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Is a limited liability co. right for you?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Is it the right thing for every farm and family? Maybe not, but forming an LLC may be an alternative some farm families want to consider.

To truly appreciate nature, one must experience it

Thursday, March 27, 2014

To truly enjoy and appreciate nature, we must experience it. It recharges the soul, and it actually made me feel better physically.

New Ohio hunting regulations could prove interesting

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New proposals could change bag limits, legal hunting guns.

Market Monitor : Volatile week before USDA report

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Grain markets are anxious to find out what the USDA Planting Intentions Report will have say how many corn and soybeans acres are expected for the 2014 growing year.

Calendar says it’s spring: Ready for grazing season?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The key to successful grazing is trying to predict what is down the road so we can be prepared for it.

Only the smart survive: Looking for resilient dairy farms

Thursday, March 20, 2014

With current feed and milk prices, a black and white cow producing 22,000 pounds/year could net between $1,200 and $1,600.

What is sustainable agriculture, really?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Writing Dirt on Conservation articles is a rewarding task that all the soil and water staff members who write take seriously. We all want the readers to know what we do, how we do it and who we do it with. My problem is coming up with a topic that hasn’t already been covered and […]

Food inspection: safe, not sorry

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Farmers and ranchers, on the other hand, aren’t in the cheap business.

Ask FSA Andy about FSA history

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello Again! I guess I have been a little nostalgic lately, since I just celebrated my 25th year with the Farm Service Agency. With this milestone, I also noted that this will be my fifth farm bill I will get to be part of implementing, by explaining it to our local farmers. It amazes me […]

Don’t take life for granted

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A concussion left Judith Sutherland in pain after her fall this winter.

M.V.P.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Today I found myself caught off guard by the weather. This is because I have not gotten any smarter in the lifetime I have lived in the Midwest. Weather Yesterday it was nearly 60 with a light breeze — so comfortable I could gallivant around in a sweater, sans jacket. Today the temperature had dropped […]

Polar vortex could lead to better fishing prospects

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cold winter of 2013-2014 could bring some surprises for fishing season.

Celebrating the life of Ohio State’s Harry Barr

Thursday, March 13, 2014

“I expect you to do better next time.” Dr. Harry Barr, Ohio State University professor and teacher of Dairy Science 201 — the introductory dairy science class, and my very first dairy class back in 1979 — said it quietly as he laid my first exam face down on the desk in front of me. […]

The Polar Vortex hasn’t been all bad

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Devote days with uncomfortable weather conditions to get caught up on farm bookwork and plans for the coming weeks.

Punching Russia’s breadbasket

Thursday, March 13, 2014

When Vladimir Putin sent his nation’s armed, but unmarked, troops into sovereign territory of Ukraine, he became the latest in a long line of Russian Little Big Men to punch Eurasia’s famed breadbasket in the gut. First came the imperial czars, then the revolutionary Bolsheviks and, right behind them and most brutally, Soviet leader Josef […]

Herbicides and cover crops must agree on each other

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Some ongoing tips for successful cover crops.

Living on the cheap edge

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The nice thing about being a publicly acknowledged “Cheapo” (I prefer the term “thrifty” by the way) is that people are impressed (or repulsed, could go either way) with how well you score bargains. I have long admitted that our home is furnished almost entirely in “early auction.” It pains me to pay full retail […]

The way it was in the spring of 1939

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In March 1939, I was still five months away from my sixth birthday and one more from my first year in a one-room country school (no kindergarten or preschool in those days). My folks may have read the March issue of Farm Journal, but even if they didn’t, I have a copy in front of […]

March hunting opportunities for deer sheds, coyotes

Thursday, March 13, 2014

According to experienced shed hunters both antlers are often dropped within yards of each other and pairs of antlers can match up with antlers from the same animal year after year.

Farm names live on long after owners

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Farmers pay homage to generations of the past.

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