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Playing the name game

Thursday, January 25, 2007

One of the great advantages of growing up on a large farm is the thrill of being surrounded by all of God’s creatures.

The great acreage race of 2007 is on

Thursday, January 25, 2007

As the roaring combine sawed through 30 feet of soybeans at a fast-walk pace last October, a farming friend, through the convenience of his cell phone, sold 160 acres of still-standing corn for a couple or three nickels over $3 per bushel upon harvest.

Lock-down in a worry-free world

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Apparently, my children are attending spy school. That is the only explanation for why I, the consummate prying parent, am so completely in the dark about what it is they DO all day.

The weather is strange, but don’t complain

Thursday, January 25, 2007

It just doesn’t seem possible that so much water could fall from the sky, day after day after day. But it does.

Your best buys of 2006

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Who knew? Who knew that a bigger air compressor could change a life? Or that a simple pair of pruners designed for lefties made such a difference? You knew.

Wet winter, stormy spring for Midwest

Thursday, January 25, 2007

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Weather in the Midwest has been anything but normal this winter, with above average temperatures and seemingly endless rainfall.

Warm December sets several records

Thursday, January 25, 2007

WASHINGTON – The 2006 average annual temperature for the contiguous U.S. was the warmest on record and nearly identical to the record set in 1998, according to scientists at

Ugly, banned tomato gets its own blog

Thursday, January 25, 2007

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has intervened in the national debate over the UglyRipe tomato, freeing the heirloom beefsteak variety tomato from the shape restrictions imposed by the Florida Tomato Committee.

Should packers control livestock?

Thursday, January 25, 2007

WASHINGTON – Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, recently joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing legislation that would make it unlawful for a packer to own, feed, or control livestock, either through a subsidiary or an arrangement that gives the packer operational, managerial, or supervisory control prior to seven days before slaughter.

Say goodbye to hog profits in 2007

Thursday, January 25, 2007

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Much higher feed costs are likely to eliminate the profit potential for pork producers in 2007.

Robert Boggs takes director’s chair at ODA

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Ashtabula County’s Robert Boggs became the new director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

rbST a hot commodity on the black market

Thursday, January 25, 2007

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Three suspects were recorded on a Kings County dairyman’s surveillance video allegedly stealing $30,000 worth of recombinant bovine somatotropin or rbST, a pharmaceutical used by dairy producers to enhance milk production.

Powerhouse horses pull record-breaking weight

Thursday, January 25, 2007

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Showing some real horsepower, the Ferrington Pulling Team’s horses, Blaze and Dick, pulled an astonishing 6,840 pounds in the heavyweight pony pulling championship at the 2007 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Ohio’s beef cattle industry salutes key leaders

Thursday, January 25, 2007

COLUMBUS – More that 300 beef producers gathered at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe, Columbus, Jan. 20 for the annual meeting and awards banquet of the

Not adding up: Why are cattle futures so optimistic?

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Recent reports of winter storms in the Great Plains rallied cattle futures prices to some very impressive levels.

Nine honored for dedication to fairs

Thursday, January 25, 2007

COLUMBUS – Nine county fair leaders were recognized recently at the 82nd annual Ohio Fair Managers Association convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

It can’t be that hard to put up your own hay …

Thursday, January 25, 2007

(Editor’s note: The following is a “Best Buy of 2006″ entry that got out of hand. Let’s just say that this part-time farmer suffered through lots of “worst buys” before making any “best buys”.

Ebert selected as farmer of the year

Thursday, January 25, 2007

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Vice President Richard (Rick) Ebert has been named the 2007 Country Folks Keystone Farm Show Farmer of the Year.

Corn harvest will not keep up

Thursday, January 25, 2007

URBANA, Illinois – For now, expect corn and soybean prices to be well-supported until planting intentions are known, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Cooperative milk pricing on table

Thursday, January 25, 2007

MOLINE, Ill. – At the National Farmers Organization annual farm business and marketing convention recently, Dairy Division Director Bradley Rach proposed dairy co-ops come together to improve America’s milk pricing system.

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