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Another satisfied customer

Thursday, December 26, 2013

There are two file folders in the lower, right drawer of my desk. One is labeled “Mail,” the other “Another Satisfied Customer.” The former is filled with complimentary or question-asking reader mail. The latter holds mail that’s more acidic than affectionate, more hammering than humorous. Like an email from “Gil” in response to an October […]

Have a merry every day

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

As I write this the tree it twinkling, the cookies are soon to be baking, and I am slowly freaking out as I make a list and check it twice

‘Tis the season’ … to buy boats, sporting goods

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Boat and sporting shows abound for the winter season.

Project FeederWatch returns in full swing

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

It’s time for another season of Project FeederWatch, Cornell University’s premier citizen science opportunity sponsored by the Lab of Ornithology.

It’s clear the farm bill needs overhaul

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

We have been waiting too long for the policy makers to realize something major needs to be changed with the entire structure of the farm bill.

You might not want to regift these

Monday, December 23, 2013

Regifting? There are some things that you’ve received or used on the farm that are probably better left in the shed.

Christmas tradition: The Morning of Christmas

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Every December I get requests to reprint my take-off of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, first published in 1988. Read it aloud to the kids after opening presents. Merry Christmas! The Morning of Christmas (with apologies to Clement C. Moore) ‘Twas the morning of Christmas, And all ‘round the house, The feeders were empty, Not […]

Growing chestnut trees from seed

Thursday, December 19, 2013

This summer I had numerous landowners stop in our office asking for information on how to grow chestnut trees from seed. Many of these landowners were going to gather seeds from other mature trees on their property and were not sure what to do next. Options One option is to plant the seeds outside as […]

Planning, reality and planning again

Thursday, December 19, 2013

’Tis the season to plan so you can stay jolly all through the year. That may include deciding it is time for Plan B in a few cases, but being on the fortunate side of the drought/recovery line, we are still on Plan A. Starting point It is hard to say when our production year […]

Outlook for the upcoming year’s crop input, farmland value and cash rent

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cropland values in Ohio have increased again in 2013. Data from the Ohio Ag Statistics Service shows an increase of 12 percent for bare cropland in Ohio for 2013. According to their data, bare cropland averages $5600/acre, up from $5000/acre the previous year. The Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey (AEDE) conducted in January […]

Although deer harvest was low, there’s still time

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Although there were more than 11,000 fewer deer killed this year during Ohio’s weeklong gun season, there’s not much to complain about. After all, a seven-day harvest that numbers more than 75,000 freezer-bound bundles of venison is nothing to sneeze at. Nevertheless, even with liberal bag limits in place for almost all of Ohio, this […]

The season to embrace the imperfect

Thursday, December 19, 2013

We are in the thick of the wonderful season that is Christmas at our home. The cookies, the caroling, the snow and the glow. During this season of twinkle lights and time flying by at the speed of Santa’s sleigh, unearthing the Christmas decorations feels like opening a time capsule. Out of the depths of […]

New county committee election ballots mailed

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hello again: The holidays are upon us in full swing. Christmas lights twinkling, snow on the trees, presents purchased and wrapped, and Christmas cards mailed out. As you watch the mail for last minute packages and cards from loved ones, take notice of the new county committee ballots that will be in that stack. Misprint […]

Community members celebrated Salona Supply Company’s birthday

Thursday, December 19, 2013

How many of you remember the Salona Supply Company? I do, of course. My father, also Sam Moore, was general manager of the firm from 1953 through 1966, and then assistant manager and bookkeeper until his retirement in early 1976. Birthday Sixty years ago this past May 2, during Dad’s first year as manager, Salona […]

Merry Christmas to all

Thursday, December 19, 2013

On December 30, 1982, I began writing the weekly column, Think About It in the Farm and Dairy newspaper. My first article was titled, Optimism. I remember quoting Helen Keller. She said, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.” For the last 31 years, I have tried every week to […]

A bunch of memories held in one smooth rock

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Good people and good places are the foundation for great memories, and all it takes to remind one of any or all of the three is sometimes as insignificant as a small rock. In this case it is a rock the size of an egg, but flat and polished from years of movement of sea […]

Imagination made Christmas magical

Thursday, December 12, 2013

“Hurry up! Grab the crayons and I’ll get the scissors!” This was my “order from headquarters” from an older sister when we were kids and Christmas was drawing near. After asking permission, we would take the scissors to an old Sears or Montgomery Ward catalog and begin clipping out pictures of everything our little hearts […]

Mr. Fix-It and Mrs. Breaker

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Victory red, jet black leather interior, spoiler, sunroof and looked almost as sharp as the day it rolled of the showroom floor and into Mr. Wonderful’s waiting arms five years ago. That’s 900, 1500, er, a whole bunch of days. I’m not good at math but let’s say “a while.” In all that time the […]

Birders take note: Snowy owl invasion is underway

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Nothing gets birders more excited than widespread reports of unusual birds. They jump in their cars, drive hundreds of miles, and hope to spot a “life bird.” Sometimes they are successful; sometimes they are not. It’s all part of the thrill of birding. Reports of snowy owls Right now much of the northern U.S. is […]

Cooperatives keep farmers competitive

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The weekly hometown newspaper recently brought news of a family friend’s death. The friend, a dairy farmer, had lived a long, good life and was a respected member of his church, community and profession. My family’s connection, outside of cows and kids, was business: He, my father and a few dozen farmers in neighboring southern […]

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