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Draw of the water is so irresistible

Thursday, January 31, 2008

In the dead of winter, I dream deep dreams of swimming. As the thermometer sits precisely on zero this morning on our farm, I just awoke from a blissful night of dreaming, snuggled down in my cozy warm bed, topped with a down comforter.

Farm bill discussions are ‘ridiculous’

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Be it bird hunting in Minnesota or vote hunting on Capitol Hill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson is seen as a straight shooter of both pheasants and fools.

Family meetings just make sense

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Regardless of the size of your dairy farm, if there are family members involved – directly or indirectly – with the business, it is important to conduct regular family business meetings.

Having My Bowls

Thursday, January 31, 2008

When I first did the math concerning Super Bowl history I was confused. I learned that the first championship game between the NFL and the AFL was played in 1967.

Vacuum wars

Thursday, January 31, 2008

“I’m not going to vacuum until Sears makes one you can ride on.” – Roseanne Barr

Longing for spring in a crazy world

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Just think: Spring, by the calendar, is only three months hence. And isn’t it sweet to have those few extra minutes of daylight each day, even though the vernal equinox still slumbers? Meanwhile, we must all endure Old Man Winter’s wrath along with trying to keep warm, keep the pipes from freezing and despite having had the fireplace chimney relined several years ago, I still can’t summon the courage to light a fire.

Ohio farmland preservation in limbo

Thursday, January 31, 2008

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – The economy of Ohio depends on the $93.7 billion industry of agriculture with its employment of hundreds of thousands of workers.

Volunteer corn threatens efficiency of modified varieties against pests

Thursday, January 31, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Bt could stand for “big trouble” in the years ahead if farmers aren’t careful in their use of biotech corn, said a

To beat the slugs, get crop in the ground early

Thursday, January 31, 2008

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. – Ron Hammond, the “go-to guy” on gray garden slugs in Ohio and Pennsylvania, gave his annual dose of slug control therapy at the Tri-State Conservation Tillage Conference Jan.

Senate confirms next Secretary of Ag

Thursday, January 31, 2008

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate confirmed former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer as the country’s next secretary of agriculture Jan.

Producers can expect record costs: ’08 could be worst year ever for pork

Thursday, January 31, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – This year may be the worst financial year for pork producers since the 1998, said a Purdue University Extension

Pennsylvania seeks to energize beef with new Center for Beef Excellence

Thursday, January 31, 2008

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A Center for Beef Excellence is being developed to support, promote and expand the beef industry in Pennsylvania The newly formed Pennsylvania Beef Task Force board of directors unanimously approved a motion to develop the center, which will be modeled after the successful Center for Dairy Excellence.

No end in sight for fertilizer supply shortage; get it now

Thursday, January 31, 2008

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Supplies of nitrogen fertilizers, as well as phosphorus and potassium fertilizers, are tight throughout the United States, making this the time to plan ahead, a Kansas State University

Get your field to yield by enrolling in association’s 2008 soybean field trial

Thursday, January 31, 2008

SAINT LOUIS – The American Soybean Association and BASF Corporation are inviting U.

Distiller’s grains land in Algerian port, first feeding trials to begin any day

Thursday, January 31, 2008

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Grains Council successfully shipped two containers totaling 44 metric tons of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to Algeria.

Cover crops prove to be beneficial

Thursday, January 31, 2008

PIKETON, Ohio – Cover crops, if planted at the right time and used with the proper crop rotation, can be biomass workhorses.

Can you raise 80 cows on 80 acres? You bet, dairy grazing expert says

Thursday, January 31, 2008

WOOSTER, Ohio – Raising 80 cows on 80 acres? Is that possible? It sure can be done, and done well, even.

U.S. farmers lend a hand in Uganda

Thursday, January 31, 2008

SALEM, Ohio – A brutal civil war. Farmers forced from their land. Crowded displaced persons camps. Murder.

No-till? It’s all in the management

Thursday, January 31, 2008

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. – High market prices for your grain. High fertilizer costs. High costs of production.

OSU Extension loses a good one

Thursday, January 24, 2008

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.

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