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Something more than diamonds and gold

Thursday, October 23, 2014

In looking back over a lifetime of influences, most of my friends and school mates will tell you that those who command respect are the teachers from whom we learned the most.

Unforgettable lessons in the woods

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I sat in my Jeep thinking about all the administrative tasks I could have been doing at the office instead of waiting to see the yellow school bus full of first graders pull in for a field trip I said I would help with.

Confused? No, not at all. (I think)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

All right, listen up! We’ve got a lot to sort out here and little time to do it.

Chickadees find ways to cope with cold weather

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A frequent question among readers in the aftermath of last winter’s deep freeze was, “How do birds survive overnight low temperatures that plunge below zero degrees Fahrenheit?”

Ask FSA Andy about ARC/PLC decision tools

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Beginning Nov. 17, farmers will have the opportunity to come into their local FSA office and declare which program option they want to be in for the life of this new farm bill.

Changes to Ohio’s antlerless deer permits

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Deer permits mean different things, in different counties.

Promoting better forages and enhancing soil health

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall is an excellent time of the year for stockpiling fescue for delayed grazing.

Fixer uppers? Improvements in herds can be made

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I got my start with other people’s cull cows, just a bid or two above the hamburger market — which was not so dear back then.

Excessive celebration: Embrace it

Thursday, October 23, 2014

We’ve all seen — and sometimes shunned — them.

Tips for managing milk production variation on dairy farms

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to manage variation in milk production.

Night cap: Looking for a good night’s sleep?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Miss Nancy and I, along with my little sister B.G. Theiss who is visiting from North Carolina, enjoyed the afternoon at the Farm and Dairy’s recent 100th Anniversary open house at the Salem Community Center.

You don’t need a root cellar to store food

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall is the time to store the food that’s taken all year to produce. Indoor, in-place and buried container food storage systems are practical and affordable alternatives to the traditional root cellar.

“You don’t need a root cellar to store food” describes the three alternative food storage systems in detail, and offers tips for successful produce storage.

Miracles of ‘didn’t’

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The accident happened, as these things always do, simultaneously fast and oh-so-slow.

Reduce hay storage loss cheaply

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Over the years we have seen hay go from being taken to the barn loose, to small square bales put in a barn, to small round bales being made to feed right out of the baler.

Want reform? Audit, please

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Secretary of Ag Tom Vilsack threatened to impose a second beef checkoff that would double the annual, non-refundable collections of the now-$80 million federal program if members of his reform effort didn’t come to an agreement.

Some teachers are hard to forget

Thursday, October 16, 2014

If we were to ask 100 people to name a person who had a large influence in their life, I would be willing to guess that a teacher would be among one of the oft-repeated answers.

New dairy program offers protection

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The dairy industry has been the cornerstone of our local agricultural economy for decades.

Ask FSA Andy about CRP checks

Thursday, October 16, 2014

While fall harvest signifies the end of a growing season on many farms, at the Farm Service Agency it means that a new year is just beginning.

What to put in your bird feeders this coming winter

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Feeding backyard birds can be as simple or as complicated as you choose to make it.

Grain markets bob with knee-jerk report reaction

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

As usual, it is all about the reaction to the USDA reports. In this case, the market did not seem to look at the numbers the same way Monday as they did Friday.

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