Stories by Chris Zoller

Dairy Excel | Plan ahead: Tax management of oil and gas income for farm families

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The interest in leasing land for oil and gas production throughout eastern and southeast Ohio has been high, with expansion to northern parts of Ohio starting to occur. This expansion will change the lives of many farm families and communities for years to come, as large sums of new money make their way into the hands of families.

Changes to minor labor laws proposed

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A proposal has been made to make revisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act as it relates to the employment of minors on farms. Below is a recent fact sheet from the Department of Labor about the proposed changes. If you employ minors on your farm, read the proposed changes and note the public comment […]

Dairy Excel: Take these things into consideration when developing a farm partnership

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Forming a partnership between two or more people to enter into a farming arrangement has a number of potential benefits in addition to a number of potential pitfalls.

If considering a young person for a job, remember minor labor laws

Thursday, June 9, 2011

With high school graduation season upon us, now is a time when you may receive a call or knock on your door from a young person wanting to work on your farm. Young people often have a desire to work on farms and many are excellent employees. However, as an employer, there are certain rules […]

Things to consider during a farm transition from one generation to next

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Questions and issues from families about transferring their farm businesses to the next generation continue to come into my office, with several calls and on-farm meetings in the last few weeks. Maybe it’s the weather or tax season, but whatever the reason, at least families are giving the topic consideration. Attorney needed Most farm business […]

Don’t put off planning your farm transition

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Preparing to transfer the assets and management of your farm business to the next generation is a long-term process and one that requires a significant amount of time and energy. It is not a process that happens in a day, week, or month, but rather is a multi-year process. Along the way, there are a […]

Ohio State University Extension can help you prepare for a better 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I can remember back several years ago on the first day of a junior high school math class. The teacher gave each student a piece of wood about the size and shape of a quarter. On each side of this wooden piece were the words “to” and “it”. He explained that he didn’t like hearing […]

Preparation and corn silage maturity is key to successful harvest

Thursday, August 12, 2010

It is hard to believe, but corn silage harvest will start soon on many dairy farms. Please review the following information as you prepare for the upcoming harvest. At this time in the growing cycle, the most important manageable factor that will influence the nutritional value of this year’s corn silage is maturity at chopping. […]

Prenuptial agreement: Do I need one?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

When couples marry, they do so with the outlook that it’s a life-long commitment. Have you considered what might happen to the assets you and your family have worked hard to accumulate if that commitment is broken? Farm and agricultural businesses often have high capital investments in land, machinery, livestock, and miscellaneous equipment. The typical […]

Survey results help farm employers decide workers’ wages and benefits

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Compensation of farm employees is a critical component of agriculture today. Farm employers must provide adequate levels of compensation if they expect to attract and retain quality employees while also maintaining a profitable farm business. Surveys As Extension professionals we are often consulted by farm owners about employee compensation and what they should expect to […]

If you’re hiring a teen on your farm, know the law

Thursday, March 25, 2010

With the school year coming to a close in another month or so, many students will be looking for employment on farms. But are all students allowed to operate machinery, handle livestock, apply chemicals, or work unlimited hours? For the most part, the answer is no. Know the law As an employer, it is your […]

Social media and employee management

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Have you ever been to a store or gas station and had the clerk talk on their cell phone or text a message while trying to take care of you? It has happened to me and you’ve probably had it happen to you or maybe witnessed it happen to someone else. Have you seen your […]

How to manage employees in the age of social media

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Have you ever been to the grocery store or the gas station and had the clerk talk on their cell phone or text a message while trying to take care of you? It has happened to me and you’ve probably had it happen to you or maybe witnessed it happen to someone else. Have you […]

Preparing for corn silage harvest

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cooler temperatures are upon us, the Farm Science Review is just a few days away, as are the best seven days in September — the week-long Tuscarawas County Fair. This also means that corn silage harvest is nearly ready to begin. The following information was provided by Bill Weiss and Mark Sulc, OSU Extension specialists, […]

Think about how to tell your story

Thursday, July 23, 2009

In early June I had the opportunity to attend a three-day farm management in-service training in Omaha, Neb. After sitting in meetings for two days I didn’t want to go back and sit in my hotel room, so I decided to take an early evening walk. I was hoping to be able to take in […]

Farm employees may need more than pay

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Many employers would be shocked to learn that good wages and job security are not necessarily the ultimate motivators for employees.

Recognizing stress and depression

Thursday, April 2, 2009

As a high school student I worked on a hog farm operated by a good family who was well respected throughout the community. While in college I learned my previous employer had fallen into a deep depression, neglected feeding the animals and considered suicide as a way to cope with the low hog prices and […]

Influence of cow behavior on nutrition

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The behavior of cows has been studied for many years, but little research has focused on behavior from a nutritional perspective. Research scientists at the University of Guelph and the University of British Columbia recently conducted an experiment to determine how behavior influences nutrition of dairy cattle. Ensuring adequate feeding time and equal access to […]

Simple ways to stay safe this spring

Thursday, March 27, 2008

It is no surprise that farming is one of the most dangerous occupations. A number of factors, including noise, heavy machinery, animals, machine parts that rotate, cut and pinch, and long hours all contribute to this fact.

Family meetings just make sense

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Regardless of the size of your dairy farm, if there are family members involved – directly or indirectly – with the business, it is important to conduct regular family business meetings.

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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.)