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Predator control: Eyes on the backs of cows?

In Africa, there is an effort underway to minimize the lion attacks on cattle. Now, in that region of the world the initiative isn’t to save the cattle, but to stop the farmers from shooting the lions that are preying on the livestock. Nevertheless, I found this particular study very interesting and something that some [...]

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I really enjoyed interviewing an Olympian for the first time.

Eating like an Olympian

Ever since my junior high days I have been a runner. I joined the track team because it seemed like the thing to do at the time. Since then, I have never stopped running. I cannot say how many of my stories have been mentally crafted during a late night run on back country roads [...]

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Helping farmers become better versions of themselves

It is often said that farmers are eternal optimists. But sometimes (okay many times) in a farming career, that optimism is overshadowed by higher input costs, lower crop prices and days when it feels like nothing can go your way. Yes, even farmers need a good, swift kick in the pants every now and again [...]

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Is the backyard chicken boom good or bad for agriculture?

Mankind and poultry have enjoyed a long and storied relationship over time. The most noteworthy of these relationships, of course, is that of humans managing a domesticated animal for the production of meat and eggs. In recent years, the small size, numerous benefits and desire of some consumers to forge ever-closer connections with their food [...]

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“Northern pike!”

“Northern pike!” I opened up my eyes to my six-year-old’s gruff voice with his face about an inch away from mine on the first morning of a recent trip to my family’s cabin on a lake in southern Michigan. I looked across the room to the clock: 6:40 a.m. He had been up until nearly [...]

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Sailing on a farm pond (and the lessons that result)

They say the dog days of summer are a good time to spend on the water. My brothers and I would agree, though we’ve learned some lessons the hard way in recent years through our adventures in boating. There’s something about sailing that has always called out to me. That’s a problem for a midwestern [...]

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The worst joke I’ve ever heard

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not the kind of guy to really speak my mind…unless I am truly compelled to. It isn’t that my views are all that different or that I care about what others think. It may be because what seems to be right in my head may be too [...]

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Happy summer solstice!

To take notice of God’s grandeur never fails to give a thrill. Such is true for summer solstice when the sun stands still. Then oh the bonfires, fireflies and stars that glow Lighting  farm fields and cattails and gardens that grow, The sun sinking low before the shortest summer night, Is nothing short of magic [...]

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Time for a rain dance?

The promise of big rains mid-week has fizzled out for some areas of the state with growing concerns about worsening dry conditions early this growing season. According to the USDA’s NASS, much of the state has fallen into negative rainfall totals compared to the normal levels. The towns of Ashtabula and Sydney currently have the [...]

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Despite being generations removed, the city has farm envy

Within the city limits, you may find more weathered wood, barn doors and farm décor these days. For some it may be a way to go back in time to simpler days and for others it may be a trend they saw on HGTV. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that those that dwell in the [...]

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