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Teens have earned my respect; adults, no

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Here in the Midwest it is fair season. County fairs are gearing up, winding down, and whirling along.

Yup, fact is stranger than fiction

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Herman Melville was a pretty good fiction writer, but his 1851 whale of a tale — something about a big fish and a peg-legged man named Ahab — was, in fact, based on the true story of the American whaling ship Essex that, in 1820, was attacked and sunk by a huge whale in the South Pacific.

Many thanks for another year of Ohio State Fair memories

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thank you to the parents, members and everyone else, for another great fair.

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Farmers depend on tuning into the world around them. Like a textbook, they read the land, plants and animals they raise for a living to determine their management choices.

Old property wills can make fascinating reading

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Old wills, and I mean really old wills, are fascinating to read. They’re a way to learn about how our ancestors lived, as well as seeing what worldly goods were important to them.

Good fishing intel before hitting Lake Erie = limit

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The big hand hit six and we were on our way north, heading for Fairport Harbor, Ohio, to see if we could luck into a batch of yellow perch.

Insects: Spittlebugs, galls, and evening singers

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Insects thrive during the warmth of summer, and many are conspicuous and familiar.

Ask FSA Andy about FSA loan funds

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Farm Service Agency continues to have loan funds available in all categories of the loan programs.

Pastures and pipelines: Projects are not as simple as you think

Monday, August 11, 2014

The scope of a pipeline company’s activities may impact your farm operation for a long time to come. Don’t rush anything, and get it in writing! Tips for landowners.

You can pay for employees’ time, but how do you really motivate them?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Farmers should take time to examine the five functions of management: planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling.

While Congress is on recess, there is much we can still learn

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Congress left a lot undone, before going on summer recess.

Turn mowing pains into healthy gains

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mowing the lawn doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore.

Mountain lion sighted in eastern Ohio

Thursday, August 7, 2014

According to Ohio wildlife officials, a mountain lion was sighted recently near Wintersville in Jefferson County, Ohio.

This farm style stood the test of time

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Just this past week, a friend and I got to talking about how certain traditions have been handed down, some by family, others through the law of life’s essentials.

Speak easy: A slippery slope of English

Thursday, August 7, 2014

There has been a move afoot for some time to relax (see also: dumb down) the English language.

Hummingbird guilt while on summer vacation

Thursday, August 7, 2014

When my wife and I left on vacation July 21, I felt pangs of guilt. I had been hosting a growing number of ruby-throated hummingbirds at my feeders since early May.

Ask FSA Andy about crop insurance

Thursday, August 7, 2014

As you can see from the wide variety of weather Ohio experiences in a seven-month period, one may want to consider some type of coverage on their crops that they invest their time and money into planting.

Books for the rest of summer

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Relaxing in a hammock with a good book is a great way to relax on a warm summer afternoon. Here are a few titles that have recently caught my eye.

Ohio Texas Longhorn show draws a crowd

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The 17th Annual Texas Longhorn show was staged July 19 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster, Ohio.

Summertime on the farm for kids makes anything seem possible

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summertime memories of being a kid on the farm.

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