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The grain market is getting ugly

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

We knew when we had high prices that the year would come when the costs did not go down as much as the grain prices did. Now we are there, and it is ugly.

Good recordkeeping benefits small farms

Friday, January 23, 2015

Clear, consistent record keeping is much easier and more efficient than rustling through a box of receipts at tax time.

Long weekend, weak open

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The market was closed Jan. 19 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so now we have to work through the confusion of having no trading for three days.

Challenges will always be around, but just get out and do the work

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Telephones, texts, emails, even regular mail, are OK for some things, but if you really want to get a point across, take your ideas to the farm and talk to the guys (or gals) that make the decisions.

Dairy farmers investing in their future

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The dairy industry in Ohio contributes significantly to the state’s economy and in the provision of food well beyond the borders of Ohio. This industry ranks third in agricultural receipts and first in receipts from animal operations.

Bears might have the right idea to survive the winter

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Black bears have developed an admirable strategy: They gorge themselves in the fall, sleep through winter’s worst and give birth to cubs before emerging in the spring.

Tips for cutting your winter feed bill

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Since we live in an area that requires feeding for the majority of the winter, maximizing feed value and minimizing waste is essential to your bottom line.

Handy manual for firearms laws across states

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Even those with Ohio CCW permits are at peril when it comes to staying out of trouble because states have plenty of different rules when it comes to transporting guns. Some of which can be costly when broken.

On a wing and a prayer

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We had made our lists and checked them twice. We had removed all extraneous jewelry. We had packed everything in 3 ounce clear travel sizes.

Beef producers: A lot of people are counting on your work

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It’s been a few years, but I also remember what it’s like to come to a feedbunk, lined with cattle looking up, eagerly awaiting breakfast or supper. No doubt, you know that feeling well.

Winter from the window

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Short snaps of deep cold were not rare but all were deeply unwelcome. The cows, the hired men, the plumbing, the shivering calves, the machinery—everyone and everything—moved slower or not at all when temperatures fell to zero or below.

A lesson about the love of raising sheep

Thursday, January 22, 2015

When I was a toddler, my maternal grandfather decided his four little granddaughters needed the experience of bottle feeding a lamb.

Ask FSA Andy about loans for beginning farmers

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A beginning farmer is defined as someone who has not operated a farm for more than 10 years, substantially participates in a farm operation and meets the eligibility requirements of the loan program they are applying for.

DIY natural cleaners for farm and home

Friday, January 16, 2015

Many cleaning companies have begun to offer natural versions of commercial cleansers as consumers gain eco-consciousness, but these cleaners can easily be made at home.

Patterns: Welcome back, foodie

Thursday, January 15, 2015

We didn’t know it back then but everyone on the big southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth was a foodie.

Pennsylvania can claim first covered bridge

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The first covered bridge in America is believed to have been the High Street (later, Market Street) Bridge across the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

Bird-eating hawk doing what comes naturally

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Whenever I find a bunch of feathers in the yard, I’m confident a sharp-shinned or Cooper’s hawk has probably visited.

Does priority count? New Year’s Day event beginning of show season

Thursday, January 15, 2015

We are starting out the new year with some material on show schedules, not necessarily steam, but engines none the less.

It was a cold day

Thursday, January 15, 2015

It was 9 balmy degrees. This was up from the low of zero midday.

Ask FSA Andy about farm loans for youth

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Youth loans can be used to finance many kinds of agricultural projects.

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