Friday, July 29, 2016

Planning is one of the most critical functions of management. Planning decisions can range from the short term of addressing the everyday "fires" of the farm business to long-range planning for retirement, transition and estate planning.

When I opened the package, I had no idea what the big, hardcover book was or who it came from. Bobo's Flying Circus? And then I looked below the title and saw the subtitle: "Autobiography of Gilbert Russell Evans.

As a mom, there is life B.S. (before sports) and then there is life A.S. (after sports). "Before sports" encompasses that rare span of time that occurs in those blissful seasons before you teach your child to walk and, say, chew gum at the same time.

It's here! Farm and Dairy's latest cookbook is ready to ship. After some procrastination on my part and with lots of assistance from our staff - the new book - Made from Back O' the Box - is the 11th edition in our cookbook series.

Manure management is one of the biggest challenges facing livestock producers today. Manure management issues are complex, involve interactions between animals, soils, plants and humans, and can be highly emotional.

Years ago, I received a card in the mail from a Farm and Dairy reader, wishing my daughter well. This gentleman had read my column, and said it touched his heart in a way that he could not quite explain.

A month ago, Fred Kirschenmann, distinguished fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, preached to the preachers of the Northern Plains Conference of the United Church of Christ in Bismarck.

"Pimp My Grill" reads a New York Times headline that grabbed my attention. What's that about? I've heard my teens using the new "pimpin'" slang.

Many Ohio farmers hire custom farm work in their farm business or perform custom farm work for others.

If you're a farmer, don't read this. If you're a farmer wannabe, you'd better read this. Everyone else should read it, too.
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