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Identifying 11 more warblers made easy

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The easy male warblers that I reviewed last week are recognizable by eye and ear to any birder. But going beyond that first level of warbler identification is like taking a graduate course in birding. So here, during birders’ favorite month, are some tips to help you move on to the next level. Chestnut-sided warblers. […]

Confessions of an ‘early’ rummage junkie

Thursday, May 6, 2010

If I’d had any sense I would have started writing for this paper years ago. I could really have used the free subscription. When I tell people my home is furnished in Early Auction, they generally laugh and consider me quite the punster. In reality, that is very nearly true. Nearly every stick of real […]

Fast planting weather, slow grain market

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A month ago, the market was talking about wet weather that would potentially slow the start of planting. Traders built a little delayed-planting premium into prices. Then, the weather changed dramatically, and so did the markets.

Lessons from down under

Monday, May 3, 2010

>I had an opportunity to travel with the Ohio State University Extension sheep team to Australia March 24 –April 9. Our group of 17 consisted of sheep farmers, extension educators, and extension specialists. Australia visit. We had the opportunity to visit a number of sheep farms, a few dairy farms, a couple of vineyards and […]

Construction storm water permit requirements for agricultural projects

Monday, May 3, 2010

What is a Construction Storm Water Permit? I know the answer to this one because for the last five years it has been one of my major responsibilities as an Urban Technician for the Stark Soil and Water Conservation District. A Construction Storm Water Permit is part of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National […]

Main Street banks want reform

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rare is the day when the U.S. Senate Ag Committee lands on the front page of the New York Times. That day, however, came April 20 when the Times, in its running coverage of financial reform in the Senate, highlighted the aggies’ role in that effort: regulation of casino-like derivatives. The story centered on committee […]

What’s so great about Ohio? Let me tell you

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Most women go to the beautician for highlights, lowlights, maybe a deep condition. Me, I go for livestock. There are numerous charming reasons why I know I live in a truly small town, but going in for a quick trim of the split ends and coming home with a goat surely ranks at the top. […]

FSA encourages producers to report prevented planting, failed crop acreage

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hello Again! And a warm welcome to the beautiful springtime weather! With spring planting upon us, the Farm Service Agency encourages producers to report any prevented planting acreage or failed crop acreage that will not be brought to harvest to their local FSA office. Failed acreage must be reported to FSA before destroying and replanting […]

I saw it in the newspaper

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Asked once for the source of his best material, American humorist Will Rogers quickly replied that “Everything I know I get from the newspaper.” Were he alive and reading today’s newspapers, Rogers might die laughing. Laughing For example, the Wall Street Journal reported in its April 13 print edition that Cerberus Capital Management LP, a […]

Ramps – the king of stink can be a tastebud treat

Thursday, April 22, 2010

As I worked my way down the steepest portion of the valley, I could see patches of green in the distance. Some were stands of Virginia bluebells just unfurling their leaves, but most were carpets of ramps. Experience Experience has taught me that mid-April is ramp season. When the redbuds and dogwoods bloom and the […]

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