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White House proposes to slice USDA

Thursday, February 16, 2006

The federal government’s annual game of fact or fiction – once known as the budget process – kicked off its nine-month season Feb.

Farmer’s daughter sings from heart

Thursday, February 16, 2006

I spent Friday night with a singing farmer’s daughter and it was the most fun I’ve had in a very long time.

The Cupid Wars set hearts afire

Thursday, February 9, 2006

Don’t you just hate it when worlds collide? My second-grader informed us, imperiously, that Cupid is “just a myth.

Primed for Puzzles

Thursday, February 9, 2006

Maybe it’s laziness, but when I fix on a thought process that requires a quick answer, my focus goes fuzzy.

February brought butcherin’ weather

Thursday, February 9, 2006

If the weather forecast for the southern Illinois farm of my youth promised three or four cold and clear days in early February, the work forecast promised three or four days of hot and heavy hog butchering.

Addiction to oil is a slippery slope

Thursday, February 9, 2006

I found out something this past week that sort of has me stumped. I am addicted to oil. Now, I am trying to figure out how this happened.

One tough cookie can shake this addiction

Thursday, February 2, 2006

The first Girl Scout cookie was sold on Nov. 11, 1932 by a troop in Philadelphia. The girls baked cookies for day nurseries as a community service project.

The Eyes Have It

Thursday, February 2, 2006

This paper runs some great articles on a wide variety of topics: nature, science, human interest, history, progress, and of course farm life.

Use nature for better soil and crops

Thursday, February 2, 2006

The ninth annual Tri-State Conservation Tillage Conference was Jan. 24 at the Radisson Inn in West Middlesex, Pa.

Sleeping dog ignores market faults

Thursday, February 2, 2006

For nearly a decade, the Packers and Stockyards Administration, the USDA watchdog to ensure competitive, fair livestock markets, has been little more than a sleeping dog, according to a devastating, 36-page report released by USDA’s Office of Inspector General Jan.

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