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Who will lead your farm after you?

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

How much time do you spend developing your farm’s next generation of leadership?

Celebrate the first silent night

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

(Note: This column first appeared in Farm and Dairy 15 years ago. This morning, I searched through my yellowed clippings to share it again this year. Merry Christmas to all.) If you walked by Edith Troyer’s third grade class at Walnut Creek Elementary School during December, it wasn’t unusual to hear voices of the young […]

Reinvigorating the ‘American Way’

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Our challenge — and the challenge of saving the American Way — is for Business, Labor, Agriculture and Consumers to stop pointing fingers and work together for the common good.

Keep your farm above water in 2009: Think change

Thursday, December 11, 2008

While the automakers were pushing for their bailout package on Capitol Hill this week, General Motors bought a full-page ad and admitted to consumers that it made mistakes (although it was buried in the trade publication Automotive News, which is read more by industry execs and lobbyists than Joe Consumer. Go figure.). “At times we […]

Taxing cow farts: The strange and true from D.C.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

You take a coupla days off and the papers and e-mails pile up faster than snowflakes in Geauga County. Here’s some of what greeted me Monday morning: Cow tax. The ag airwaves and Internet hotlines were buzzing last week with a last ditch plea for comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to regulate […]

Sharing a story of Grace and love

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It was a story no one could write but Don Rupert.

You want a farm future? Speak out

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Farmers can’t assume their story is going to get out there if they don’t tell it, because it won’t.

Get obsessed and practice success

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Donald Trump is obsessed with real estate. Howard Hughes was obsessed with aircraft. Calvin Klein was obsessed with fashion. Bobby Fischer was obsessed with chess and Tiger Woods is obsessed with golf. That obsession led to their success. Obsession means eating, sleeping and drinking your passion. You train, you read, you study, you experiment, you […]

Farm future: We are not the enemy

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Agriculture received interesting attention recently as the cover story in Wired magazine, the recognized voice of new technology. Wait a minute. Farming in a geek publication that last month featured the electric car? Yep. The headline? “The future of food: How science will solve the next global crisis.” It is a graphics-rich, text-minimal atlas presentation, […]

Let’s hope California’s Prop. 2 goes down

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A ballot win for Prop. 2 in California would have ripples in other egg-producing states, and certainly in Ohio, which ranks No. 2 in the country in egg production.

Farm country rides economic wave

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Remember the 1992 presidential campaign that pitted Bill Clinton against Bush the Elder? It gave us that wonderfully pithy saying, “It’s the economy, stupid!”

The bail-out heard ’round the world

Thursday, October 2, 2008

It is difficult to think about anything but the U.S. banking sector implosion these days. Even though Wall Street is miles from your home or farm, and we often tune out the intricacies of global finance and its impact, we can’t ignore the situation at hand. Monday afternoon’s news was all about the failed House […]

‘It’s morphin’ time’ for agriculture

Thursday, September 11, 2008

There are no super powers out there to magically whisk your farming operation safely into the future, so I gotta tell you: It’s morphin’ time!

Support of 4-H, FFA youth is priceless

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The small signs were plastered throughout the barns at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds: “Who will buy the million dollar steer?” and “Who will buy the half-million dollar hog?” The signs made sense when sale officials announced this would be the year that the total for the steer sale would pass the million dollar mark (at […]

Pay attention to farming’s long view

Thursday, August 21, 2008

It’s easy to get caught up in this season’s crop, this summer’s pasture growth or this fall’s corn prices. It’s not so easy to stop and take a look around at agriculture in general and at what’s coming down the pike.

What the heck, Google yourself

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I’m an attorney in San Bernardino, Calif.; a staff software engineer for IBM; an art professor at the University of Michigan; and the CEO of HealthFirst in Santa Fe. My husband is a Century 21 real estate agent in Burlington, N.J.; a recruiter in the greater Philadelphia area; a manager of EarthLink’s call center in […]

Animal rightists, read no further

Thursday, August 7, 2008

We should be able to agree that animal welfare is in society’s best interest, and agriculture’s best interest.

Economy: ‘Positive, but subdued’

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Well, Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain, let’s hear it. Let’s hear your spiels for turning the U.S. economy around.

Unwanted horses: Who wouldn’t want Black Beauty?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Last week, the Bureau of Land Management announced it was exploring options to decrease the number of wild horses and burros in the nation’s free-roaming herds. Those herd sizes can double about every four years, so it’s obvious that management is essential. As of June 2008, the agency has more than 30,000 wild horses in […]

Hats off to those dairymen in the trenches

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Like most dairy farmers, Larry Stahl wears many hats: mechanic, nutritionist, vet, animal scientist, agronomist. As a Coshocton County commissioner, he also has another set of hats: negotiator, accountant, judge, CEO, public servant. Sometimes the two jobs pull him in different directions with competing demands. But in June, he combined the two to offer a […]

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