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Know the value of quality beef

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

“You get what you pay for” is a saying that often assumes limitations.

Finding Christmas

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

By the time you read this, it will be Christmas.

Land preservation: A gift for future generations

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The holidays are a great time of year to reflect on the tradition of gift-giving.

Looking ahead to land value, cash rent and inputs

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Many factors could impact land and rent prices in 2015.

Dec. 21: The shortest day of the year on earth

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The first day of winter, Dec. 21, is defined by the year’s shortest day and longest night.

Mark calendars for these outdoors, boat shows

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

It’s show time! Starting soon, Cleveland’s IX Center will be stuffed with boats and bucks as the annual Mid-American Boat Show and the Outdoor Adventure Show open under the same roof.

Fowler’s Chapter Three: Story of the Steam Plough Works

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

I finally got the time needed to review the latter chapters of Michael Lane’s Story of the Steam Plough Works, which is a history of the Fowler Works of Leeds England.

Odd trading week may hurt rallies

Monday, December 22, 2014

Short week, but lots of activity still happening in the markets.

Country Christmas crafts

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kids get a kick out of making angels from corn husks, but also enjoy filling glass ornaments with seeds. Even the teenagers in the family tolerate spray painting components for the baskets.

How to Christmas shop for your sportsman

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Separating the sportsman’s needs from wants.

Sears and Roebuck shaped Christmas traditions

Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Christmas column this year is, as they say on the air, an “encore presentation,” having appeared in December of both 1995 and 2000. How many of you remember the anticipation, and the agonizingly long wait, after your mother sent in an order to Sears and Roebuck or Montgomery Ward? This Christmas season made me […]

Reminiscing over Christmas traditions

Thursday, December 18, 2014

From square dancing to singing, Christmas was a time for tradition.

Hunting tales and dairy margin protection

Thursday, December 18, 2014

With deer hunting over, time to focus on farm programs.

Crop insurance: Flawed and fixable

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Federally subsidized crop insurance is the elephant in the Farm Bill pantry and anyone who had any role in pushing the law through the zoo called Congress knows it.

Year-end and farm business considerations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

End of another year means its time to analyze your farm business decisions.

The case of the missing keys

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The nice thing about marriage is that you have sort of a built in failsafe for those days when even though you love them, you really don’t LIKE your spouse very much.

Make the birds an all-season peanut butter treat

Thursday, December 18, 2014

With cold weather upon us, here’s a recipe for the birds.

News nudges corn and wheat to highs

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Speculation about Russian wheat exports seems to be the cause of recent price jumps in the Chicago wheat futures.

Winter is for the birds

Friday, December 12, 2014

Cold weather can be rough on our feathered friends. Providing birds with food and shelter throughout the winter helps keep them happy and healthy, and lights up my otherwise dismal looking yard with color and song.

Use your influence to talk about farming

Thursday, December 11, 2014

People don’t want to hear from a faceless organization, they want to hear from people they know, or “ordinary” people like them. Farmers like you. Real people.

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