Stories by Chris Zoller

Year-end and farm business considerations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

End of another year means its time to analyze your farm business decisions.

Fall forage management tips

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The leaves are falling, grain harvest is nearing completion and as we head into the winter months it’s time to give some consideration to your pastures.

Drug testing can better the workplace

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Drug testing can help your company weed-out issues.

Thinking ahead for silage safety

Thursday, August 21, 2014

While injury and fatality statistics for silage harvesting and storage are not easily tabulated, few operations present more hazards.

Employing minors on your farm

Thursday, May 1, 2014

It’s that time of year when students are preparing for the school year to end and many are looking for a job. You may have one or more students knock on your door asking if they may work for you after school and then during those days when school is not in session. Are there […]

Is a limited liability co. right for you?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Is it the right thing for every farm and family? Maybe not, but forming an LLC may be an alternative some farm families want to consider.

Building, evaluating farm family relations

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Success in family businesses is a two-way street — top managers creating an environment in which people can succeed and people taking advantage of the opportunities given them. The guidelines for being known as an outstanding family member in the business are strikingly similar to the guidelines for building a reputation as an outstanding non-family […]

Talking with EASE: How to engage the public about animal welfare

Monday, December 9, 2013

It’s easy to say someone else should do the education, and Extension, Farm Bureau, private industry and others do so, but it means even more when the public can hear a farmer describe what he or she does.

Some fall forage management tips to try

Thursday, November 28, 2013

It’s hard to believe we’ve nearly reached the end of November! The leaves are falling, grain harvest is nearing completion, and it’s time to give some consideration to your pastures as we head into the cold winter months. Pastures provide an excellent source of feed for livestock and they must be managed for optimum quality […]

For a family dairy farm to succeed, someone needs to step up and lead

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Successful top managers have successful businesses. Failing top managers have failing businesses. Family farms are no different.

Time for summer teen farm labor, so arm yourself with Ohio’s rules for minors

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Now that the school year has ended, you may have youth come to you looking for a summer job on your farm. They may be looking for employment on farms to do a variety of tasks, ranging from baling hay to milking cows or operating machinery. Are all youth allowed to operate machinery, handle livestock, […]

Are incentive-based employment tools a good idea for your farm?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

It doesn’t matter the size of your farm, the number of employees you have, or the number of family (paid or unpaid) members working in the business. Everyone has something that motivates them.

Read this before you sign that pipeline easement lease

Friday, April 26, 2013

Does anyone really understand the convoluted legal language in pipeline lease agreements? You’d better try. Here’s what landowners should include to protect themselves.

‘What’s a fair price to pay to rent farmland in eastern Ohio?’ Well, it depends…

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Just because one farmer offers to pay more per acre doesn’t necessarily mean they will care for the land like someone who offers less per acre.

What does it take to lead on your farm?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I recently saw an article by Stan Moore from Michigan State University Extension that addressed the topic of leadership on farms. This is a topic many farm managers struggle with, but is one of the critical functions that all farm managers must perform well. Below is the article Moore wrote for the Michigan State University […]

Preparing the farm for a New Year

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Well, we’ve made it through yet another year. The Christmas presents have been opened, you’ve probably eaten more than you should have (I know I did), time has been spent with family and friends (a few of you may think some guests stayed too long), and those faithful cows were waiting for you each day. […]

Oil or gas lease or royalty payments? The taxman cometh

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Making management decisions to minimize taxes is wise; evading tax is not. Landowners who have signed gas and oil leases, or are getting royalties, need to give some thought to tax management on the payments received.

What makes them tick? Not all employees motivated by same thing

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Farm managers able to motivate their workers have a better chance of reducing the typical labor problems faced in today’s economy (turnover, absenteeism, and low productivity). The most common roadblock managers face when motivating employees is a tendency to assume that all are motivated by the same thing. University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers examined leader and […]

What if a family member wants to exit the family farm business?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Family businesses are complex, challenging, rewarding and often gratifying, and many parents often desire for their children to continue the business. However, like some marriages, they don’t always work. Finances, poor communications, personal goals, leadership styles, management philosophy, and life changes are but a few of the reasons these separations occur. Suggestions So, if you […]

Should you consider an ag district?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Enrolling in an agricultural district makes sense for Ohio farmers to consider. It is a program that provides protections, doesn’t cost anything to apply, and the application form is simple to complete.

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About Chris

(Chris Zoller is an agricultural extension educator in Tuscarawas County and a member of the OSU Extension DairyExcel team.)