15 Gifts for the Country Living Enthusiast

Is there someone in your family who loves country living? Show that you care with a gift tailored to their favorite interest this Christmas! Allow us to suggest 15 gifts (in no particular order), ranging from cute to indispensable. 1. You Can Farm For either the newbie or the seasoned agripreneur in need of fresh…… Continue reading 15 Gifts for the Country Living Enthusiast

K-State Entomology Newsletter

What bad bugs are invading your area? The K-State entomology newsletter may have the answer. This newsletter keeps Kansans informed about the comings and goings of a wide range of insects of economic importance, particularly those that impact field crops. Pests of corn, soy, wheat, sorghum, sunflower, and alfalfa are regularly discussed. However, this newsletter…… Continue reading K-State Entomology Newsletter

Nebo LED Lights

We love Nebo LED flashlights. They’re bright, they come in all shapes and sizes, and they attach to just about anything. That last part is what makes Nebo flashlights so handy. Depending on the model, a Nebo flashlight can be attached to a belt, a pocket, a magnetic surface, a nail on the wall, or…… Continue reading Nebo LED Lights

Osage Orange Firewood: A Few Cautions

A quick glance at the heating properties of Osage orange may suggest that this tree is the world’s best firewood (if you don’t mind battling thorns and sharpening chainsaw blades frequently). After all, this dense wood is the hottest-burning firewood east of the Rocky Mountains, producing as much as 32.6 million BTUs per cord according…… Continue reading Osage Orange Firewood: A Few Cautions

5 Homemade Gifts From the Farm

There’s nothing like a homemade gift to warm someone’s heart at Christmas. The time and love put into a handcrafted present make it special. If you enjoy country living, you have an excellent opportunity to make and grow gifts that will touch others. Need some inspiration? Consider these ideas: Heirloom seeds. If you raise and…… Continue reading 5 Homemade Gifts From the Farm

Free LSU Building Plans

Louisiana State University has put together an excellent website packed with countless building plans available for free PDF download.  If you are the do-it-yourself type, this is a site that you should definitely bookmark! Just to give you a very small sampling of the plans and projects that are included: Gates.Barns.Corrals.Feeders.Dairy parlors.Rearview mirrors for tractors.Walk-in…… Continue reading Free LSU Building Plans

HomeMade

Here is just the thing for the handyman of the family. Whatever you want to build, whether it is for your home, your garden, or your farm, check out this book for ideas. HomeMade: 101 Easy-to-Make Things for Your Garden, Home, or Farm by Ken Braren and Roger Griffith provides a drawing and a brief…… Continue reading HomeMade

Don’t Throw It Out!

This is not a post about recycling—at least not the type that involves saving up plastic bottles for the local recycling center. This type of recycling is quite a bit more interesting because it seriously challenges your creativity. If you’re keeping a close eye on your spending, there is one key question that will arise…… Continue reading Don’t Throw It Out!