As we closed the door on yet another beautiful September, life shifts into a different gear. My hubby baled up a fourth crop of hay and put it in the barn on a gloriously sunny final Saturday of September. Our sweet daughter came one day and helped me organize and clean up the garage, the […]
Hello Friends, With a Direct or Guaranteed Farm Operating Loan through the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, a qualified farmer can purchase or lease items needed for a successful farm operation, such as livestock, farm equipment, feed, seed, chemicals, or other operating expenses. These loans may also be used to pay for minor improvements to buildings, […]
Several generations of Salem High School students bought school supplies at the Harris Printing Co. store across North Lincoln and up a few doors from the school, and probably a good many Salem residents are aware of the Harris Printing Company which got its start in town way back in 1866, and which is still […]
A month ago an editor friend replied to a draft copy of one of these weekly efforts with the simple email comment: “You’ve got to be kidding.” My reply assured him I wasn’t kidding because, “No one, not even me, can make this stuff up.” For example, could you make up the fact that when […]
We grew up exploring the woods and the valleys in the open spaces of farmland, and on rainy days with any free time granted, the big old barns provided a stage for vivid imaginary play. A bale of straw made an awesome barricade from the bad guys, and our imaginary finger-and-thumb guns kept them at […]
Deer hunting in Ohio draws the most interest from hunters, far exceeding any other hunting activity. While serious deer hunters have been thinking about their favorite pasttime for months, the real thing starts this weekend with the opening of archery season. That means dreams, scouting, shooting practice, gear prep, shopping, and talking about it ends […]
Lately I’ve had a lot of time to stop and smell the roses. I’ve been taking the slow lane, enjoying the scenery. No, I’m not enjoying a newfound sense of Zen peace. I’m playing driving instructor to our 16-year-old. We paid a nice driving school a hefty sum to teach him in classroom and in […]
If the harvest is disappointing, we could see a rally into the late harvest. If not, we have not yet seen the low.
Just before the Labor Day weekend began, Aug. 30, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced China was welcome “to export processed, cooked chicken to the United States.” If USDA hoped this little nugget might get overlooked during summer’s last, languid holiday, that thought was deep-fried by noon when Politico, the […]
Hello again, MILC producers need to be aware the MILC program has still been in effect throughout the 2013 fiscal year. Payments have been available in the months of October of 2012, and January, February, March, April, May, June and July of 2013. Rates were $.0236789, $.1179986, $.5222389, $.7545603, $.6988366, $.7423572, $.2187348 and $.0584288. Payments […]
Farm boys learn quickly.
Are you using all the tools in your toolbox? As this is my first time writing an article for All About Grazing. I wasn’t sure what to write about. I looked back over all the articles that everyone else had written and realized that about every topic I considered writing about had already been covered. […]
I am the least-likely athletic parent you would ever want to meet. I was the two left feet, poor eyesight, quintessential last kid picked. My playground days were spent hanging around the swing set, not swinging a bat to the skies. It’s the ultimate irony of the universe that someone like me would give birth […]
Timber sale contracts back in my grandfather and great grandfathers days consisted of a good ole firm hand shake and working together with the landowner to make a good timber harvest. Times have changed In this busy world we live in now with modern technology and everyone going in nine different directions to make ends […]
Build it and they will come may have worked like a charm for the big screen dreamer who built a baseball diamond in his cornfield, but that simple statement also proved true for Maggie and Frank Navarrete when they bet their future on a small store filled with top shelf fishing tackle, a few thousand […]
Fall is also migration and molt season, for birds.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, everyone knows squirrels. “Squirrels,” however, is a generic term. I use it here to refer to game species — gray, fox and red squirrels. These are the three species of tree squirrels that most eastern state wildlife agencies recognize as game species. To confuse the issue just a bit, some […]
Sometime around 1941, the Moore & Townsend partnership (my father and my uncle) bought a used Farmall F-30 tractor to replace an old McCormick-Deering 10-20. That F-30, with a 3-bottom John Deere plow, was a big tractor in our part of western Beaver County, Pa. Well, I was at the Canfield Fair recently and Witmer’s […]
When my children started preschool I wanted to be involved. Being new to the community and eager to crack the code that would grant me access to the inner circles of small town life, I said yes to everything. By this, I mean the party planning, parade coordination, craft procurement and general commitment to the […]
Our good friends at Progressive Farmer magazine fill 15 pages of their September issue with a well-researched, well-written “special report” on “Feeding the World.” ( http://www.dtnpf-digital.com/#&pageSet=26) The four-color, four-story package hits all the humane highlights U.S. farmers and ranchers expect in these stories of manifest destiny when “the world will look to the U.S. to […]