Stories by David Marrison

Get cozy with financial numbers

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy holidays to all of our northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania dairy farmers. It is hard to believe that 2010 is coming to a close already. December is always a great time for all of us to reflect on the past year and to take stock of where we are financially. I would encourage all […]

Online ag newsletter is useful farm management tool

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Isn’t autumn in northeast Ohio a wonderful time? I hope your harvest season is going well. While area farmers are in the field, we at OSU Extension are planning our late fall and winter Extension management meetings for producers. Watch future columns for details about many of these programs which will be held in northeast […]

Employee satisfaction key to success

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I cannot believe how fast the summer of 2010 has passed. As the days become shorter and corn silage harvest begins, each of us will have more on our plates as we rush to get our harvest completed while juggling the daily dairy chores. Operating a highly competitive dairy requires the talents of many people, […]

Unintended consequence of health care reform? More farm tax paperwork

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Beginning in 2012, a little discussed mandate in the health care reform legislation will require any business — including a farm — that purchases more than $600 of goods or services from another business or individual to submit a 1099 tax from to the Internal Revenue Service.

Valuable online resources for farmers

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The spring of 2010 has been exceptional. It has been great to see the progress our farmers are making across northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania. This spring has just been tremendous! Today, I would like to remind producers about four great OSU Extension resources which are helping farmers keep their management skills on the cutting […]

Set your own milk price by making cheese and marketing it instead

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Farmstead and artisan cheese operations can allow farm families to become price-makers instead of price takers for their milk. A hands-on workshop in Ohio can show you how.

Workshop focuses on transferring farm to the next generation

Thursday, January 28, 2010

As the age of farm operators increases, transferring the ownership and management of the family business to the next generation will become one of the most important issues farm families will face. While many farmers dream of seeing their legacy passed onto the next generation, many postpone initiating a plan for the transition of their […]

December is a great time to get cozy with our financial numbers

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Happy holidays to all of our northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania dairy farmers. It is hard to believe 2009 is coming to a close already. I know many dairy farmers are glad to see this horrific dairy price year come to a close. I sincerely hope 2010 will be a much better year for milk […]

Observations on riding out low dairy prices

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hello dairy farmers. It has been a long year for our dairy industry. As we inch closer to the December 2008 anniversary of when milk prices took their dive, I find myself thinking as I milk cows each morning about how much longer can many of our dairy operations hold on? These are not pleasant […]

OSU Extension to offer three-day basic cheese making workshop

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hello northeast Ohio dairy farmers. OSU Extension is saying cheese again! OSU Extension is pleased to be sponsoring a three-day basic cheese making course geared for local dairy, sheep or goat milk producers. This course has been offered five times in Ohio with great results. We are extremely pleased that Peter Dixon, one of the […]

Just how good are you at dairying?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The prolonged depressed milk prices in the dairy industry are creating critical cash-flow and long-term survivability issues on Ohio’s 3,328 dairy farms. Cost-cutting decisions must be made with full awareness of both short- and long-term production and economic consequences. Many farms are analyzing every aspect of their business to see where money can be saved. […]

Examine your labor efficiency

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hello northeast Ohio dairy farmers. With the financial crunch being experienced in the dairy industry, many farms are analyzing every aspect of their business to see where money can be saved. Labor efficiency One area farm managers are examining is their labor efficiency. A variety of research surveys have stated the number one issue facing […]

Workshop covers milk price outlook

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hello northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania dairy farmers. The financial crisis has hit our country with a resounding thud. Sadly, it looks like a rough year is ahead for our dairy industry, as the projections for the upcoming year’s milk prices are bleak. It is no secret that 2009 will be a tight year — […]

You don’t want to miss this workshop

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hello northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania dairy farmers. Ohio State University Extension in Ashtabula County will hold a milk marketing workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Williamsfield Community Center in southern Ashtabula County. This workshop, New Tools for the Dairy Farm Manager — Managing your Margin and Profits with MILC-2008 […]

Success important for next generation

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Last week I was at a meeting of local zoning inspectors and township officials. These officials were learning about the tools which can be used to keep agriculture as an integral part of their communities. A lot of discussion was held on how local townships and municipalities could help make their community farm friendly. Concern […]

Happy employees equal productivity

Thursday, May 1, 2008

A few weeks ago, our state dairy specialist, Dianne Shoemaker, gave a preview of Ohio State University Extension’s newly revamped Bulletin 864 — “15 Measures of Dairy Farm Competitiveness.” As we gear up for our busy spring plant season, it is a great time to highlight some of the concepts discussed in the bulletin about […]

Things speed up in the new year

Thursday, December 20, 2007

As we round out the year, I would like take a trip to the variety store to share two special retirements and information on two Ohio State University Extension courses to be offered in the new year.

With high prices come temptations

Thursday, October 18, 2007

It has been a wonderful year with regards to our mailbox milk prices. I have heard many managers talk about how much easier it has been to cash flow farm expenses this year.

Heat detection requires commitment

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Dairy farmers have a ton of hats to juggle in their daily lives. Because of this balancing act, a few responsibilities tend to fall through the cracks.

Farm business help at your fingertips

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Spring is in the air! Isn’t springtime in northeast Ohio a wonderful time? Gone (hopefully) are the howling winter winds and we all are crossing our fingers for a warm, dry spring.

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About David

(David Marrison is an agricultural extension educator in Ashtabula County.)