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Well this is it — this is the big release of the 2010 Farmers’ Almanac. Today, an interview we conducted with the Associated Press should have found its way into newspapers and featured on radio and TV stations all across the country. The story (which I haven’t read yet) most likely features our outlook for the winter ahead. While this forecast is very valuable and chilling, we also are proud of the fascinating, curiosity-driven features that are contained in the 2010 Farmers’ Almanac.

This 193rd edition of the Farmers’ Almanac contains articles that share ways and ideas on how to ways to Grow Your Life. This new year’s edition also contains some changes that we believe you will find beneficial. Here are a few highlights:

– Fishing Calendar  (page 82) – we added a second column to this calendar that provides an overall rating for the day and a best time for fish to bite. We also list the best and worst fishing months for 2010.

– Best Days (page 88) – we have always told you the best days to cut hair, castrate an animal, or wean a baby. We have expanded this to include the things that are part of your daily life such as buying a house, travel, or to get a loan. Be sure to check out this popular feature.

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– Calendar pages – (page 102) – in the past we have had a great deal of astronomical data on our calendar pages. Most of us are not using a telescope and are confused by all the symbols. We now offer important dates in history along with key important astronomical information. It is much easier to read and understand.

Last winter during an interview I was asked about why the Full Moon Names related to things that happened long ago. So, we are embarking on a yearlong effort to rename the Full Moons. Check our article on (page 148 or read and suggest a name here online)

While we are noted for our weather accuracy … and we haven’t made any changes there … it is important to for all of us to learn to do more with less. In the 2010 Farmers’ Almanac learn how to grow your own food, stretch your meals and grocery money, live with less, do what makes “cents” about going green, and much more.

We hope you enjoy this year’s Farmers’ Almanac. Let me know how you like the changes and if you catch us on an interview.

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