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OSHA backs off small farm target

Thursday, February 27, 2014

OSHA backed off its previous enforcement directive regarding on-farm grain storage, and emphasized that farms with 10 or fewer employees are exempt from OSHA inspection or enforcement activities.

Get ready! Turkey hunting season is coming

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Apparently, spring turkey season is the next big event. Forget everything else, because it is turkey, turkey, turkey from here on out. Not just in Ohio, but in nearly every state, where turkey hunters are like cash cows to marketers of outdoor gear. Our mailbox has been filled in recent weeks with catalogs, fliers, offers […]

Perseverance to correct erosion problems

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Even the most die-hard winter fan must be hoping that spring is right around the corner. I don’t fall into the category of liking winter; I simply endure it. Most days I find myself needing an attitude of perseverance to get through this time of year. I like this quote about perseverance: “Don’t be discouraged. […]

Congress: Be sure to read it and then pay

Thursday, February 27, 2014

On Jan. 5, 2011, www.gop.gov, the website for the “House Republican Majority,” trumpeted news that its members had acted on their “promise” to “ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives.” […]

Knowledge is displayed in many ways

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Do not let a test score deter you from the power of the dream.

Showering with unsolicited advice

Thursday, February 27, 2014

At the risk of sounding obnoxious, I think Mr. Wonderful and I have raised — to this point anyway — two good kids. The ones that are kind, giving, gracious, look out for others. I’m proud of that. I flatter myself that people want to know how we have managed through cleverness, parenting skill, and […]

Grandpa Charlie worked hard, kept busy

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I am touched by the many readers who have personally withstood similar loss, for their words of understanding resonate deeply.

Ruffed Grouse Society adds woodcock option

Thursday, February 27, 2014

To an unsuspecting beginner, flushing a grouse or woodcock can be unnerving.

Paper to plastic

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I can still remember thinking — “What are they crazy?” — when just hours after the birth of our firstborn the hospital staff began blanketing me in what seemed an endless stack of papers. Forms Medical forms, insurance forms, social security forms and birth certificate information. I gave birth to a 7 pound baby, and […]

Starting seeds indoors: What you need to know

Friday, February 21, 2014

If you’re an avid gardener, or hobby farmer, get your seeds started indoors soon. Starting seeds in late February and early March will give your plants the best chance when they’re moved outdoors.

HSUS and PETA are the least of your problems

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Early February was not a good time to be an American carnivore. First, on Feb. 8, Rancho Feeding Co. of Petaluma, Calif., announced it was recalling 8.7 million pounds of beef carcasses and cuts. That’s virtually every pound of the company’s 2013 throughput. Reason The reason for the recall, explained the Feb. 11 Los Angeles […]

Tired of snow? Think spring and start building a birdhouse

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I know it seems like this winter will never end, but days are getting longer, and just a few days ago, I finally saw blue sky and felt the warmth of sunshine. With longer days and bright sunshine comes hope in the form of bird song. And no voices sound better on a cold February […]

Building, evaluating farm family relations

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Success in family businesses is a two-way street — top managers creating an environment in which people can succeed and people taking advantage of the opportunities given them. The guidelines for being known as an outstanding family member in the business are strikingly similar to the guidelines for building a reputation as an outstanding non-family […]

Winter is the time to make plans

Thursday, February 20, 2014

By JON ROALES Winter is here, there is no doubt about that. As someone who has worked outside his entire adult life, that means one of two things. Either, I am putting on many layers of clothes and trudging through cold days, or I was laid off. While it is not very fun to work […]

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy about service-oriented architecture

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hello Again! Most of us are fortunate to have missed most of the last major snow and ice storm that slammed the south and moved up the east coast. The old woodchuck certainly got it right this year. My daughter is not happy to have to make up snow days and I think that senioritis […]

Sometimes, there is just no reasoning

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Paradise may be found from the inside, looking out, on these winter days, when the bare-boned trees are covered with glistening ice and snow. But living in it is sometimes more challenging. Slippery ice Running an errand for my office one day last week, I found myself face-planted in ice-encrusted snow after slipping on a […]

Careful decision making can position your herd for success

Thursday, February 20, 2014

When making decisions, weigh the evidence carefully.

Pasture renovation is just around the corner

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The snow and cold remain, but that will soon change.

After a long weekend, grain market analysis tougher

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Even while we talk of the prospect of acres changing from corn to beans, in reality, the farmers have already ordered seed and made that decision.

Farm failures: We didn’t plan for it to happen…

Friday, February 14, 2014

Stephen Covey had a great quote that is worthy of every bulletin board: “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

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