Stories by Chris Zoller

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.)