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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.

CoBank committing $10 billion to get rural development fund off the ground

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Obama administration is hoping a new rural development fund will lure new investors and investments in rural regions.

Changes are coming to FSA programs

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello Again! Change is inevitable. Change is good. Change is a necessity. These phrases may seem like profound words of wisdom, but seriously we all know change occurs. The only constant regarding change that I know of, is when I slam my Tundra truck door, that change (coins) flies out of my ashtray in the […]

On family and flying potato chips

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I consider myself an “expert” on parenting on par with my “expertise” in machine gunnery or quantum physics.

Looking back to 1938 gives a glimpse into the past

Thursday, July 31, 2014

From my Looking Back Department, comes this glimpse of farming in July of 1938 (I was almost five years old), as recorded in the pages of Successful Farming magazine. On the cover is a color photograph of a straw-hatted and bib overall clad farmer in front of his Farmall F-20 tractor enjoying a tin cupful […]

Webinars will share farm business tips

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Countryside Conservancy is giving specialty crop growers a chance to improve their business practices with three webinars by veteran farmer and consultant Chris Blanchard.

Dead trees are more than just firewood

Thursday, July 31, 2014

If I would ask the question, “what are living trees good for,” I would probably get a large response.

Ohio farmers can turn in unwanted pesticides

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a collection for farmers wishing to dispose of unwanted pesticides at two locations in coming weeks.

Ag research foundation hopes to lure private dollars into national pool

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ohio State Professor Emeritus Mo Saif is one of 15 individuals appointed to serve on the board of the newly created Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research.

It’s the beginning of Lake Erie Perch season

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Opening day for Lake Erie Perch is today, regardless of when today is because every day is the best day to go “perching.” While fall is the best time to get a box full of really big fish, any other time is good enough. Lake Erie and Yellow Perch To be sure, Erie’s big stuff […]

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