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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 […]

You are (not) here

Thursday, April 8, 2010

“Wherever you go, there you are.” First, let me state for the record that I fully realize that you have only petty, first world problems if the extent of your trouble is the fact that the fancy navigational system in your automobile won’t allow you to find swanky ocean-front locations with quite the speed you’d […]

HSUS brings message to 4-H’ers

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I dislike the calculating move by HSUS to target 4-H youth with its subtle anti-animal agriculture message.

Hazard A Guess: Week of April 1, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Each week Farm and Dairy challenges readers to identify a small tool or gadget (or at least ‘hazard a guess’ as to its use).

The building blocks of our youth

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The first sunny day of spring on the farm always found us kids fighting over the pedal tractors, remembering that some were old reliable while others might cause us some headaches in the operating department. We learned, even as sidewalk farmers, that there were a couple of necessary items to carry in our childhood tool boxes. […]

Can we help the next generation of farmers?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

We could all name names. Good farms that have no one waiting in the wings to take over the business. Farmers whose sons and daughters have chosen other careers. It’s not an indictment on the farm’s owners, nor the sons and daughters; it’s just a plain fact. Many current farmers don’t have a successor. And […]

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