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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hello Again! Everyone loves the color green, especially when it comes to money! If you are participating in any of the Farm Service Agency’s programs and love the green assistance we provide, make sure to complete the following: FSA producers are required to certify compliance with Adjusted Gross Income provisions to participate in our programs. […]

Breaking up with the big box stores

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Why is it that the so-called “big box” home improvement warehouses (named after the merchandise or their resemblance to big boxes, no one knows for sure) seem to rely solely on advertising their array of goods and services sold by experienced, industry professionals when, in reality, they are likely to offer neither in any great […]

Respect: Key aspect of Memorial Day

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Even though Memorial Day is not quite here, this column is better enjoyed before than after the fact. I have kept a letter from Juanita Deal of Athens, Ohio, for a year because it paints such a tender picture of what were such sweet times, before “Decoration Day” became just another holiday — an “off” […]

Erosion, sediment control regulations impact more of life than you think

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I have a bad habit of assuming that everyone knows all there is to know about erosion/sediment control– that it fascinates and holds the attention of everyone. How could people not want to hear everything there is to know about stuff that is everywhere yet blends into the scenery so easily? I just happen to […]

Market Monitor Report bounce goes away, bailout effects unknown

Thursday, May 20, 2010

When USDA released their monthly Crop Production and Supply and Demand Reports May 11, the market saw glimmers of hope amongst the nuggets of news. The shiny spots now appear to be fools gold. Reality sets in Markets spurted higher coming out of reports May 11, but reality struck later in the week and we […]

Ask FSA Andy By FSA Andy

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hello Again! I can’t believe that it is already the middle of May. Before we know it, it will be Memorial Day weekend, kids will be getting out of school, and spare time will be spent at numerous graduation barbecues. Ready or not, summer is right around the corner, and so are some important Farm […]

Young injuries meant life’s lessons

Thursday, May 20, 2010

“Perhaps because of our storehouse of knowledge of home remedies, parents were remarkably complacent about all the injuries that were a routine part of the lives of free-range farm children — cuts from knives, stone bruises caused by bare feet on rocks, blood blisters, and all the bloody, oozing scrapes on knees, arms, elbows, and […]

Insects could be the answer to a nature deficit

Thursday, May 20, 2010

“I like to play indoors better ’cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are.” Those words, by a fourth-grader in San Diego, are the essence of Richard Louv’s 2005 bestseller, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-deficit Disorder — kids today spend too much time indoors and too little time outdoors. From […]

Graziers, set the stage now for rest of the grazing season

Thursday, May 20, 2010

We are at a stage now where we can affect grazing for the season. Right now, our fields are finishing up their “reproductive” stage of growth as our grasses are setting seed heads and our legumes are blooming. After they set seed, perennial plants transition from the reproductive stage to the vegetative stage. Up to […]

Environmental cancer risks are huge

Thursday, May 20, 2010

No matter what your philosophy or location or whatever, we should all “strongly support environmental cancer research and measures that will reduce or remove from the environment toxins that are known or suspected carcinogens or endocrine-disrupting chemicals.”

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