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Ruffed Grouse Society adds woodcock option

Thursday, February 27, 2014

To an unsuspecting beginner, flushing a grouse or woodcock can be unnerving.

Paper to plastic

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I can still remember thinking — “What are they crazy?” — when just hours after the birth of our firstborn the hospital staff began blanketing me in what seemed an endless stack of papers. Forms Medical forms, insurance forms, social security forms and birth certificate information. I gave birth to a 7 pound baby, and […]

Starting seeds indoors: What you need to know

Friday, February 21, 2014

If you’re an avid gardener, or hobby farmer, get your seeds started indoors soon. Starting seeds in late February and early March will give your plants the best chance when they’re moved outdoors.

HSUS and PETA are the least of your problems

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Early February was not a good time to be an American carnivore. First, on Feb. 8, Rancho Feeding Co. of Petaluma, Calif., announced it was recalling 8.7 million pounds of beef carcasses and cuts. That’s virtually every pound of the company’s 2013 throughput. Reason The reason for the recall, explained the Feb. 11 Los Angeles […]

Tired of snow? Think spring and start building a birdhouse

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I know it seems like this winter will never end, but days are getting longer, and just a few days ago, I finally saw blue sky and felt the warmth of sunshine. With longer days and bright sunshine comes hope in the form of bird song. And no voices sound better on a cold February […]

Building, evaluating farm family relations

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Success in family businesses is a two-way street — top managers creating an environment in which people can succeed and people taking advantage of the opportunities given them. The guidelines for being known as an outstanding family member in the business are strikingly similar to the guidelines for building a reputation as an outstanding non-family […]

Winter is the time to make plans

Thursday, February 20, 2014

By JON ROALES Winter is here, there is no doubt about that. As someone who has worked outside his entire adult life, that means one of two things. Either, I am putting on many layers of clothes and trudging through cold days, or I was laid off. While it is not very fun to work […]

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy about service-oriented architecture

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hello Again! Most of us are fortunate to have missed most of the last major snow and ice storm that slammed the south and moved up the east coast. The old woodchuck certainly got it right this year. My daughter is not happy to have to make up snow days and I think that senioritis […]

Sometimes, there is just no reasoning

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Paradise may be found from the inside, looking out, on these winter days, when the bare-boned trees are covered with glistening ice and snow. But living in it is sometimes more challenging. Slippery ice Running an errand for my office one day last week, I found myself face-planted in ice-encrusted snow after slipping on a […]

Careful decision making can position your herd for success

Thursday, February 20, 2014

When making decisions, weigh the evidence carefully.

Pasture renovation is just around the corner

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The snow and cold remain, but that will soon change.

After a long weekend, grain market analysis tougher

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Even while we talk of the prospect of acres changing from corn to beans, in reality, the farmers have already ordered seed and made that decision.

Farm failures: We didn’t plan for it to happen…

Friday, February 14, 2014

Stephen Covey had a great quote that is worthy of every bulletin board: “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

Liming: Are you keeping your soil healthy?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Liming is not new science, back in 1760 George Washington was adding marl, a source of calcium carbonate, to his farmland as a way to “sweeten the soil.” Managing soil acidity sounds so old school but we are still using calcium carbonate to perform this soil altering function. Liming recommendations Current liming recommendations are more […]

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy about Walter Lincoln Hawkins

Friday, February 14, 2014

Hello Again! The snow is piled high along the roadways and the ends of driveways as we have dug out after yet another of winter’s mixed bag of tricks. I’m sure the folks in California would be very grateful for the snow and rain we have had here over the last two weeks. While it […]

What triggered high milk prices? Exports

Friday, February 14, 2014

As a percentage of total U.S. production, we are now exporting more dairy products than corn. (We exported the equivalent of 31.2 billion pounds of milk, or more than the total annual milk production from New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania combined.)

Why farming changed the way I eat, part three

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In this third and final installment of Why farming changed the way I eat, I want to talk about the dairy in my Farm and Dairy.

The gift that keeps on giving

Thursday, February 13, 2014

If you’re an ag-dependent advertising agency, a commodity organization hired hand or an ag journalist who can’t do math, commodity checkoffs are a gift that just keeps on giving. The most recent checkoff gift comes courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General. The OIG released a 29-page report Jan. 31 on […]

Broken things

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I am a breaker of things. I don’t mean to be. I just am. Fabric tears. Metal dents. Handles fall off. This is why we can’t have nice things. I say I’m thrifty because I love to save money. If truth be told, I think I’m thrifty for an equally practical reason. I like to […]

Barn fire: A wound too fresh to begin to heal

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In this life, we have to stand stronger than the winds that blow. It goes without saying that none of us could stand strong without an unyielding yoke holding us steady through life’s storms. No man could sustain heartache and loss without an unquestioning faith and the steadying compassion of others. It is this that […]

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