Tuesday, June 27, 2017

In the dead of winter, I dream deep dreams of swimming. As the thermometer sits precisely on zero this morning on our farm, I just awoke from a blissful night of dreaming, snuggled down in my cozy warm bed, topped with a down comforter.

Be it bird hunting in Minnesota or vote hunting on Capitol Hill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson is seen as a straight shooter of both pheasants and fools.

"I'm not going to vacuum until Sears makes one you can ride on." - Roseanne Barr

When I first did the math concerning Super Bowl history I was confused. I learned that the first championship game between the NFL and the AFL was played in 1967.

Just think: Spring, by the calendar, is only three months hence. And isn't it sweet to have those few extra minutes of daylight each day, even though the vernal equinox still slumbers? Meanwhile, we must all endure Old Man Winter's wrath along with trying to keep warm, keep the pipes from freezing and despite having had the fireplace chimney relined several years ago, I still can't summon the courage to light a fire.

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.
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