Thursday, August 25, 2016

What's up with the farm bill? Why is it taking so long to finalize? Why is the president threatening to veto it?

At last week's retirement open house for Jefferson County Extension Director Ken Simeral, OSU Extension retiree Joe Pittman observed, "I've always said there are good agents, there are average agents and there are those who should be working someplace else.

When I opened the computer file that holds the farm calendar of events we print each week, I glanced at the little numbers that tell me how long the file is in column-inch terms.

Entrepreneur and author Seth Godin calls himself "an agent of change." His books on marketing are as thought-provoking as their titles are entertaining: Meatball Sundae: Is Your Marketing out of Sync? is his most recent effort.

Television in the 1970s gave us The Six Million Dollar Man, starring Lee Majors. As the show's opening announcer told us each week, Majors was: "Steve Austin, astronaut.

For the past five years, Farm and Dairy has sponsored a holiday writing contest for youth and adults.

Last week, I had never heard of John Christy. This week, he's my hero. Christy is the director of the

Ohio State's Normand St-Pierre hits the nail on the head with an observation in this week's Dairy Excel column: "The environmental freight train has left the station.

While you're recovering from Thanksgiving feasts and looking ahead to another month of holiday gorging, chew on these numbers: 702 million pounds The amount of sweet potatoes grown in 2006 in North Carolina, the nation's largest producer.

A good friend's father had a quadruple bypass two weeks ago. It's been a stressful, uncertain time for their family, but his health outlook is strong.
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