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The true behind-the-scenes farm story

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Through the years, I have occasionally strayed off the strictly educational or informative path in this column. It is happening again today… because late Saturday night we lost a heifer. Just three weeks ago, Steve came in and said one of the Holstein heifers in the prefresh pen was going into labor (it was, of […]

Finally, some news comes to grain markets; awaiting USDA reports

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

We wait with abated breath the results of USDA’s research to see if the trading of the last couple of months makes sense. Then, we anticipate the reaction to the reports.

Here’s to those who work for a living

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

You know what our problem is? “We’ve spent decades trying to distance ourselves from traditional notions of Work,” says Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe.

Farmers, embrace your link in the food chain

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Farmers need to embrace their new/old role in the food chain, engage with eaters everywhere through outreach and education. We should “own” the food issue.

Great Lakes offers great opportunities for anglers in 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

It will be interesting to see what the Great Lakes offer fishermen during the coming months. If last summer serves as a predictor, there will be good news and bad news depending on where, when, and what. For instance, walleye fishing in Lake Erie, the most productive of all the Great Lakes, has been on […]

Cowabunga, Dude! Time management

Thursday, January 6, 2011

It is that time of the year when we reflect on “Wow, where did 2010 go?” or begin to make resolutions or set goals for the new year. It is often said that the older you get, the faster time seems to pass. Each of us has 24 hours a day and seven days a […]

Worrying won’t solve life’s problems

Thursday, January 6, 2011

With age comes wisdom, but with wisdom comes the realization of concerns that never occur to a person during the bliss of youth. When my kids were little, I loved every minute of my time with them. I often wanted to freeze the moment, loving this particular age. I came to realize that every single […]

Let there be light in the pork markets

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Dec. 28, 2010, Wall Street Journal story laments the “near-halt” of pork belly trading at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Bellies were “once among the CME’s most-traded commodities,” but now “the pork belly is in danger of going belly-up.” Indeed, only six belly contracts traded in November 2010. Why? Two chief reasons, say experts cited […]

2011: New Year brings new reading possibilities

Thursday, January 6, 2011

As we head into a new year, nothing beats a good book by the wood stove on a cold winter night. Here are some recent classics I recommend. Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen Ambrose (1996, Simon & Schuster) and Our Natural History: the Lessons of […]

Producers should apply for LDPs for wool, mohair

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hello again, Did you see those two crazy women at the mall pulling the door handles off of that salt-covered gray Blazer? Did you see the older one running around all sides punching the keyless entry? How about the one looking down under for the hidden key and the other one pulling on the tailgate […]


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