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March 20, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Our dear copy editor, Janis Gandy, gave everyone two daffodils for their desks. It's been a long winter and we are all happy to finally see spring arrive. Many coworkers came in my office with their flowers so we could post a thank-you photo for...see all
March 17, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
On Saturday I gave a talk to 500 farmers entitled, "How Did This All Happen?" I didn't choose the title, but it's a good question for almost anything. In this case, the audience was made up of pork producers in the Murphy-Brown (Smithfield Foods)...see all
March 12, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob took this photo of me in early April last year. I was planting cabbages and kohlrabi. I can't wait to dig into our good soil again, but I think it may be delayed this spring. We had the coldest winter in 35 years in Iowa and frost is deep. I...see all
March 5, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
I don't care how cold it is today, that wool is coming off. I'm not sure our ewes were too happy, but how would you know? We always shear a few weeks before lambing, so the ewes come in the barn at night to give birth. The new babies don't have to...see all
March 3, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
"Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?... Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." When I was talking to Mom on Saturday she brought up this Bible verse. At church yesterday, the same...see all
February 27, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
I am a movie buff, so here are my Oscar predictions just for the heck of it. I will make it a Top 10 list with the predictions inside. 10. Blue Jasmine -- Clever and depressing. I felt like I was there on screen with Cate Blanchett, living her crazy...see all
February 24, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
I attended the Western Veterinary Conference last week with Bob and checked out the latest in new treatments for pets and livestock. This is one of the largest vet meetings in the world, with 15,000 attendees from 40 countries. Here are the most...see all
February 13, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
My cousin Jen Arter posted this photo on Twitter this morning from northeastern Maryland. My parent's farm is in the background. Jen says there was 10+ inches of snow by 8 a.m. Who is ready for spring? I'm flying back to Maryland in March, so I'm...see all
February 10, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Dad is finally home from the hospital after falling in the farm shop in January and suffering a brain injury. Mom is taking care of him and other family members are helping with day trips to rehab. It's a big job and the future is uncertain. We hope...see all
February 7, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
It was 8 below zero when I took the first photo yesterday. Bob has had enough of morning snow plowing. The second photo is from last May. I posted it on Facebook and several readers asked if that was Forrest Gump on the mower. Yes, I think it is! see all