Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Feed is the most expensive input on a dairy farm. Dairy operations typically incur annual feed expenses amounting to $1,000 to $1,200 per cow per year.

"Silos go to Preschool," "Grown Men Get Paid to Work with Playdough," "Where Playdough and Silo Meet" or "Dairy Farms are Future Site of World Record Playdough Production" might have set the stage for what was to come.

In response to the appearance of Phakospora pachyrhizi, or soybean rust, in the United States, the USDA developed a federal, state, university and industry framework for surveillance, reporting, prediction and management of soybean rust for the 2005 growing season.

What might be considered cutting edge, different, or a niche market product here is just another day at the farm somewhere else in the world.

On Jan. 21, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the air quality compliance agreement.

I am the first to admit that sometimes I make a mess of things. I try to teach my kids that the best reaction is to 'fess up, take responsibility, fix what I can, learn from my mistakes and move on.

It is no secret that managing a family business has its ups and downs. Some family members may not have a desire to be involved in the business, while others want to understand and manage the business, but have never been given the opportunity to participate in making decisions.

Lately I have been working with the Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency to formulate plans for dealing with animal disease outbreaks such as foot-and-mouth disease and other natural or man-made threats to agriculture.

What's in a "Milk-Feed Ratio - A Peek at the Future"? On Jan. 31, USDA published its Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Situation and Outlook Report.

The Tri-State Conservation Tillage Conference continues to be a source of good information for area producers, extension educators and agribusiness professionals.
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