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FSA Andy By FSA Andy

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hello Again! Today I want to give you several reminders about some FSA program deadlines. We have a lot of activities going on at the FSA office these days, so I wanted to make sure you don’t miss out on anything. I want to let you know about filing prevented planting and getting all your […]

Beef checkoff to NCBA: Drop dead

Thursday, July 1, 2010

In a toughly worded statement June 22, the executive committee of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, the group created by Congress to collect and oversee the $1-per-head beef checkoff, served notice that it strongly backed the independence of the Federation of State Beef Councils in the ongoing debate over the checkoff’s future. Declaring independence “The Federation,” […]

Consider your grazing management

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I have written in the past about dealing with forage quality when it is raining every day and when we have been short on rain for extended periods of time. It seems like this year many of us are falling in the “raining every day since hay season started” end of the spectrum. Quality vs. […]

Don’t be driven to distraction

Thursday, July 1, 2010

“Honk if you love Jesus. Text while driving if you want to meet Him.” – Church sign. A car is a great way to get from point A to point B. A car operated while you are distracted by your cellular telephone is a weapon that may steal you — or someone else — from […]

Crop questions, weak markets

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Corn prices have plunged to new lows as uncertainty about the crop size has created volatility in the markets.

Landowners have responsibilities, too, when it comes to oil and gas leases

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Could you use some extra money? There are few of us that can say no to that question. Landowners often consider selling minerals, timber, coal, oil, gas, topsoil, development rights, carbon, or wind — but what are the ramifications of these agreements? How and for how long will they affect you and your heirs? Before […]

A lot to like about Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas

Thursday, June 24, 2010

It’s just a guess but I’d bet Blanche Lincoln, chair of the Senate’s Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, would be a tough poker player. The reason is simple: Despite a Congressional record as clean as a hound’s tooth, Lincoln has never lost an election, never been within a country mile of scandal and rarely loses […]

It’s been a strange year for ruby-throated hummingbirds

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Some observers report more birds than ever. Other ask why none have returned. My experience has been equally confounding. I saw my first hummer this spring April 11, a full 11 days sooner than my previous first date, so I expected lots of birds this year. And the map of returning hummers at www.hummingbirds.net offered […]

Market Monitor: Lack of insight, but not opinion

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I was reminded this morning that when it comes to really knowing what is going on in the grain markets, I am as useless as certain vestigial mammary organs on a male swine. Maybe you have to think about that for a moment. I cleaned it up a little for the “General” audience. In fact, […]

Time flies when you’re trippin’

Thursday, June 24, 2010

My cousin and I started our “Two Trippin’ Moms Adventures” when our children were very young. Bidding the daddies goodbye, we buckled in a 2-year-old, two 4-year-olds, and a not-quite 7-year-old and headed out to see the sights. At the onset, “trippin’” was certainly less an explanation of intent and more exclamation of wonder, a.k.a. […]

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