During the next month, I will be on the road across Ohio helping to teach the OSU Income Tax Schools. These workshops help teach tax professionals about the latest changes to the IRS tax codes. Today, I would like to remind farmers to push the numbers with their pencil to determine their potential tax liability […]
Freddie Sprague got the mumps in late October, and they closed the school. That month was the best I ever had in some ways. It started off bad because Bill, our old white horse, died. Mother wouldn’t let us quit studying just because the school-house was closed, so as soon as the supper dishes were […]
Many predators seek deer — not just humans.
I give thanks for the opportunity to rub elbows with the Ralph Kohlers of the world.
In the musical Annie Get Your Gun, the lead character belts out the lyrics to There’s No Business Like Show Business. The key message is that folks in show biz stick together.
In a 1917 issue of Gas Review magazine is the following story by a proud papa: “Our boy wanted a gasoline engine, talked about it often, and punished the mails for information. “Even a small engine would do,” he said. The difficulty was, you see, that gasoline engines do not grow on bushes. Still the […]
Like most Americans of 1955 or so vintage, the lovely Catherine and I will spend time this week recalling our personal whos, whats, whens and wheres of President John F. Kennedy’s murder, funeral and burial 50 years ago. It is likely, though, we won’t talk much about JFK’s politics and policy because we were too […]
“There are only two kinds of men in this world: Honest men and dishonest men. …Any man who says the world owes him a living is dishonest. The same God that made you and me made this earth. And He planned it so that it would yield every single thing that the people on it […]
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks of course, but many hunters are especially thankful that it signals the start of deer gun season the following Monday. I think I see more pickup trucks parked along the road the first day of gun season than are on the road. And while hunting is now for […]
Hello Again! The Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program allows producers of eligible commodities to obtain low-interest financing to build or upgrade farm storage and handling facilities. The new maximum principal amount of a loan through FSFL is $500,000. Participants are now required to provide a down payment of 15 percent, with CCC providing a […]
Every fall I hear about a big buck someone has been tracking and watching for weeks. But when the gun season arrives, that big buck vanishes, only to reappear a few weeks later. Are deer really that smart? Deer intelligence Keen senses of smell, vision, and hearing have a lot to do with deer “intelligence.” […]
Over the river and through the wood to Grandmother’s house we go! It’s a refrain as old as the hills — or at least as old as the holidays. What is far less worthy of sing-along, but just as common, is the well roasted chestnut of holiday discord: where — and with whom — to […]
Although I’m sure it’s been the source of family feuds, nothing brings people together like food. Cheese diplomacy and other dairy news tidbits.
The EPA is proposing a cut in what we refer to as the “ethanol mandate.” Although this is still a proposal, it hit the market like law.
Turkeys and deer must prepare for winter before it gets here.
I can give you advice. Your friends can show you what’s working on their ranch. You can read articles and learn from your local team of experts — Extension specialists, veterinarians, nutritionists and so on. But when it comes down to it, you’re the one who needs to make the decisions. You have to determine […]
What is it about American agriculture that inspires farm and ranch groups to not trust American consumers? What do we fear?
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined there are a number of potential concerns.
Hello Again,FSA county committees play a vital and relevant role in delivering important farm programs. Your participation in the election process will result in a robust county committee system for all producers. The election of agricultural producers to Farm Service Agency county committees is important to all farmers and ranchers, whether beginning or long-established with […]
Dairymen can’t make a profitable year based on one-day’s sales, like Black Friday retailers. Being profitable requires you to be in the top 20 percent of dairy farms. Being “average” is accepting lower profitability or even sometimes at being unprofitable.