A perfect spring day has a bright blue sky, just the right amount of heat, a light breeze and an almost unnoticeable humidity. It’s always a welcome sight after winter, but especially after Mother Nature treats everyone to two weeks of below-freezing temperatures. All of that is on top of mo…

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host National Agriculture Day on Tuesday, March 23, and Miami County, along with communities across the country, are encouraged to continue to help celebrate the importance of farmers and the food they produce.

A High Tunnel System, commonly called a “hoop house,” is an increasingly popular practice for farmers, and it is available with financial assistance through the USDA Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the deadline from March 5 to April 9 for agricultural producers to apply for the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program because of recent winter storms and some clarifications to program rules. This program assists producers who suffered …

MANHATTAN — For the week ending March 7, there were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Our first beef calves of the season arrived a few days into February. Each day into calving season temperatures grew colder, and our lives transitioned from normal routines to the highly vigilant survival mode required to weather the arctic storm.

Winter isn’t often associated with garden work, but it’s the perfect time to jump start your native plant gardens and landscapes.

Here in Miami County, we’re blessed with over 40 inches of rain some years, and we average another 10-12 inches of snow in the wintertime, which fuels our thriving agricultural production and keeps our streams, ponds and lakes flush with fresh water.

PAOLA — Merle Kaiser grew up learning to preserve every bit of soil possible on a farm that has been in the Kaiser family for more than a century just southeast of Paola.

FONTANA – When Brian and Jennifer Cornett decided to tie the knot four years ago, there was no question where the flowers for the wedding would come from.

The beginning of 2020, the 76th year of operations for the Miami County Conservation District, kicked off with our most expansive and diverse action plan in recent history.

Dreams have been on my mind lately. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of equality; our founding fathers’ dream of a government of, by, and for the people; and the dreams of little girls who want to grow up to be president of the United States of America.

MANHATTAN — For the week ending Jan. 24, topsoil moisture supplies rated 21 percent very short, 34 percent short, 42 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.