Saturday, December 10, 2016

After you have gone through the recruitment and hiring process, how do you develop a working relationship that will encourage your employees to stay...

It usually began this time of year. On my every-Saturday-night telephone calls to my sister in New England, I would ask, “When are you coming?”...

History doesn’t record who first uttered the ageless business maxim that “Time is money,” but a good bet might be a meatpacker because minutes...

Spring is just around the corner and the time to get serious about pasture and hayland planting or reseeding is here. With memories of...

We can never be sure how long and hard we’ll be blasted with cold days at any time of year, but the hope of...

If you have not yet adopted management intensive grazing, you should now. At the end of 2007, I figured I would be spending my winter talking about how to evaluate and renovate pastures after the drought. Boy, was I wrong.

Just think: Spring, by the calendar, is only three months hence. And isn't it sweet to have those few extra minutes of daylight each day, even though the vernal equinox still slumbers? Meanwhile, we must all endure Old Man Winter's wrath along with trying to keep warm, keep the pipes from freezing and despite having had the fireplace chimney relined several years ago, I still can't summon the courage to light a fire.

Regardless of the size of your dairy farm, if there are family members involved - directly or indirectly - with the business, it is important to conduct regular family business meetings.

In the dead of winter, I dream deep dreams of swimming. As the thermometer sits precisely on zero this morning on our farm, I just awoke from a blissful night of dreaming, snuggled down in my cozy warm bed, topped with a down comforter.

Be it bird hunting in Minnesota or vote hunting on Capitol Hill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson is seen as a straight shooter of both pheasants and fools.
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