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Ragweed a problem for farmers, those who suffer from hay fever

If you are among the up to 20 percent of people who suffer from hay fever, this can be one of the most unpleasant times of the year. Certain plants release pollen that causes the typical hay fever of runny noses, sneezing fits, and...

How long has paper been around?

Q: How long have we been a paper society? I can’t imagine life without toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, etc. — Phyllis Martin, McComb. A: The invention of paper was reported in 105 A.D. by Ts’ai Lun, an official...

Arbor Day Foundation offers September tree deal

Wouldn’t it be great if each of us could find a low-cost way to improve our environment, benefit wildlife and add beauty to our community? What if it also increased our property values and lasted several decades? Sound too good...

Who rates veterans charities?

Q: I’m getting mailings for donations from several veterans/military groups. If we wish to support our military and their families, how can we find out which ones use our money wisely and truly help? — Karen S., rural...

Annie’s Project aims to help women in agriculture

Agriculture has always been an industry of risk management and living the dream of working with the land. These enterprises, particularly the family farm, have often been a husband-and-wife partnership, each one doing their part. Women...

Almanac: Stock up on firewood, sweaters, hot cocoa

If you enjoyed last winter’s bitter temperatures and snow, the Farmer’s Almanac has good news for you: “The winter of 2014″”15 will see below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation,...

3 events celebrate agriculture

You have a great opportunity to participate in several agricultural events in the last weeks of summer. One can choose traditional family fun at the Hancock County Fair, be dazzled by the latest in farm and food technology at Farm...

How did settlers pay for land in Ohio?

Q: How much did the first Ohio immigrants pay for government land? Could they request specific areas? — Jeannette Trout, Upper Sandusky. A: At first, many white settlers were allowed to squat or to stake claims on Indian lands,...
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