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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.

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