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Birth Date: August 20th want to hear me roar?!! Favorite Artists: Dwight Yoakum, Steve Earle, Toby Best Concert: Neal McCoy Greatest Showman ever!!!! The only artist that has ever had me standing through the entire show, even his Christmas show! Hobbies: Golf, Texas Hold “Em and Eatin’ Cheeseburgers What Froggy fans would be surprised to know about me: Grew up a farm boy, actually rode a horse to go count the cattle every day.  By the way it was uphill both ways! If I had one wish: What really happened at the JFK assination?
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Get Your Share, USDA Will Spend Billions To Encourage New Farms – AG Matters

The USDA will spend 5.6 billion dollars over the next two years to encourage more people to get involved in agriculture.  The money will be used in a variety of ways to encourage new farm start ups, expand current operations, increase conservation programs and get more college graduates involved in the career field.

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Are The Kids Bored? – Here’s Things For Them To Do In February – Ag Matters

Trying to find things for the kids to do can be challenging during the winter months.  Until recently, there hasn't been enough snow to sled, ski or snowboard and the luster of new Christmas toys and gadgets have worn off. Whether you live on a farm or in town, the Cornell Cooperative Extensions' 4-H Youth Development has the "boredom cure" with fun activities that will teach them something too.

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“Walking Around Clinton” Photo Gallery Coming To Kirkland Town Library [Video]

Everyday we walk by natural beauty right in our own backyard and never take a moment to appreciate it.  Fortunately, Zach Lewis has used his camera to capture those scenes so we can appreciate them anytime.  Check out a preview of "Walking Around Clinton," a photo gallery coming to Kirkland Town Library in February.

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What Grows Best In CNY Gardens – Ag Matters

It's going to be awhile before we stick a spade in the ground for gardening. It's even too soon to think about sprouting something, but it is the right time to think about "what to grow" this year.  The Master Gardeners at Cornell Cooperative Extension have a tool that will help you decide what grows best in CNY.

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Colgate To Enter "Natural" Market With Deal To Buy Tom's Of Maine
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New York Wants To Define “All Natural” And Other Food Label Buzzwords – AG Matters

In his State of the State Address, Governor Cuomo laid out plans to bring some clarity to the labels on food packaging.  Terms like "All-Natural" are not legally defined, so any producer can place it on the package.  The end results could be more exports for New York produced goods.

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Growth In Craft Beer Industry Makes Barley A Crop Consideration – AG Matters

As the craft beer market continues to expand, many farming operations began thinking of growing hops.  The same market growth is now bringing barley into the conversation. and as they say, nothing beats getting some tips right from the horses mouth. Check out Cornell Cooperative Extension 's Malting Barley Workshop.

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From The Sylvan Beach Bandstand To The Stage at Tootsie’s in Nashville, Catching Up With Blaine Holcomb [VIDEO]

Looking back on life can seem surreal sometimes.  I remember meeting Blaine Holcomb for the first time like it was yesterday, even if it was the summer of 2011.  It was warm and sunny at Sylvan Beach that day, I said something really stupid to start the conversation, he shook it off, took the stage and blew everyone away.  We catch up with Blaine in our exclusive interview.

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