Friday, August 26, 2016

Baseball hall of famer Ryne Sandberg said his dad always told him, "Keep your nose clean, your mouth shut and your eyes and ears open because you might learn something.

This is the story of one special horse. When my daughter, Caroline, was a little girl, the biggest thing on her wish list for several consecutive years was a pony.

Former Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman couldn't stop for a cup of coffee in farm and ranch country without waxing romantically on how "1 in 4 acres of American farm production is exported.

Our family had a good laugh recently. Several of us allowed ourselves to be prospective credit applicants when Josie's college friends did a fundraiser for an on-campus organization.

A recent article in another farm publication reminded me of some of the issues facing Columbiana County land owners.

"What does it take to earn a living on the farm?" Good question. What's the answer? Actually, the question was the title of a report from a Minnesota Extension educator (we used to call them 'agents,' remember?).

Do you know what rattle fatigue is? There are no Census Bureau statistics available regarding this, but I'd be willing to bet that nearly 90 percent of all farmers have experienced it at one time.

Sometime in the early summer of 1965 I migrated from my mother's hot kitchen and the family's enormous garden to our farm's sweltering hayfields and crowded milking parlor.

Summer is a favorite of so many for one obvious reason: it is the one season when total disintegration of social mores is completely acceptable.

With the school year coming to a close in the next few weeks, many students will be looking for employment on farms to do a variety of tasks ranging from baling hay to milking cows to operating machinery.
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