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Twine and duct tape are farm staples

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Necessity is the mother of invention. No one knows that more than the American farmer. One day recently, my son put on an old pair of his dad’s coveralls and was frustrated when he realized one of the lower leg zippers was broken, leaving the leg flapping open in the breeze.

Come on, let’s redo payment limits

Thursday, February 22, 2007

In a surprisingly move, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns offered three reforms in his Jan. 31 farm bill proposal to fence rich farmers from the farm program payment trough.

Legumes are pastures’ best friends

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Nitrogen is generally the most limiting nutrient for plant growth and it is also one of the most expensive nutrients when purchased as a commercial fertilizer.

Good Side of a Winter Day

Thursday, February 22, 2007

I chipped away at the iciest windshield I’d seen in a long time – maybe ever. I wished Kathie’s play practice had been canceled like so many other events, but I started the van an hour before we needed to leave just to make sure it would be clear of thick snow piled over a layer of sleet that had iced over the first layer of snow.

Knee deep in snow days

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. I use this line ALL the time. I learned it.

Bob Barker’s biggest fan is a feline

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Bob Barker, longtime host of the television game program, The Price is Right, might be interested to know he has a really, really big fan in Berlin Center by the name of Harry.

Young Holstein enthusiasts prove they’re just as driven as adults

Thursday, February 22, 2007

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The young people attending the annual convention of the Pa. Junior Holstein Association were busy.

Thinking about corn after corn? Not everything will come up rosy

Thursday, February 22, 2007

COLUMBUS – Crop rotation is the key to maximizing yields while reducing potential problems with insect and diseases.

Quality assurance meetings scheduled

Thursday, February 22, 2007

SHARON, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Beef Council will conduct Beef Quality Assurance classroom training sessions throughout the spring.

Ohio Farmers Union wraps up annual convention, adopts supportive policies

Thursday, February 22, 2007

DUBLIN, Ohio – Ohio Farmers Union presented several service awards for contributions to agriculture at the Ohio Farmers Union 73rd Annual Convention Feb.

Nuisance deer the topic of workshop

Thursday, February 22, 2007

CARROLLTON, Ohio – Deer damage to crops is a serious problem faced by crop and tree farmers in Carroll County.

Keep your farm ready for anything

Thursday, February 22, 2007

JEFFERSON, Ohio – A farm safety and preparedness workshop will be March 1 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Orwell, Ohio.

Is it summer yet?

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The winter storm that blew through the region the week of Feb. 11 left us longing for sunshine and warm breezes.

Historic Ohio coal spade scrapped

Thursday, February 22, 2007

CADIZ, Ohio – CONSOL Energy’s last and largest super excavating shovel left in the world, the Silver Spade, has been scrapped.

Dairy owners and employees can learn about feedbunk, milk harvest practices

Thursday, February 22, 2007

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Dairy Alliance and the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania are hosting a series workshops on feeding management and milk harvest management.

Biofuels, beef and big corn acres: Feds see farm outlook in their crystal ball

Thursday, February 22, 2007

URBANA, Ill. – Some of us want to know what the future holds, like tomorrow’s weather forecast. Others want to know what the future holds so they can calculate what the farm economy will be like in 10 years.

EPA slaps Ohio Fresh Eggs with fines

Thursday, February 22, 2007

SALEM, Ohio – The Ohio EPA has slapped Ohio Fresh Egg owners with a $13,250 penalty for drinking water violations at the farm’s Croton facility.

Farmers linked through program

Thursday, February 22, 2007

SALEM, Ohio – He’s a farmer looking for land. She’s a farmer who can’t get in the fields anymore. In a perfect world, the two might work out some kind of special arrangement.

Good life takes hard work done well

Thursday, February 15, 2007

How does one define a life well lived? There are many people who would base this answer on the amount of money one has in the bank, or the vehicles parked in the garage or the number of vacations a fellow can afford in a year.

Farm bill is a wobbly effort at best

Thursday, February 15, 2007

When longtime Texas congressman “Cotton” Charlie Stenholm got bushwhacked for re-election by colleague Tom DeLay’s infamous Texas redistricting plan in 2004, most ag policy hands lamented that much of the House Agriculture Committee’s farm bill experience went down with him.

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