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Talking with EASE: How to engage the public about animal welfare

Monday, December 9, 2013

It’s easy to say someone else should do the education, and Extension, Farm Bureau, private industry and others do so, but it means even more when the public can hear a farmer describe what he or she does.

Push the pencil now so you are prepared

Thursday, November 28, 2013

During the next month, I will be on the road across Ohio helping to teach the OSU Income Tax Schools. These workshops help teach tax professionals about the latest changes to the IRS tax codes. Today, I would like to remind farmers to push the numbers with their pencil to determine their potential tax liability […]

Show business gets in your blood

Thursday, November 21, 2013

In the musical Annie Get Your Gun, the lead character belts out the lyrics to There’s No Business Like Show Business. The key message is that folks in show biz stick together.

No Black Friday for dairy farmers

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dairymen can’t make a profitable year based on one-day’s sales, like Black Friday retailers. Being profitable requires you to be in the top 20 percent of dairy farms. Being “average” is accepting lower profitability or even sometimes at being unprofitable.

There will be a farm bill … eventually

Thursday, November 7, 2013

It is always difficult at best to forecast prices more than a couple of months ahead, but judging on current Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) cash and futures prices, dairymen should be enjoying a pleasant pre-Christmas season.

Fertilizer prices: Many factors to consider

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Many factors will influence fertilizer prices this fall, into 2014

Who wants to be a milk millionaire?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Who wants to be a millionaire? If we are talking about owning dollars, lots of people would volunteer. If we are talking about milk sold per worker, we would usually say yes, at least a million pounds per worker. But a funny thing happened this year, or rather last year according to the recently released […]

Producers can work on creating value

Thursday, September 12, 2013

America can do more to expand the dairy export markets.

Is China a potential market for U.S. dairy products?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The U.S. dairy industry will continue to try to get milk produced in the U.S. into China. But will the U.S. milk continue to be processed by U.S. companies before it enters China?

Will we go the route of Racine County?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

My parents were born and raised in “America’s Dairyland.” As a child, we drove back and forth to Racine County, Wis., at least twice a year. Racine County was home to gazillions of small dairy farms with “Golden Guernsey” or “Registered Holstein” signs at the end of farm lanes. The farms and barns were fascinating. […]

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