owners

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Farmers pay homage to generations of the past.

As federal policies change, make sure you’re still eligible

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hello again! Planning ahead used to be in my vocabulary, but that was before I had children. Now I feel like I fly by the seat of my pants and I only plan one day at a time and that is usually done the night before, as I drift off to sleep. I have noticed […]

So your farm is sustainable? Prove it!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Just thinking or saying you’re sustainable isn’t good enough.

Bull grain market runs into a fence

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Both the bull action and the bear action in recent grain markets come from the Russian Bear.

Expect more fish kills after this winter

Friday, March 7, 2014

Is this year’s winter weather setting ponds up for massive fish kills? The answer is probably yes. Most ponds could be subject to possible fish kills later this year, attributed to prime conditions brought about by this winter’s extreme weather. The disaster recipe for a fish kill in a pond starts with sustained periods of […]

Cowboy Jon Sund is living his dream

Thursday, March 6, 2014

By Mike Tontimonia A real cowboy is more comfortable glued to a saddle than a recliner. He pays little attention to the time — more to the task at hand. Lunch might be a smashed sandwich pulled from a jacket pocket and a drink might be what’s left from yesterday. That is if there is […]

Some practice with the English steam engines

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hello again steam enthusiasts. I have been taking advantage of the cold snowy weather to sort out some of the papers and magazines in my back room and came across my copy of the fifth edition Traction Engine Register, from 1987. It was compiled by John B. True, edited by Brian Johnson and published by […]

Cowboy Jon Sund is living his dream

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A real cowboy is more comfortable glued to a saddle than a recliner. He pays little attention to the time — more to the task at hand. Lunch might be a smashed sandwich pulled from a jacket pocket and a drink might be what’s left from yesterday. That is if there is a lunch at […]

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