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How to Christmas shop for your sportsman

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Separating the sportsman’s needs from wants.

Sears and Roebuck shaped Christmas traditions

Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Christmas column this year is, as they say on the air, an “encore presentation,” having appeared in December of both 1995 and 2000. How many of you remember the anticipation, and the agonizingly long wait, after your mother sent in an order to Sears and Roebuck or Montgomery Ward? This Christmas season made me […]

Reminiscing over Christmas traditions

Thursday, December 18, 2014

From square dancing to singing, Christmas was a time for tradition.

Hunting tales and dairy margin protection

Thursday, December 18, 2014

With deer hunting over, time to focus on farm programs.

Year-end and farm business considerations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

End of another year means its time to analyze your farm business decisions.

Crop insurance: Flawed and fixable

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Federally subsidized crop insurance is the elephant in the Farm Bill pantry and anyone who had any role in pushing the law through the zoo called Congress knows it.

The case of the missing keys

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The nice thing about marriage is that you have sort of a built in failsafe for those days when even though you love them, you really don’t LIKE your spouse very much.

Make the birds an all-season peanut butter treat

Thursday, December 18, 2014

With cold weather upon us, here’s a recipe for the birds.

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.

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