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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. […]

Calculate costs carefully before contracting custom farm work

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Numerous Ohio farmers hire workers to complete machinery operations and other farm related work due to lack of equipment, time or expertise. Many farm business owners do not own equipment for every possible job they encounter in the course of operating a farm. Instead of purchasing the equipment needed, they seek out someone with the […]

Don’t forget calves when heat soars

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Last weekend’s heat was the most challenging for bovines of all ages (and their people) so far this year. Milking cows are usually the primary focus of heat stress abatement strategies, as they are the animals generating the most heat on the farm due to their size and their stages of lactation. While they are […]

Answering the hard questions now will help when disaster occurs

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

As farmers, we know the cows must be milked rain or shine, hot or cold, sick or not, but what do you do when the unexpected happens? Who milks the cows, makes sure the feeding and other work gets done when the person responsible for those chores is unexpectedly unable to fulfill their duties? There […]

Prenuptial agreement: Do I need one?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

When couples marry, they do so with the outlook that it’s a life-long commitment. Have you considered what might happen to the assets you and your family have worked hard to accumulate if that commitment is broken? Farm and agricultural businesses often have high capital investments in land, machinery, livestock, and miscellaneous equipment. The typical […]

Unintended consequence of health care reform? More farm tax paperwork

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Beginning in 2012, a little discussed mandate in the health care reform legislation will require any business — including a farm — that purchases more than $600 of goods or services from another business or individual to submit a 1099 tax from to the Internal Revenue Service.

‘Take a chill pill’ or find some way to deal with the stress of hectic farm life

Thursday, June 3, 2010

As I was trying to determine a topic for this week’s column, I began thinking as I drove through several different counties that — with all the farm work that seems to be taking place all at once — maybe stress would be a good topic to revisit. Seasonal stress The seasonal stress of trying […]

Survey results help farm employers decide workers’ wages and benefits

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Compensation of farm employees is a critical component of agriculture today. Farm employers must provide adequate levels of compensation if they expect to attract and retain quality employees while also maintaining a profitable farm business. Surveys As Extension professionals we are often consulted by farm owners about employee compensation and what they should expect to […]

Valuable online resources for farmers

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The spring of 2010 has been exceptional. It has been great to see the progress our farmers are making across northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania. This spring has just been tremendous! Today, I would like to remind producers about four great OSU Extension resources which are helping farmers keep their management skills on the cutting […]

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