Ag station job starting again

This is my last week as a full-time farmer, so I have a long list of things that I would like to accomplish.
I’m mostly looking forward to having a pay cheque once again but I do dread the rush—rush that seems to happen when you are working, farming, and just experiencing life.
I have been tackling some spring cleaning and de-cluttering, and I tell you that is a great feeling! I have been targeting two rooms a day and finally I’m down to just the kitchen, living room, and basement.
I hate to admit that even my “Dyson” was choking on all the dog hair that piled up under my bed . . . and I regularly try to clean that up.
I packed up a few bags of clothes that I had stored too long. It seems we wear the same outfits over and over again, and it is so easy to do laundry that you need not to have closets full of clothes.
I spend most of my time in “barn clothes,” and no one sees me or cares if I wear the same sweatshirt or jeans back to back.
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Maddie’s first “cow-love” went to the abattoir last week. Since they spent their March Break in B.C., I haven’t broken the news to her yet.
I’m thinking I likely won’t be the favourite auntie for a while.
As well, they have plenty enough on their minds currently with the tragic loss of their friend and neighbour, Scott.
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The Rainy River Soil & Crop Improvement Association is hosting an Ag Day this Friday (March 27) at the Barwick Hall beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Speakers include Anne Willis of Lakehead University (soil testing project), Brian Hall of OMAFRA (canola production), Dick Trivers of Agricorp (changes in crop insurance), and Jodi DeJong-Hughes of the University of Minnesota (tillage/compaction in heavy soils).
Also slated to speak are Jane Gillon of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (funding opportunities), Gary Sliworsky of OMAFRA (Asian agricultural trip), and myself (Emo Agricultural Research Station updates).
Lunch will be available for $9.
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This Saturday (March 28) at the Devlin Hall, the Rainy River District Trappers Council is hosting a renewable resource workshop starting at 9 a.m.
There will be an otter and beaver handling demonstration, presentations on nesting box projects, and a talk on wolf trapping/snaring.
Local trappers are asked to bring in finished marten, fisher, and beaver for the discussion on fur handling.
Lunch will be available, with the council also hosting booths, student games, and silent auctions.
This is open to the public, as well as all district trappers and outdoorsmen.

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