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Pony riding was a fun, but sometimes wild experience

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Part II of my pony experience as a child.

Pa. Farm Show ‘Today’s Agriculture’ exhibit exposes what really happens on farms today

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The words under the Today’s Agriculture logo are sage: “Opening the Doors: Farming, Knowledge, Trust.” Being transparent about what goes on in our barns goes a long way to earning consumers’ trust.

Sara (Harris) Bennett

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

SALEM, Ohio — Sara (Harris) Bennett 96, of Salem, formerly of Green Township, died Jan. 10, 2014 at the Courtyard on Lexington Avenue, Salem. She was born on April 20, 1917, in Fayette County, Pa., the daughter of the late J. Holbert and Caroline (Maust) Harris. She has been a resident of the area for […]

Wild Ohio Magazine also serves as an informative and attractive calendar

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The recently distributed November/December Wild Ohio Magazine is not only an informative and fun, if not “wild” publication for Ohio’s outdoor enthusiasts, but it serves as the finest calendar one could ask for. The magazine comes to those who check the Wild Ohio box when purchasing licenses, and also to those who request it online. […]

Embrace the change

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Tis the season to be … worried. I spent this holiday season in complete knots over an opportunity — a marvelous one I had willingly sought. This opportunity offered me a challenging project to temporarily fill long winter hours, in addition to another wonderful job I already have. So how did I meet the call […]

Books, plans and farm ‘Congress’

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A week or two into every new year, most folks review, often regretfully, their list of resolutions already bent, broken or buried. That never happened on the big southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth for one simple reason: We never made any New Year’s resolutions. We didn’t. Honest. In fact, I can’t recall one […]

The history and success of Keystone Steam Drillers

Thursday, January 9, 2014

(Editor’s note: Additional information about the Keystone Driller Company was published in a column in the Dec. 12, 2013, issue.) Hello again steam enthusiasts. I often talk about inspiration and the various ways it comes to me. In this case it came as a direct question. Have you written anything on the Keystone Driller ? […]

FSA loan options require certain criteria

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Hello Again! Each year Congress appropriates funds for FSA farm loans as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture budget. The funds are appropriated for the fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1 until Sept. 30 the following year. The amount of money approved by Congress does not always meet the demand for loan funds. […]

My new bike was no match for pony

Thursday, January 9, 2014

My new bike was nice, but not as nice as friend’s pony.

Following tile and pipe rules makes for ‘one less thing’

Thursday, January 9, 2014

By DAN KRAMER Forrest Gump was a great movie. At least that’s my opinion. I’ve had people tell me it wasn’t something they enjoyed because it was kind of quirky and just odd. One example was Forrest rambling on about, well, everything. The entire movie takes place as a story Forrest is telling various people […]

Dairy prices look favorable for 2014, but anything could happen

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Dairy prices, while hard to predict, do look favorable for new year.

It’s cold outside, so do some nature reading

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Ask any wildlife biologist to name an important professional influence, and most will say Aldo Leopold (1887-1948). His textbook, Game Management (1933), essentially created the profession of wildlife management. Aldo Leopold. Leopold, however, is better known to the general public for his book, A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There. It is nature […]

The Countryman’s Year: Old diary rekindles simple gratitude

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Finding words of wisdom in a 1936 journal: “Blessed is the man who can enjoy the small things, the common beauties: the little day-by-day events, sunshine on the fields… So many people who go afield for enjoyment leave it behind them at home.” –David Grayson (pen name for Ray Stannard Baker).

Sorghum-sudangrass a summer alternative for feed and fuel

Thursday, January 2, 2014

By CHRIS PENROSE and CLIF LITTLE Sorghum-sudangrass hybrids are warm season annual forages that look like sudangrass in growth but are generally taller, with larger stems and leaves. They are bred for productivity, high yielding and can grow to 15 feet without lodging. Sorghum-sudangrass can be grazed, green chopped, baled for hay, silage, haylage, cover […]

Foresters can offer sound advice on timber sales

Thursday, January 2, 2014

WOODSFIELD, Ohio — A few months ago I wrote an article about timber sale contracts. Since then I have had a few people call and stop me on the street and say how much they enjoyed the article and how it helped them to prepare for future timber sales on their property, or they wished […]

Congress wraps up its least productive year ever

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Every year ends on Dec. 31. Every baseball season ends with the World Series. Growing seasons end with a hard freeze and the opera season is over when a large, round lady sings. Today’s ag political season, however, never ends. Farm bills take more than two years to write and they’re still not written. Negotiations […]

Always chore time in bleak midwinter

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ash Day. Someone had to scoop the gray powdery ash from the bottom of the coal furnace, dumping it in to buckets. This is possibly the worst job known to man.

Holiday grain trading takes hit on the market

Monday, December 30, 2013

For the last couple of weeks I have been saying that only the March Planting Intentions Report from USDA can help this market. My idea has been that I don’t see bullish news anywhere on the horizon. But, I do think that farmers will like $13 soybeans better than $4 corn.

USDA FSA plans to go paperless

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Hello Again! Presents are opened, exhausting family gatherings are done and yummy Christmas leftovers (cookies, ham, and homemade goodies) are in the kitchen waiting for you. As you sit there relishing that Christmas is finally over and you are playing with (or learning about) your new electronic toys (iPhone, iPad, or Kindle) and planning your […]

Firmly grounded yet moving forward

Thursday, December 26, 2013

With bellies full and hearts warmed by family festivities, hopefully the holidays provide the much needed time to recharge our minds and rejuvenate our spirits. With a new year quickly approaching, this time also allows us to reflect on the past and plan for the future. In just five short days, we’ll be turning the […]

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