Country Life

2017 Census of Agriculture gets underway

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) starts mailing the 2017 Census of Agriculture to the nation’s producers this week. Conducted once every five years, the census aims to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture. The resulting data are used by farmers, ranchers, trade associations, researchers, policymakers, and [...]

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Elimination of Section 199 proposed in tax reform

While a myriad of details are currently being hashed out in Congress regarding the tax reform measures that are a priority for the Trump Administration, there are some concerns in rural America concerning the debate. Language in the House version of the tax cuts includes eliminating the Section 199 deduction. The Section 199 deduction (or [...]

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What farm moms want for Christmas

Farm women can be hard to shop for. This brings up many challenges around Christmas time. While practicality is nothing to frown at, this mindset makes it hard when asked what one wants for Christmas. I’ve delved in to my resources (o.k. my group of awesome dairy ladies) and picked their brains as to what [...]

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Wet weather pattern into spring

The wet pattern arrived this fall and continues. It has resulted in flooding and harvest delays. It does look like for the rest of November it remains colder than normal with only light precipitation events every few days. However, it will not be cold enough to freeze the ground and make better traction for equipment [...]

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Cranberries a holiday favorite with health benefits

Nothing screams the holidays more than cranberries. Their red brilliance and tangy flavor are featured ingredients in holiday punches, sauces, salads, muffins and breads just to name a few. Spiced cranberry sauce has always played a significant role at my family’s table since I can remember. Paul and I married and at the Detwiler Thanksgiving, [...]

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NAFTA debate continues

As a new round of NAFTA talks begins, public support for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is growing. According to a Pew Research poll, a majority of Americans (56%) now support the NAFTA, an increase from 33% based on previous surveys. A bipartisan group of 76 House members challenged a Trump administration proposal to [...]

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Use care with turkey prep for Thanksgiving

That scrumptious turkey could be more than you bargained for if you aren’t careful, cautioned Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment and State Fire Marshal Jeff Hussey. November trends as a main month for cooking fires, according to Ohio’s Division of State Fire Marshal, and associated burns and property damage could spoil your Thanksgiving [...]

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Farmers receive 11 cents of Thanksgiving retail food dollar

Farmers and ranchers take home just 11.4 cents from every dollar that consumers spend on their Thanksgiving dinner meals, according to the annual Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmer’s Share publication. The popular Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares the retail food price of traditional holiday dinner items to the amount the farmer receives [...]

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Thanksgiving dinner lowest cost in five years

American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.12, a 75-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.87. The big ticket item — a 16-pound turkey — came in at a total of $22.38 [...]

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