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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 […]

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 […]

What does ‘quality of life’ really mean on your dairy farm?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The events of the past two years have given us cause to stop and ponder the quality of our life. Along the way, it would be good if we could take time to recognize some life-altering moments that provide the secure notion that dairy farming is indeed sustainable AND that we can feel satisfied with the quality of life that a dairy farm offers.

Cash flow planning is a good thing

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cash flow planning. These are three words that typically inspire a response along the lines of “ugh,” “why?” or “never done it, never will.” If anything was ever going to happen to change that response, it would be the $1.50 drop in the Class III price from February to March, or more likely, the need […]

Thank a dairyman. Now. Today.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Blessed are those producing our food. Their resilience is unequaled; their patience, admirable. To me, they are a blessed mystery. Last year was arguably the worst year ever in our dairy industry. Some dairy farmers lost their lifelong savings — no big bailout for them. Yet, milk is still being produced, plentiful and wholesome. Laboring […]

Understanding and patience is key to managing multi-generation farm

Thursday, April 8, 2010

After reading the Dairy Excel column in the March 25 issue about hiring teen workers and knowing the law, I began thinking, not only is it important to know the law, but also to understand this younger generation of workers. As a manager, you must realize that every generation has its own values and personal […]

Dairymen, don’t shoot to be ‘just average,’ even by DHI standings

Thursday, April 1, 2010

It is always important to monitor the yield of milk and the composition of milk, especially for the individual farmer, because the income of the dairy farm depends on this source of revenue. The yields of protein and fat are the primary determinants of the price received by farmers. And the proportions of fat and […]

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 […]

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.

Dairy “COW”reers Day: Lots of career options in dairy field

Thursday, March 11, 2010

“Thinking outside of the box.” We use the phrase to refer to a nontraditional idea. Perhaps the exact definition isn’t so important, but we should never underestimate the value of such logic. Maybe the following 4-H dairy program is an example of an idea created outside of the normal parameters. Dairy “COW”reers Day will be […]


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