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Don’t put off planning your farm transition

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Preparing to transfer the assets and management of your farm business to the next generation is a long-term process and one that requires a significant amount of time and energy. It is not a process that happens in a day, week, or month, but rather is a multi-year process. Along the way, there are a […]

Ohio farms encouraged to take part in National Farm Benchmarking project

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Total cost of production per cwt., feed cost per cwt, net farm income per cow. These are important numbers for every farm as they monitor profitability, develop and monitor risk management plans and look for opportunities. These are also numbers that allow one farm to compare their production and financial management with similar farms. How […]

There is nothing natural about agriculture, when you think about it

Thursday, February 17, 2011

All natural eggs! Naturally raised chickens! Natural tofu! If ‘natural’ is so good, then why doesn’t Ford claim a natural pickup, or Apple an all-natural iPhone?

Make keeping up with advances in technology a lifelong endeavor

Thursday, February 10, 2011

It’s no secret that experiences define life. I’ve had my fair share, but I find myself continually challenged by the youth I spend time with. However, they come with strings attached and one of these is their continual pursuit of new technology. Many have never known a day without touching a computer. When our sons […]

It can be beneficial for farmers to learn to communicate with young workers

Thursday, January 27, 2011

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a hundred times — “kids today just don’t work like we did.” I heard that when I was the kid and I hear it today referring to a whole new generation of kids. Maybe it’s not the kids, maybe it’s the adults. As adults maybe we don’t […]

Ohio State University Extension can help you prepare for a better 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I can remember back several years ago on the first day of a junior high school math class. The teacher gave each student a piece of wood about the size and shape of a quarter. On each side of this wooden piece were the words “to” and “it”. He explained that he didn’t like hearing […]

The true behind-the-scenes farm story

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Through the years, I have occasionally strayed off the strictly educational or informative path in this column. It is happening again today… because late Saturday night we lost a heifer. Just three weeks ago, Steve came in and said one of the Holstein heifers in the prefresh pen was going into labor (it was, of […]

Cowabunga, Dude! Time management

Thursday, January 6, 2011

It is that time of the year when we reflect on “Wow, where did 2010 go?” or begin to make resolutions or set goals for the new year. It is often said that the older you get, the faster time seems to pass. Each of us has 24 hours a day and seven days a […]

Looking into the broken crystal ball: What does the year 2011 hold for us?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The USDA has issued it’s latest forecast for milk, corn and soybean meal prices for the incoming year. Respected economists are behind these forecasts, using some of the best-known tools in econometric forecasting. So what is the picture looking like for 2011? The USDA is forecasting an average corn price of $4.80 to $5.60/bu for […]

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 […]

Our youth are the future of agriculture

Thursday, December 9, 2010

2010 … It has been a “dickens” of a year! The challenge of the American job market has loomed in blogs, coffee shop conversations and in every form of printed material. It can even be likened to the plot of the classic Charles Dickens tale, A Christmas Carol. It seems that our country is haunted […]

Planning ahead for tax time may make the best financial sense

Thursday, December 2, 2010

There are some new tax issues and resources for 2010 and 2011. Expenses increase. Tax Benefit – Section 179 Expensing Increased from $250,000 to $500,000 for 2010 and 2011. The recently passed “Small Business Jobs Act of 2010” signed into law Sept. 27 allows for opportunity for sizable tax write-off for farmers in 2010 and […]

Dairy farm management retreat useful for current and future generations

Thursday, November 18, 2010

With harvest completed for many and winding down for others, there seems to be more time this fall than in recent years to accomplish fall farm activities. Although the ‘to do list’ is never complete, now is the time to think about taking a management retreat. A two-day intensive management training program for business owners […]

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 […]

Fall harvest is a time to act safely

Thursday, October 14, 2010

As the harvest season is well under way, it is a good time for a safety reminder. Whether the reminder comes from a co-worker, spouse, parent or child, it is important to make the effort to work safely. The few minutes you might save now by taking an unsafe shortcut, may end up costing you […]

Backup, backup, backup: It may be the easiest way to survive a disaster

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Last Thursday, a tornado laid a path of destruction through the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center campus and surrounding community. In light of all the destruction, the true blessing was the minimal injuries to people and animals, especially with the Wayne County Fair wrapping up just down the road. Total cost Considerable time will […]

We should learn a lesson from Brazil

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A farmer from a temperate zone, such as one who farms in Ohio, looking for the first time at a tropical rainforest would be wrong to think of the landscape as a farming bonanza. Many would think: “Just cut down these trees and let’s plant some useful crops. If this forest is so luxuriant, surely […]

Pricing corn can be a tricky decision

Thursday, August 26, 2010

COLUMBUS — How to price corn for silage is a perennially challenging question. The best answer will vary depending on the point of view: Are you buying or are you selling?

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, […]

Preparation and corn silage maturity is key to successful harvest

Thursday, August 12, 2010

It is hard to believe, but corn silage harvest will start soon on many dairy farms. Please review the following information as you prepare for the upcoming harvest. At this time in the growing cycle, the most important manageable factor that will influence the nutritional value of this year’s corn silage is maturity at chopping. […]

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