Steve, his mom and I drove to the airport in Cleveland June 30 with our oldest son, Austen and put him on an airplane to Selden, Kan. A whole 25 days after graduating from high school, he was off to live a dream he has had since at least the eighth grade, to spend a […]
Since September 2006, U.S. corn has not traded under $3/bushel — not one single time — and chances are good that we will never see corn under $3 per bushel ever again. Meanwhile, milk prices have played yo-yo like never before.
With all due respect, move over, Einstein. I have developed my own theory of relativity as it relates to positive youth development. Endurance = Motivation x Challenge squared. At each 4-H dairy event this year, I have observed youth in the learning environment and I am curious as to what methods are used to teach […]
Ultimately, supply and demand of cropland for rent will determine the cash rental rate for each parcel. The expected return from producing crops on a farm parcel is the overriding factor in determining the demand for a farm and is the primary driver in establishing a fair rental rate. Local supply and demand of cropland […]
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.
Estate planning workshop might be worth day out of the fields.
The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics has a new look to its website.
We need to be on our best behavior in the management of the water supply for dairy cattle during the summer.
Last week the American Dairy Science and Animal Science associations hosted their joint annual meeting in New Orleans.
On June 30, the USDA issued two bearish reports: the updated acreage figures and the quarterly grain stocks report as of June first.
Those of us who embrace agriculture are keenly aware of the ever-widening gap of fact and fiction when it relates to our lifestyle. The fair is not just a “fair” atmosphere, but an excellent one rich with opportunity to showcase our passion for the land and living things.
Thanks to House bill 22, which will take effect Sept. 20, livestock owners will have less risk of automatically being held liable for damages when their animals escape and run loose on public roadways and on other’s property.
This spring has been more stressful than most. With what seemed like endless rain and critical planting decisions to be made with imperfect information, I don’t think there is a farmer in Ohio who didn’t experience more stress this spring than during an ordinary planting season.
In our part of the world, 38 inches of rain is very common annually. Some of this rain doesn’t soak in and must go somewhere — and there’s the problem for land owners and managers. You have instantly become a responsible party.
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 […]
What a difference a year has made. Last year we were in the middle of one of the nicest spring planting seasons on record. Now, this year’s spring is making a run for the record books as one of our all time worst springs.
They are barely able to walk and yet they pick up the end of rope halter and make their first debut in the show ring. We can hardly wait to watch them grow up and move closer to the other end of the halter. Yet turn around and they are graduating from eighth grade, high […]
A cow is like your car’s engine: She needs a radiator to get rid of the heat produced by her metabolism. Cooling cows is a challenge, but one you can’t ignore.
It’s a great time to think about employee motivation. Dark, rainy, muddy days make for long work days around the farm.
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 […]