The average size of a U.S. crop farm has changed little during the past three decades.
However, this seeming stability masks important structural changes in our farm sector: There are growing numbers of very small and very large farms, and declining numbers of mid-sized farms.
In 2011, 1.68 million U.S. farms had an average size of 234 acres, according to our USDA.
However, 80 percent of farms were smaller than this average with just 45 acres.
On the other hand, most cropland was on much larger farms those with 1,000 acres or more. How can this be?
I was standing on the corner
of 23rd and Psalm
Feeling kinda nervous
Trying to stay calm.
I was looking for direction
And wondering what I'd find
I was hoping that I'd meet someone
Compassionate and kind.
But looks can be deceiving
And things not always what they seem
I wasn't sure of what happened next
Or what it all might mean.
I thought I saw a shepherd
Though I couldn't see his sheep
He walked right up to me and said he thought
That it was time we should meet.
Three topics to be avoided during any holiday gathering include religion, politics and money. Politics is a definite topic to stay away from – sure to inflate blood pressure in many individuals.
Money is another – salaries, spending, inflation, etc. However, talking about and walking the walk of personal faith seems to be an equally touchy subject.
On Facebook, friends ask for prayers when loved ones are undergoing surgery, have experienced a death in the family or are in need of a miracle.
November has always been a time of the year I've enjoyed.
Autumn is officially here and the leaves have fallen off the trees. I can't say I enjoy raking them, but they're nice to look at.
The temperature has changed and it's colder outside, but I love wearing layers.
There's nothing quite as comforting as being bundled in my pea coat and having a scarf tied around my neck.
And then there's Thanksgiving.
Der Baydawg is widder doe,
Un es glabbert yo so in der Kich;
Blendy arwet fer mich,
Welsh-hawna un lots funn socha,
Muss ich now ready
macha in der Kich;
Es is g'shpboss fer mich,
Kucha un feel boi,
Shtana shunt in ra roi In der Kich;
Oh, es shwitzed mich.
De kinner kumma ol hame,
Wil wetta se acta wider
es same in der Kich;
Ei, es lechered mich.
Eb mer essa, duhna mer bayda,
Shpater shwappa mer
resayda in der Kich;
Blendy harlichkate fer mich.
Der baydawg kumt un gayed,
Many families this Thanksgiving will wonder why they should give thanks.
Some may have lost their homes, to fire, foreclosure or to sheriff's sale.
Others may have lost their jobs or their health insurance.
Many may be suffering from the loss of a loved one or having been told they have a serious illness.
Thanksgiving, however, is an ideal time to discuss treasured memories.
Stores are opening this year on Thanksgiving.
Gathering the family
We bundle up against
harsh winter winds
To travel to Grandma's house
Whether near or far
Awaiting the feast as family
We are greeted by loved ones
Amongst a warm home filled with love
And by aroma of roast turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pies
The table set with its centerpiece
cornucopia of fruits and nuts
Declares this a special
day of gathering
A national heritage of gratitude
For freedom to worship God
For all the good gifts of life
For the harvest of food,
To the Editor:
Upon reading the Eighth Street Bridge in Allentown was going to celebrate its 100th birthday, it brought back memories of an old acquaintance of mine, who at 9 years old was eagerly awaiting the grand opening of the bridge.
His name was John D. Stager, and he would retell the excitement he had when at age 9, he became the very first person to roller-skate across the Eighth Street Bridge.
In later years, John D. Stager became founder of The Keystone Memorial Company, along Walbert Avenue in South Whitehall Township.
Consider this. In the time the American Dental Association recommends everyone should brush to achieve maximum dental health, Abraham Lincoln managed to dedicate the first cemetery for soldiers of war in the United States, acknowledge the loss and devastation of a three-day battle on fields and hills not far from here, do a bit of damage control to his own image, and redefine the United States of America.
Not bad for two minutes. That is less time than it takes to make most microwave popcorn.