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  • Holiday spices come from tropical plants

    Considering how the quest for exotic spice fueled exploration around the world in the 15th century it is no wonder that our favorite holiday flavors herald from around the world.  From Southwest India to Southeast Asia we find cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and mace.

  • EQUIP, WHIP application deadlines are Jan. 28

    Each fiscal year, the Natural Resources Conservation Service sets ranking period dates for applications taken for USDA Farm Bill programs.  Although ranking dates may vary from program to program, landowners may sign-up at any time for all conservation programs.
    The next ranking cut-off date is January 28, 2011 and will include applications for both the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

  • FSA ballots have been mailed

    Election ballots for local Farm Service Agency committee members were mailed for Local Administrative Area 2 on Nov. 5.
    The election of responsible agricultural producers to FSA committees is important to all farmers, whether large or small.
    It is critical that every eligible producer take part in the upcoming election because county committees are direct links between the farm community and the Unites States Department of Agriculture.

  • It’s time to prune roses

    It is alright to go ahead and cut your roses back and cover the bud union to protect it from winters chill. We have had enough cold weather now that roses have finally started down the road to dormancy for their annual long winter nap.
    When cutting your roses back there is one very important thing to keep in mind, such as what kind of roses do you have? There are different pruning requirements for different rose types.

  • Look what turned up!
  • Trees... fresh-cut, live or artificial?

    Picking out the perfect Christmas tree is serious business for me.  Some may find it a trivial chore but I want a tree that will be worth the effort of cleaning, moving furniture, hauling boxes, lights, step ladders and more.  But once the mundane is done then the fun begins.  Each ornament that adorns the tree has a story to tell about my grandparents, parents or me.  The tree is indeed important because it holds the past. And it must hold the past, in the form of many beloved ornaments, securely and with style.

  • Southern States annual meeting held in Virginia

    The 88th annual stockholder’s meeting of Southern States Cooperative was held Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the cooperative’s Richmond, Va. headquarters. Members of Southern States’ Board of Directors, stockholders and guests were given an overview of the cooperative’s performance during fiscal 2010, which ended in June.

  • Thanks to volunteers, Chanler is healing

    By Sarah Gribbins
    Marion County Animal Shelter

    Happy Thanksgiving to all from the Marion County Animal Shelter. We have had a busy couple of weeks, winterizing.
    I guess my first order of business is to update everyone on our Boxer, Chanler’s progress. He is doing wonderful. He has gained a lot of much needed weight!

  • Cranberry bogs bring in the harvest

    Did you know that the cranberry used to be called the “craneberry?”
    When the colonists first learned of this berry from their American Indian hosts in the New World they thought the blooms of the native shrub looked liked the long neck and bill of the crane.
    Eventually, as language goes, it was shortened to cranberry.

  • Be thankful, join me on Facebook

    It is the season for thankfulness but I often wonder why we need a season or holiday to remind us about all the good things we have?
    We have so much more in this country than most of the rest of the world but yet we need to be reminded of it on a yearly basis. Is it that we are spoiled?
    Or, is it that we work so hard year round to get the things that we are continually told we need.
    Or, is it that our neighbors have something we think we need?