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Ahh … the sweet smell of spring

Thursday, April 15, 2010

At the Harrison Soil and Water Conservation District, we seem to be getting an increasing number of calls related to the smell and handling of manure. So, I thought it fitting to mention just how pollution complaints work, in regards to manure. Lucky for me, most of our complaints this year have been related to […]

What does ‘socially just’ agriculture mean?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Society currently expects three things from farmers. First, produce high quality and safe food. Second, protect the environment. Third, treat farm animals humanely. But some still clamor that’s not enough.

Weather volatile, grain market stagnant

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

In the nearly two weeks since the USDA’s Planting Intentions Report release, we have seen corn prices decline and soybean prices make small gains. Part of the confusion in the corn is that there was no surprise.

Thank a dairyman. Now. Today.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Blessed are those producing our food. Their resilience is unequaled; their patience, admirable. To me, they are a blessed mystery. Last year was arguably the worst year ever in our dairy industry. Some dairy farmers lost their lifelong savings — no big bailout for them. Yet, milk is still being produced, plentiful and wholesome. Laboring […]

Confirmation Sunday: Starting down the path to heaven in front of a forsythia bush

Thursday, April 8, 2010

We may have thought Confirmation Sunday as parole day from catechism purgatory but (as our gray-haired elders predicted back then) it would become the first step on a journey of deeper understanding and deeper commitment.

SWCDs: It’s all about local priorities

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Probably one of the most insightful things I’ve ever heard is a quote by the French writer and philosopher Voltaire: “When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.” The quote seemed appropriate to mention since Ohio’s 88 soil and water conservation districts receive funding through tax dollars. If you are […]

Good news and bad news for monarch butterflies

Thursday, April 8, 2010

If you’re a fan of monarch butterflies, I’ve got good news and bad news. First the good news. Last year the folks at Project Monarch Watch sent three monarch caterpillars into space via the shuttle Atlantis. On November 16, 2009, they were delivered to the International Space Station where they lived out their lives. These […]

Understanding and patience is key to managing multi-generation farm

Thursday, April 8, 2010

After reading the Dairy Excel column in the March 25 issue about hiring teen workers and knowing the law, I began thinking, not only is it important to know the law, but also to understand this younger generation of workers. As a manager, you must realize that every generation has its own values and personal […]

Grazing in spring’s new grass can lead to livestock disease

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The ground has firmed tremendously in our area the last two weeks and warm temperatures have launched grass growth again in most fields so that pasture rotations may be started. As daylight lengthens, weather warms and pastures grow, farm managers should be aware of the term hypomagnesemia or “grass tetany.” Turning cows or sheep out […]

Easter awakens precious memories

Thursday, April 8, 2010

“Sitting under the oak tree, watching the neighborhood children enjoy the first nice, warm day makes me feel so happy to be here on this farm, surrounded by God’s beauty. There is no other place I would rather be than on this lovely land, away from the world.” – Mary Cavish, 1948 By Judith Sutherland […]

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