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When I was a child, my father loved to hunt — primarily pheasants. He and a friend would head out on a pleasant morning, shotguns in hand, dogs in tow. Dad’s friend owned a sweet little cocker…

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I don’t do social media (no computer and my smart phone is too smart) so I just text and phone — oh, yes — and I ask Google to spell and define! I have a radio in my kitchen to catch the local…

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I didn’t grow up doing 4-H or FFA. I could match the clover leaf to 4-H and the blue jackets to FFA, and I knew they showed animals at fair — but that was about the extent of my knowledge. Eve…

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No one answers to Merle, but we’re all a little haggard this summer. The ducks usually wake us before the roosters. With the first happy, echo-less quacks, our feet grumble their way to the fl…

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Common as cornbread, old as dirt, funny as all get-out — homespun expressions that link to our rural and agricultural past, conveying the spirit and plainspoken humor of our ancestors and pioneers.

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Signatories to this column are: Todd Nash, president of Oregon Cattlemen’s Association; Mike Miranda, president of Oregon Dairy Farmers Association; Angi Bailey, president of Oregon Farm Burea…

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