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Katrina’s agricultural effects are secondary to summer drought’s

Thursday, September 15, 2005

As Hurricane Katrina’s smashing blows fell on the Gulf Coast, commodity traders did what they always do when uncertainty hits the pits: They sold.

Look back and relive beloved times

Thursday, September 8, 2005

Have you ever been driving along, listening to the radio, when a song comes on that simply takes you back to a day, a moment in time, a place you never thought you would be again? I have experienced that same incredible jolt at times when looking at treasured photographs.

Forging a ‘failure for life’ in first grade

Thursday, September 8, 2005

There is a certain, delicious agony in failing first grade. Granted, it’s virtually impossible to really flunk out on the second day of school, but me, I’m an overachiever.

Moving In

Thursday, September 8, 2005

No matter how much we plan ahead at our house, it seems those plans always change. I choke back some frustration, let the rest of it torture the eardrums of my family in heated words, and tell myself to stay flexible.

Summer’s end is filled with yellow

Thursday, September 8, 2005

The end of central Illinois’ heat-stoked, rain-starved summer is being whispered in the yellow leaves rattling on my backyard’s black walnut trees.

Essentials farmers can’t live without

Thursday, September 1, 2005

I have a big question for all farmers out there. Who among you could possibly farm without the following agricultural essentials: baler twine, duct tape and a tarp strap or two.

Here’s to a not so ‘perfectly’ good year

Thursday, September 1, 2005

On your mark, get set, go back to school! That rite of passage, the “back to school season,” is upon us once again, ready or not.

Demo-Derby Driven

Thursday, September 1, 2005

Driving home after a day at work can get to the best of us. With hectic schedules and multi-tasked minds, it’s hard to avoid road rage as we hustle around each other.

Court piles on meatpackers’ power

Thursday, September 1, 2005

Killed the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921. Largely gutted the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s mandate to “promote fair and competitive trading practices for the overall benefit of consumers and American agriculture.

Immunity depends on feeding dam’s milk fast to newborn calves

Thursday, September 1, 2005

It is the Red Bull power drink for calves, and then some. We tend to take colostrum for granted, not fully appreciating how amazing this first milk is.

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