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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.”

Even though it’s winter, there’s still plenty of pasture work to be done

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

With the colder temperatures and calving season upon us, the nutrient requirement for momma cows is soon to be at its peak demand.

Dress for success

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Kymberly Foster Seabolt discusses growing up, even though she’s already been through the paces.

Cash prices will barely cover direct costs of raising corn

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

There’s been shift in profit centers on some Midwestern dairy farms for a couple years, one that is likely to shift again in 2014.

Grain prices lower after the long weekend

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The long MLK weekend seemed to be an excuse for soybean speculators to rethink the bullishness that came out of the Jan. 10th USDA reports.

Readers wonder, ‘Where are my birds this winter?’

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Every winter I get letters and emails from readers asking why they are seeing fewer birds at their feeders. For example, Sheryll Jameson, from Parkersburg, W.Va. writes, “I enjoy reading your column and wondered if you could answer a question for me. I have been feeding birds for several years and am disappointed by the […]

FSA provides loans to youth for 4-H, FFA and beginning farmers

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has a loan program to assist rural youth to establish and operate income producing agriculture projects. In the last five years the New Philadelphia Farm Loan team has made 153 youth loans for a total of $463,980. In fiscal year 2013 we made 28 youth loans for a […]

Fill in the Blank

Thursday, January 16, 2014

As you read today’s column, I would like you to fill in the blank, and then if you have time respond to me by mail at: Dr. George A. Hazlett c/o Farm and Dairy, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460. My reason for writing this subject is the decline that we are seeing on a […]

Why I became a young farmer

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ivory Harlow isn’t your typical farmer. She shares her reasons for becoming a farmer in her inaugural column for farmanddairy.com.

Natural resources conservation on the farm: It’s our obligation to leave a legacy

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Legacies can also be left in the area of ‘conservation.’

Consistency can pay for itself in cattle business

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cattle ranchers who stuck with their program are likely well-situated in 2014.

Ag’s budget math favors crop insurance

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Claims of food stamp fraud just don’t match up with reality.

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