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[Editor’s note: This column originally ran on February 17, 2022.] As I’m sitting here, the sun is out and the temperature is 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Spring fever is starting to kick … more
Among my fondest memories growing up was one of the first times that I attended the PA Farm Show.  If you’ve never attended it before, think of a county fair that’s held inside, … more
Yes, the time change has passed, the leaves are just barely holding on, and the mornings are crisp. Winter is just around the corner, and it brings some extra considerations.  For most … more
This early-season heat wave has really thrown most folks, animals and plants for a loop. People are out trying to plant gardens early, grass has greened, trees have bloomed, and animals have started … more
What every American hopes for is one day to be able to retire in comfort without the need to worry about the money funding it running out. Typically, most retirement plans include some form of investment, usually in the stock market. more
The new year comes with the hope that it will bring a fresh start, and a chance to get back on track and start new goals. But for producers large and small, it is a time to redetermine the market values of day-to-day goods. more
Have you ever come across the saying, “The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays freight both ways”?  more
One of the many benefits I thank my parents for is that my family owns and operates a custom meat facility in the area, in addition to a dairy farm. It can be a hard way to make a living, both physically and mentally. more
Telephone, radio, TV, computers, cell phones, MP3 players, smartphones, smart watches, etc. The progression of technology used in our day-to-day lives has evolved so quickly in such a short amount of time. more
It’s summertime! Time for family outings like bike rides, kayaking on the Delaware river, blueberry picking and sidewalk sales. Soon we’ll hear the sounds of rides, demolition derby, livestock and crowds rushing to get their annual funnel cake.  more
When I was growing up, sometimes I would run late in the barn in the morning due to unforeseen circumstances—aka animals getting out of fences, pipes freezing, etc. I would have to go to school either in my barn clothes or clean clothes, but I would still smell of the barn, because I didn’t have time to take a shower.  more
It’s that time once again to start thinking about the Census of Agriculture. Every five years, the United States Department of Agriculture sends out a survey to all ag producers, asking for information about their operations. more
As we are ready to start planting our gardens for the year, cows are calving, does are kidding, and spring is literally in the air. More customers are coming out to buy local products, and along … more
One of the absolute certainties in life is change. Nothing stays the same for very long, especially in a world that is so digitally connected. But that’s not the only change that I’m … more
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