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Love for a pony is a lesson in life

Thursday, January 30, 2014

“A horse gallops with its lungs, perseveres with its heart, and wins with its character.” — Tessio All of my life, I realize now that I totally misunderstood one extremely important part of horsemanship, and perhaps life in general. Now that the light has been cast upon my misconception, everything makes much more sense. Maybe, […]

Are they superstitions, folk remedies or signs?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

When I was a kid I’d hear some of the older farmers in the neighborhood talk of planting something by the dark of the moon, while other crops must be sown in the light of the moon. My own father and grandfather didn’t mention such requirements for farming operations so I never learned the ins […]

Coydogs are more of an urban legend than fact

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ohio’s coyotes are everywhere, as in of the state’s 88 counties, according to Jamey Emmert, of the Division of Wildlife, who suggested that although the state has seen the number of coyotes increase rapidly in recent years, their numbers have seemed to have leveled off. But Ohio isn’t the only state with more than enough […]

Let’s do lunch — and snacks

Thursday, January 30, 2014

That screaming sound you heard should not alarm anyone but me and my pants. After a really successful 2013 where I ate healthier than ever, felt better than ever, and dropped 35 pounds of chub (mostly from my extra chin and midriff), I stepped onto a scale to discover that 10 of those pounds had […]

FSA conservation loan program

Thursday, January 30, 2014

This loan program was initially set up as both a direct and a guaranteed loan program. For fiscal year 2014 Congress has only funded the guaranteed conservation loan program.

Get ready as cold weather continues

Thursday, January 30, 2014

This year’s colder-than-usual weather reinforces the need to be prepared.

New farm bill was a shameful process

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The farm bill may be settled, but the process was ugly.

Groundhog Day is chance to break cycle

Thursday, January 30, 2014

As the Super Bowl Groundhog Day approaches … think about the Bill Murray movie. … Are you stuck in a negative loop? Could you improve and make things right?

Weather dominates grain market talk

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Corn has gotten back toward the top of the trading range it has been in for the last two months, but that is about it.

4-H can make a difference in child’s life

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Adolescents can be significantly influenced by factors in their homes, schools and communities. And 4-H participation can be a huge difference-maker.

Why farming changed the way I eat

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Once upon a time, not so long ago, I was a vegetarian. Then I became a farmer, and it completely changed my food attitude.

City farming for country folks

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Urban farms are filling vacant lots, growing as rooftop gardens, and sprouting in streetside flowerboxes. Creative and resourceful city farming methods put-to-use in the country can increase farm yields, productivity and profit. Urban farming techniques can help country farmers optimize space, micromanage renewable resources, and market products direct.

Rev. George Hazlett’s final column: A good life

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Rev. George A. Hazlett shares his final thoughts just prior to his death Jan. 18, 2014. Rev. Hazlett was 74.

What’s that worth? Value is in the eye of beholder

Thursday, January 23, 2014

This material is the result of some of that inspiration that we all get on occasion. As usual, I’m not sure just what happened to start this train of thought, but the topic is one that comes up in the Old Iron business quite often, as well as many other pursuits. Original price or value […]

Let the nesting season begin, in spite of the cold

Thursday, January 23, 2014

With the polar vortex still fresh on our minds, it almost seems silly to discuss nesting birds. But the nesting season begins in January for bald eagles and great horned owls. An egg was laid in an eagle nest on the campus of Berry College in Georgia, Jan. 14. And in Pittsburgh a pair of […]

Pony love is equal to Grandpa’s love

Thursday, January 23, 2014

“The journey through life is brightened and enlightened by those who travel at least part of it on horseback.” —Anonymous Part Three Ponies, my friend Cindy explained to me just yesterday, have two gears. The first gear, she said, is known as a filling-loosening trot; second, a flat-out gallop. “Wait,” I said. “What is that […]

Go slow on the bull market

Thursday, January 23, 2014

You wouldn’t order a new pick-up truck without reserving the right to amend—choose—how the truck is equipped inside and out. The same goes for a new combine or an operating loan. After all, it’s your farm or ranch so, naturally, you’ll choose what’s right for you and it and not let some ratchet-jawed salesman dictate […]

What to do when your new neighbors have sharp teeth

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Your new neighbors might not be the ones you can see, but they can often be heard after dark, singing a scary tune, a song that can bring the hair on one’s neck to attention. In fact, these new neighbors are usually crude and secretive — traits you might not approve of — and you […]

Beginning farmers can get loans through USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ohio’s Farm Service Agency made 72 direct annual operating loans and 40 term operating loans to beginning farmers. Ohio FSA also made 13 direct annual operating loans, 20 direct term operating loans, and 38 youth loans to socially disadvantaged applicants.

Court: Manure is not a pollutant

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wisconsin court: “Manure in the hands of a dairy farmer is not a ‘waste’ product; it is a natural fertilizer.”

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