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A loss for agriculture on Election Day

When an election season includes a vote for President, the issues that are further down the ballot rarely get any attention. That is the case for a ballot initiative, “Question 3”, proposed in Massachusetts that will make it illegal to sell veal, pork or eggs from animals that have been confined to crates or cages [...]

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The roles (and realities) of rural America show up at the polls

Once again this week, the massive rift between philosophies, values and political priorities was gashed wide open. Half of the nation was left lamenting and pledging to flee to Canada and the other half was silently smirking at their televisions as newscasters tried to veil their confusion and outrage while blinking back tears to preserve [...]

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Reason for farmer’s arrest a pile of crap

Some events in the satire article below did actually happen. Read about it here. Now enjoy what should have happened. A Warren County man, who normally delivers horse manure to others in the area as a fertilizer, made a special delivery recently. About 6 yards of horse waste was piled high in front of one [...]

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Two undefeated teams going into Friday night

My home community will see something tonight that everybody should be a part of. Schools from opposite sides of the county have found themselves entering week 10 of high school football undefeated — and that one regular game left in the schedule just happens to be against each other. Just to sweeten the pot, the [...]

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Beware the harvest ghost!

 This All Hallows’ Eve go outside and I swear, If you look to the fields you’ll see them out there. Spooks, ghouls and gremlins flourish in the fields, that odd floating lights and low grumbles yield. With their sharp gnashing teeth and sleepless vampires, They revel in the crop fields ‘tween the telephone wires. Haunting [...]

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So God made a grain cart driver

A few years ago, a Super Bowl commercial put the American farmer at the forefront of many conversations the following morning as Ram Trucks put Paul Harvey’s reading of “So God Made a Farmer” with a montage of pictures of farmers doing what they do everyday. But, even with the farmer getting this much deserved [...]

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Go Ninjas!

Completely unrelated to Halloween, I recently found myself standing in a park wearing a ninja costume. I had gone into the 2016 fall season of coaching U8 boys’ soccer feeling fairly confident in my youth coaching abilities. I had coached for four seasons of U6 and suffered only one narrow defeat. I was ready to [...]

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Shame the country sky isn’t used more — but it’s not too late

I was quite fortunate to have teachers throughout my schooling that had a passion to do more than teach, but actually get their students excited about what they could do with their knowledge. With the recent onset of fall, I reflect back on my grade school days and remember eagerly waiting in class on Fridays [...]

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Who gets water quality?

First, let me say that I get it. I understand that the farmers in the Lake Erie Watershed were listening to the science and doing what everyone told them. It was once common knowledge that phosphorus did not move in the soil and that reducing tillage was the answer to the algal woes of Lake [...]

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Perspective is your super power

I sat upon a park bench Beneath a gloomy autumn sky Hoping the peace would ease my burdens And answer my questions of, “why?” When an old man passed by And seeing my somber, sour demeanor Looked in my direction With the glazed eyes of a dreamer. Son, you know you’re a super hero, Everybody’s [...]

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