Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Regardless of the size of your dairy farm, if there are family members involved - directly or indirectly - with the business, it is important to conduct regular family business meetings.

Standing at the fence, enjoying a rare day of sunshine in January here on our farm, I watched our dog Channing circling the pasture in a sweeping motion and wondered what she was up to now.

At last week's retirement open house for Jefferson County Extension Director Ken Simeral, OSU Extension retiree Joe Pittman observed, "I've always said there are good agents, there are average agents and there are those who should be working someplace else.

An unwritten motto of a former employer, market adviser Professional Farmers of America, was that it's easier to turn journalists into economists than economists into journalists.

Apparently, a 50-percent divorce rate isn't high enough for the cellular telephone industry. No, they've given otherwise loving couples yet one more thing to squabble over: shared minutes.

It's a fine man's name, though you don't hear it used much. Marion Morrison, who surely could have found fame using his real name, became better known as John Wayne, then dubbed simply "Duke".

When I opened the computer file that holds the farm calendar of events we print each week, I glanced at the little numbers that tell me how long the file is in column-inch terms.

One of the oldest truisms in agriculture noted that "when farmers make money, everybody in town makes money.

He's always been less a lover, more a fighter. We bought him almost 15 years ago, in our early dating days when buying a cat together was still giddily committed, "hey look at us, we're a FAMILY!" We found him in a pet shop, stuck in a cage in a roomful of barking dogs, eyes wide, fur on end.

I was a volunteer at the elementary school library when I first learned of the cholesterol- lowering affects of oatmeal.
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