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News nudges corn and wheat to highs

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Speculation about Russian wheat exports seems to be the cause of recent price jumps in the Chicago wheat futures.

Winter is for the birds

Friday, December 12, 2014

Cold weather can be rough on our feathered friends. Providing birds with food and shelter throughout the winter helps keep them happy and healthy, and lights up my otherwise dismal looking yard with color and song.

Use your influence to talk about farming

Thursday, December 11, 2014

People don’t want to hear from a faceless organization, they want to hear from people they know, or “ordinary” people like them. Farmers like you. Real people.

Thanks to Netflix, I can’t get off the couch

Thursday, December 11, 2014

’Tis the season to snuggle with your smartphone on the sofa.

Dreaming of new binoculars

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Remember that binoculars are also an essential tool for hunters, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. And I never go to a musical, play, concert, or sporting event without my bins, so this advice is good for anyone who uses binoculars.

Groundhog Day again and again

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, Christmas in the windshield and, given the glacial pace of key policy decisions awaiting resolution in Washington, D.C., it’s just another Groundhog Day out here in rural America.

Ask FSA Andy about ELAP disaster assistance

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The USDA has announced that nearly 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2013.

Happy memories never fade away

Thursday, December 11, 2014

One of my happiest holiday memories is now fading for me, but it is still there in an old movie-reel, lovely sort of way.

Give back to nature this holiday season

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It’s that time of year when all is merry and bright and the fast pace of the world we live in slows down just enough to catch a few moments with family and friends.

Delays for many disappointed hunters on Opening Day

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Harvest numbers for the heavily anticipated day, which is typically the best day of the weeklong season, was just 17,500, down nearly 23 percent from 2013 when hunters tagged 22,619 deer.

Farming and communication: Five truths

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Editor Susan Crowell shares five observations on social media and agriculture from Ryan Goodman that are worth noting — and pondering.

Milk prices are about to fall big time

Monday, December 8, 2014

For all of 2015, Class III futures are currently averaging $16.51/cwt, which would put the average mailbox price in Federal Order 33 at about $18/cwt for the year.

Part II: Growing mushrooms outdoors

Friday, December 5, 2014

Outdoor mushroom growing is a viable option for those who lack indoor space or wish to produce a large mushroom crop, and it’s great for intermediate growers.

Deer season: Be prepared before it arrives

Thursday, December 4, 2014

With Ohio deer hunters tagging tens of thousands of deer this week comes the promise of countless venison meals in the coming months.

Summer of squalor revisited

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Every once in a while I receive a note asking about something I wrote about some time ago. This time it was a sweet email asking about how things went with the Summer of Squalor.

What’s in a name? Everything!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

There is no venue more inviting for a gaggle of girls than a big old farm with a constantly changing cast of characters.

Tax season is a good time for planning

Thursday, December 4, 2014

As we begin the month of December, it is great time for farmers to start to analyze their 2014 farm records.

Hand-written memories retell saw mill story

Thursday, December 4, 2014

About half a mile from the one-room school I attended was a saw mill that was owned by a farmer named Harvey Smith, and that was operated by Smith and his oldest son, Harold.

Ask FSA Andy about the Milk Margin Protection Program

Thursday, December 4, 2014

If your house is anything like ours, I am sure you have seen enough leftovers and turkey casseroles until another holiday.

Make a list: Gift suggestions for nature lovers

Thursday, December 4, 2014

As the holidays approach, it’s time to think about gifts for nature lovers on your list.

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