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Catching Up for Summer

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By   2 days ago

Reruns are Kathy’s guilty pleasure. She likes to catch up with shows she didn’t have time for, or to see a show that she really liked all over again. Watching M*A*S*H reruns with her French roommate in grad school was a bonding experience. Those are the reasons for this week’s articles: catching up, enjoying great stuff […]

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Girls Will Be Boys Will Be Girls

Ponies found outside of girls' rooms will be sent to a new home

By   1 week ago

Kathy wanted to be a boy when she was growing up. She wanted to drive in the soapbox derby and play Little League, but she couldn’t, because she wasn’t a boy. Now, though, she realizes that she has all the more options open to her. If she wants to wear a dress, she can; if […]

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How Can You Eat That?! It’s So Cute!

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By   2 weeks ago

My cat and I had an argument about which animals should be eaten and which ones shouldn’t. She won.

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Take Advantage of These On Pasture Offers

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By   3 weeks ago

Over the last couple months we’ve shared some ways that you can get the word out about your services and products while at the same time supporting On Pasture. In case you missed them, here they are again: Advertising With No Up Front Cost! This idea came to us from one of Kathy’s friends, Richard […]

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You Can Believe This Bumper Sticker

If your bumper sticker is in the same kind of shape, let me know and I'll send you a new one too! And while you're at, send me a picture of your bumper sticker. Rachel and I would love to have a collection of photos! :-)

By   4 weeks ago

I got to meet a member of the On Pasture Community last week! I was in Harpswell, Maine to visit my husband’s parents, Bob and Ann Williams and they took us to a great seafood restaurant for lunch. We ate lobsters on a picnic table 15 feet from the bay. Afterwards we drove around a […]

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How Do You Get People to Listen to You?

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By   1 month ago

A group of parents were sitting around talking about school next year. Some of us had been to the recent Board of Education meeting, and there was a hint of a possibility that they might add a teacher to the fifth grade. This age cohort of children is crowded into four sections, and the hope of […]

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Final Score: 5-0

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By   1 month ago

Yesterday evening, after the rains blew through and the sun came out, we went to soccer. An inch or more of rain had come down, but the game was on. Parents sat along the sidelines, cheering on their kids, acknowledging good plays by the other team, and checking in with each other. Younger siblings wrestled on the […]

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Farmers in Discussion Groups Generate Higher Profits

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By   2 months ago

That’s a headline from Teagasc, the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland. Their analysis of the impact of farmers participating in discussion groups showed that members grossed the equivalent of about $100/acre more than their non-member counterparts. Now, just leaving a comment on a discussion board isn’t a get rich scheme. You have to […]

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    Making Destocking Decisions During Dry Spells and Drought

    Cattle in Boulder County, Colorado graze a dry pasture.

    By   2 days ago

    Imagine it’s the end of June and it hasn’t rained in awhile.  Your region is well below the average annual rainfall and it’s hard to say when the skies might open and give your pasture a little relief.  Your livestock are grazing along, not a worry in the world, because it’s your job to figure […]

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    Fencing How-Tos and Tips

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    By   1 week ago

    When I started using electric fence back in 1997, I knew so little that I wasn’t even sure which questions to ask. I remember spending a lot of time on the phone with a Kencove salesman asking questions, not understanding his answers, ordering things anyway just to see if looking at them would help me make sense […]

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    One Farmer’s Method for Setting Up Temporary Fencing

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    By   2 weeks ago

    Every farmer and rancher has his or her own method for setting up fences and moving cattle. I’ve learned a lot about how to make my life easier by watching someone else do their work, and then adapting it to my own needs.  With that in mind, I thought you’d all enjoy this video from […]

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    Good Grazing and Soil Health Protection When There’s Too Much Rain

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    By   3 weeks ago

    For much of Indiana, where I live, and a lot of other parts of the country June was quite wet. Some areas had in excess of 10 inches of rain dumped on them. A recent map from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center showed other areas in the 12 to 15 inch range. More than once […]

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    Great Gobs of Gargantuan Grass

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    By   4 weeks ago

    I’ve got too much grass. Did the grass whisperer just say that? Is there any such thing as too much soil-covering grass? Let me rephrase. I’ve got too much grass that won’t be harvested in a timely fashion and meet industry standards (8 to 10 inches), for proper grazing management. How did this happen? It’s […]

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    Livestock Water Tank Tip

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    By   4 weeks ago

    Is your water tank full or empty?  Are you going to have to walk out and look? Here’s an easy way to reduce steps and when you’re checking to make sure your livestock still have water.  It takes a jug, a wire or some string, and a good sized rock, all things we’re betting you have […]

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    What is a Grazing Wedge and What Do You Do With It?

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    By   1 month ago

    With regular pasture inventories and teh Grazing Wedge you don’t have to guess about how much forage you have coming up in your rotation. Here’s how to use this tool to become a more proactive manager.

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    What is a Pasture Inventory and How Do You Do It?

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    By   1 month ago

    There are a variety of ways to figure out how much forage you’ve got. Here Jim Gerrish describes three of them and the one he likes the best.

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      Knap-Time

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      By   2 days ago

      Troy has some great ideas and experience dealing with pesky knapweed. By the end of the article you might be thinking of it as an excellent forage too!

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      Overcoming Poor Soil Health on the Road to Multi-Species Grazing

      Russ Wilson Talks Soil Health

      By   1 week ago

      In this video from the Capital Resource Conservation District’s “Soil Health Project,” Russ Wilson talks about the challenges he faced when he bought a former crop farm that he wanted to use for multi-species grazing. With poor soil, he could barely grow feed for his livestock. But several years and lots of lime in, he’s […]

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      Mechanics of Soil Compaction in Pastures

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      By   2 weeks ago

      Soil compaction can be a big problem on any kind of farmland, whether it’s cropland or pasture. Soil compaction makes it harder for plant roots to penetrate the soil, reduces water infiltration and air exchange, limits the ability of plants to use some nutrients, and increases the chances of water erosion. Traffic of any kind, […]

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      When Planning for the Summer Slump, Consider Pearl Millet

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      By   3 weeks ago

      While it’s too late for this grazing season, you might want to start thinking about this forage for your summer slump next year.

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      A Green Light for Post-fire Grazing

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      By   4 weeks ago

      For folks grazing rangelands in the west, a fire can mean that public land managers will require them to keep their livestock off the range for 2 years. But research that shows that’s not necessary for healthy rangelands. Check it out!

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      Can Cattle Control Oxeye Daisy?

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      By   4 weeks ago

      Can you reduce Oxeye Daisy with grazing management? This rancher decided to figure out if he could train his cows while out on range. Here he describes his training efforts and the results. If you’re working in a large pasture, these tips will help.

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      How Bad Is It When Your Curing Hay Gets Rained On in the Field?

      This is a picture of hay in a field in Australia showing that we ALL fear rain on our hay!

      By   1 month ago

      Well, it’s not great, but the changes in it’s quality depend on the amount and duration of the rain. So here’s what you need to know. Plus, if you’re feeding horses with laminitis, this could be just the ticket to keep them safe.

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      Looking For High Protein in Your Summer Mix? Consider Brassicas

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      By   1 month ago

      Turnips and radishes with 24% protein make a great addition to summer grasses. Here’s how to graze them once you’ve got them

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        Squeezing Every Drop of Profit From Your Small Ruminant Herd

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        By   2 days ago

        You can be a profitable small ruminant producer if you push past the traditional mental fencing and consider everything your herd or flock can produce.

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        Training Livestock to Leave Streams and Use Uplands

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        By   1 week ago

        Cattle can damage streams and surrounding vegetation (riparian areas) by over-grazing riparian vegetation, breaking down banks, decreasing water quality, which can reduce fish populations and wildlife numbers. Suggested solutions to this problem have traditionally ranged from the cost prohibitive – constructing fences along waterways – to the extreme – removing livestock completely from rangelands. Using […]

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        Putting Dairy Cows Out to Pasture: An Environmental Plus

        Left to right, Pennsylvania State University agricultural engineer Michael Hile, ARS agricultural engineer Al Rotz, and ARS research associate Felipe Montes use a dynamic flux chamber to measure the emission rates of gaseous compounds from manure on a dairy barn floor.

        By   2 weeks ago

        Editors Note: This article was written by Ann Perry, Agricultural Research Service Information Staff, and comes to us from the ARS’ Agricultural Research Magazine. Every year, a hefty dairy cow tucked away in a snug barn produces more than 20,000 pounds of milk, along with an impressive amount of manure and an array of gases. New modeling work […]

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        Estimating Cattle Age With Dentition

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        By   3 weeks ago

        Did you know that cattle don’t get all their permanent teeth until they’re 5 years old? The lower front teeth, known as incisors, come in over a period of years, 2 pair at a time, starting with the two center teeth. This means that you can tell the age of your animals by how many […]

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        Can Cattle Control Oxeye Daisy?

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        By   4 weeks ago

        Can you reduce Oxeye Daisy with grazing management? This rancher decided to figure out if he could train his cows while out on range. Here he describes his training efforts and the results. If you’re working in a large pasture, these tips will help.

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        Understanding Consequences to Change Animal Behavior

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        By   1 month ago

        When someone asks you for help, do you prefer to be asked nicely and then be rewarded with a “thank you” or “nice job?” Or do you prefer they scream to get you moving and then criticize you when you’re finished? What ridiculous questions! We all prefer to be treated with respect. Yet, think how […]

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        Low-Stress Animal Handling How-To Videos

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        By   1 month ago

        Wouldn’t it be nice to see low-stress handlers in action so that you can pick up their techniques and use them at your place? Here are some videos that do just that for you.

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        Tips for Being Safe Around Livestock

        Signs of Bull Aggression

        By   2 months ago

        Some tips for interacting with bulls as well as an “animal/English dictionary” of what your livestock are saying and what your response should be.

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          Money Matters View All →

          Left Handed Logic – Figuring per Calf Costs

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          By   2 days ago

          In this excerpt from his book “Time to Change” Colorado Rancher Chip Hines shows how shifting per cow costs to your saleable animals gives you a whole new look at how to cover costs and make profits.

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          Bread & Butter Farm: An Example of Creative Financing

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          By   1 week ago

          Editors Note: This piece, prepared by Carrie Abels, comes to us from Vermont’s Farm to Plate, and describes “How Bread & Butter Farm worked with a patchwork quilt of funding sources to keep land conserved for agriculture.” Whether you’re in a start-up phase or you’ve been farming or ranching for a long time, you could get some […]

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          Are You Working for Nothing?

          If you're working for nothing, maybe you'd like one of these charms. Click to order 10 of them for $7.55 :-)

          By   2 weeks ago

          Don shares some examples of mistakes that cost him and other producers money. They might inspire you to rethink some of what you do so that you’re not working for nothing.

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          Transferring Farm Assets or Retiring From Farming: Tax Tips When You’re Gifting or Inheriting

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          By   3 weeks ago

          Editors Note: This is Part Two on the ins and outs of U.S. Tax Law when passing on your farm and assets. Part One covered what happens when you sell them.  Gifting If you are giving a farm asset as a gift, the receiver gets the asset as well as the tax basis (the amount […]

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          Transferring Farm Assets or Retiring From Farming: Tax Tips When You’re Selling

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          By   4 weeks ago

          Farmers and others interested in maintaining the working landscape need to plan carefully in order for farms to be successfully transferred. This is true if the transfer is within a family from one generation to the next or between unrelated, retiring and beginning farmers. One of the most important aspects of a successful transfer is […]

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          Getting Down on the Farm: Navigating the Cost-Prohibitive Realities of Farmland

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          By   1 month ago

          Do you remember what a junior high dance party was like? It may be too far in the rearview mirror for some of you, so I’ll refresh your memory. The girls are on one side, talking and keeping each other company while the boys are trying to look cool with their hands in their pockets […]

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          How to Get Your First Farm Loan

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          By   1 month ago

          Here’s what lenders are looking for and what you can expect as you go through the process of borrowing money from a bank. It’s good information even for those who’ve gotten loans in the past.

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          Developing a Lease Agreement You Can Relate To

          By   1 month ago

          Farm lease agreements can be complex legal documents, but they don’t have to be.  Behind every legal provision there is a meaning, a purpose and a potential benefit to both parties of having such language in the lease.  I sometimes work through lease agreements with farmers or landowners, and witness their eyes glazing over when […]

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            How Can I Tell If a Change is Worth Making?

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            By   2 days ago

            Do you want to know if that fertilizer treatment is working? Or would you like to know if a particular management practice is worth implementing on your whole farm or ranch? You need to do a little on-farm research, and here’s booklet that can help you get started.

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            How Plants Tell Time

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            By   1 week ago

            Since our lives depend on plants, it might help if we understand what time they think it is. This TED-ed lesson is a quick look at how circadian rhythms, chemical chain reactions and more keep the world running. It’s 4 minutes that will get you looking at what your plants are doing out there in […]

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            Earworm Cures

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            By   2 weeks ago

            Earworms are those songs that repeat over and over in your head. Now, here are some cures.

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            Taste Bud

            Let the tasting begin!

            By   3 weeks ago

            There are occasions within agriculture where you get to try new things. You may be thinking that I got to run some new piece of equipment or experience an innovative technique which could make life a bit easier and more profitable. While I wouldn’t scoff at either option, the truth of the matter is that […]

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            Livestock Water Tank Tip

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            By   4 weeks ago

            Is your water tank full or empty?  Are you going to have to walk out and look? Here’s an easy way to reduce steps and when you’re checking to make sure your livestock still have water.  It takes a jug, a wire or some string, and a good sized rock, all things we’re betting you have […]

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            Graze Or DIE

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            By   1 month ago

            Over a year ago, a friend of mine who is interested in health and nutrition gave me an article entitled “Change or die”. Originally published in the May 2005 issue of Fast Company magazine, it was authored by Alan Deutschman, who has since written a book with the same title. The article was focused on […]

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            Re-purposing the Brassiere

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            By   1 month ago

            Have you ever wanted to see a Nobel Laureate with a bra on his head? Well, here’s video of three of them wearing bras as face masks. Its the result of some great outside-the-box thinking by a women who realized her bra could provide emergency protection in disasters like Chernobyl, 9/11, and Fukushima. We hope she’ll inspire you to think big too!

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            Eat Chocolate to Lose Weight

            For dietary reasons, of course. Chocolate has many important properties.  Speeding up weight loss? Maybe not.

            By   2 months ago

            You know we at On Pasture love science, and we love chocolate too. Here the two meet in a story of why you need to beware of where your information comes from and why you should always ask questions. Don’t be hoodwinked into eating more chocolate!

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              World’s Best Toaster

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              By   2 days ago

              What would you do with this toaster if it suddenly appeared at your home or office? Rachel and Kathy thought they might try it out at home, but then realized they’re the only ones who make toast. Kind of loses it’s fun factor then!  But do let us know what happens if you have a […]

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              Bird Identification Question

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              By   1 week ago

              If you know the answer, please post below!

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              You’ll Be Singing All Day Long!

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              By   2 weeks ago

              It’s funny, it’s farmey, and will get you singing a song. You’re welcome! 😉   If you need a cure to keep you from singing this song in your head the rest of the day, check out this week’s “Consider This” on Earworm Cures.

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              Ride Off Into the Sunrise

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              By   3 weeks ago

              Maybe it makes more sense?

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              What Really Goes On At This Bistro?!

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              By   4 weeks ago

              This is a sign I drive past in Tucson almost every time I run errands. And every time I see it, the agriculture part of my brain does a double take. What are they doing at this bistro?! And is that a good place to do this kind of thing?   And then I see […]

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              Family Friendly Celebrity Nude Photo Leaked

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              By   1 month ago

              Really you can show your kids this one…unless they don’t know the truth about Kermit the Frog!

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              How to Properly Pose With Statues

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              By   1 month ago

              If you’re like us, you’ll be thinking about what statues you have nearby so that you can start posing too!                            

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              A New Crop of Potatoes

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              By   2 months ago

              Now that potatoes are deemed healthy, here’s a variety we might want to raise.

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