Posts from "September, 2013"

Landlords watch out for the whacko “Freemen”

In the category of “it’s a crazy world” I have been following a story the past few days of this Alberta woman who rented a house to man who later declared he was part of an organization known as “Freemen-of-the-Land” and he has now declared the house his embassy and she can’t get rid of

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New engines; new costs

After sitting in an office all day working on Grainews articles, one of the things I’ve often looked forward to is getting into the tractor cab in the late afternoon for a little “diesel therapy”. That means getting out from behind a desk and getting behind the wheel of a tractor to enjoy putting its

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In the heart of corn and soybean country

Corn and soybeans as far as the eye can see (or at least ‘til the next tree line) and nary a combine anywhere from Virginia, to Pennsylvania, to New York and now back into Eastern Ontario…the harvest has yet to begin. A lot of crop out there and from a casual observation much of it

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Time to straighten out the USDA

Well I am heading into Washington, D.C. this morning. Sure it may look like I am on holidays, but the main purpose of my mission is to straighten out the Americans on a number of issues, including Country of Origin Labeling. I looked in a couple grocery stores in Virginia and saw no sign of

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History behind the Virginia ham

Here’s a photo of the Virginia militia in training to fire on the British as they fight for independence back in 1776. I didn’t have the guts to raise my hand and say “hey, I have British roots”….bad enough I am a Canadian. This military display is part of the daily demonstrations in the old

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It isn’t snowing in Georgia this week

I am too early for the Georgia snow. I saw a couple  small flurries over the past few days, but I am about two weeks too early for the real “snow”. The “Georgia snow” is a term some of the locals use to describe the full-blown cotton harvest. And the fact that it is also

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The goats of Colquhoun

One of the first stops on my great adventure over the next three weeks, was a visit to old homestead in Eastern Ontario, where an energetic young farm family has converted the long-time dairy barn into a meat goat operation. The family farm I was raised on, about an hour south of Ottawa, 10 miles south of

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