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    Corn ethanol: What was Senator Toomey thinking?

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     by Mike and Sheilah Reskovac
     on March 23, 2015

    Mike: This column departs from my joint effort with Sheilah for a reason you'll understand. Lately, my inbox and mailbox has been filled with all sorts of correspondence concerning U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s effort to repeal Renewal Fuel Standard incentives for producing corn ethanol. Back in mid-January, Toomey, along with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced an amendment to eliminate the RFS corn ethanol mandate. When I heard of it, I quickly put on my corn grower’s…

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    Bill-paying and love can be hard to keep mixed

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     by Mike and Sheilah Reskovac
     on February 20, 2015

    Bill-paying and love, like oil and water, can sometimes be incompatible ingredients – tough to keep mixed. And more agitation isn't the answer. Here's the Reskovacs' conversation on it: Sheilah: Mike is one of my biggest frustrations when it comes to paying the bills and keeping track of all the farm paperwork. He takes a check out of the checkbook without writing how much or what it was for. $100? $1,000? Big difference! Mike: Okay. I’m guilty. I’m usually in a…

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    Talked 'farming' as a career to grade-schoolers

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     by Mike and Sheilah Reskovac
     on January 19, 2015

    Mike: A couple weeks back, I had an opportunity to do something I had never done before. My sister, an elementary school teacher, asked if I would come on behalf of my niece, who attends the same school, to speak to the students for career day. Sheilah: What grades are you going to be talking to? Mike: All of them – Kindergarten through 6th grade. Sheilah: What’s your plan? Mike: Plan? Sheilah: Oh boy! You have to have an idea on what you’re going to say. You can’t…

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    Why Be A Nurse When You're A Farmer

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     by Mike and Sheilah Reskovac
     on December 26, 2014

    Mike: Sheilah now has only one more semester of nursing classes to become a nurse. She clearly has the heart for it. Sheilah: People are always asking why I want to be a nurse when I love the outdoors and farming so much. I don’t always have an answer. There are days I don’t know myself. Then there are days when I know it’s what God wants me to do – days like when I saw the flower. It started off as a typical clinical day – driving to the hospital, meeting my…

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    Married 2 Years; Still Learning

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     by Mike and Sheilah Reskovac
     on November 29, 2014

    We’ve learned a lot – how to work through our differences, what makes each other tick and how to conquer our problems together. And yes, we're still learning. We often look at each other with that “deer-in-the-headlights" look when one says something the other has no clue about. We grew up only two hours from each other. Yet, there are more differences than you'd think in the phrases and words we say and the things we know and do. It's more than a…

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    Harvest Has Its Perils For Young Farmers

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     by Mike and Sheilah Reskovac
     on October 24, 2014

    Last year [as fairly new newlyweds], we spent a lot of time together – mainly in the combine cab. This year, we're hardly seeing each other, which isn’t always a bad thing. Mike: Time is a quality and quantity issue this fall. We don’t get to see a lot of each other. Last year, Sheilah would bring me meals to the field, and I'd help her study. This fall, she has class or clinical every day for most of the day. When she doesn’t have class, she stays at the…

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    Digging Into The Compost Biz

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     by Mike and Sheilah Reskovac
     on September 26, 2014

    During lunchtime about a year ago, Mike asked Sheilah what she thought about getting into the composting business. Here's how their conversation evolved. Sheilah: What do you mean what do I think about it? Don’t you think you have enough to do all ready? Mike: Yeah, but what if we're getting paid to do it? Sheilah: Well, that’s a different story. Tell me more. Mike:  A Pennsylvania Resource Council rep had been trying to get me interested in composting for several…

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    Helping Monsanto Give Back

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     by Mike and Sheilah Reskovac
     on August 18, 2014

    Early in the spring, I received an email from Monsanto, asking if I’d be interested in serving a two-year term on the Grow Rural Education Advisory Council. I'd never heard of the council, so I wasn’t quite sure how to respond. With a little research, I found out that Monsanto gives away $2.3 million a year (on average) to schools across the country looking to enhance their math or science curriculums. Why on earth would they want me on the advisory board? After talking it over…

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    A Sweet Corn Conversation On GMOs

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     by Mike and Sheilah Reskovac
     on July 28, 2014

     Every day, GMO – that scrunched-down term for genetically-modified organism – is in the news, on social media or in somebody’s blog. Heck, I’ve even been hearing commercials on our local country radio station about them. One caught me off guard. “Can it be? Did I just hear that right – a local produce grower in our county running a commercial for GMO-free sweet corn?” A few minutes after I heard that commercial, my phone rings. A familiar voice…

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    A Harvest That's So Sweet!

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     by Mike and Sheilah Reskovac
     on July 7, 2014

    We plant a small garden for our use and a sweet corn patch shared with neighbors. It’s a miracle to watch those seeds turn into mature producing plants. What’s even better is knowing what to do with the food we grow. Mike: Last year, Sheilah froze a bunch of green beans and sweet corn. I have to admit I was amazed. I knew there were people out there that preserved their own vegetables for later use, but it never occurred to me that my new wife was one of them. That woman is full…

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    Being A Farmer's Wife Isn't Easy

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     by Mike and Sheilah Reskovac
     on May 27, 2014

    Growing up, I watched my parents as they supported each other through the years – through the droughts, and rains and threat of late spring frosts. I learned a lot from them, about how to deal with the stress of whatever season we were in. Now that I’m grown, I take all of those lessons and memories from my childhood and apply them to my marriage. I can’t say I have a favorite season. All of them have perks I'm fond of. However, there's just something about spring…

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    What's Sustainable Farming – To Us

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     by Mike and Sheilah Reskovac
     on May 9, 2014

    To start, we think of sustainable farming in terms of our farming operation, not the industry as a whole. We can't possibly control what happens in the entire agriculture industry. But we can control to some extent what happens on our land and on our time To us, it means getting the most out of our crops with the resources we have. It means finding new ways to be more time-efficient. And, it means being able to break even and grow a little at the end of day, so that we can go on doing the…

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