Wednesday, August 24, 2016

USDA December forecast for the incoming year has been so bad over the last 10 years that it is very tempting to advise people to take a position opposite to the forecast.

Years ago, a little girl by the name of Virginia, posed a rather simplistic question that has lived on far beyond anyone's expectations. Perhaps...

As the howling winds of winter approach, it is a good time for farmers to grab a cup of coffee and start to gather their income and expenses records to determine their cost of production and profitability from 2011.

The interest in leasing land for oil and gas production throughout eastern and southeast Ohio has been high, with expansion to northern parts of Ohio starting to occur. This expansion will change the lives of many farm families and communities for years to come, as large sums of new money make their way into the hands of families.

We sometimes attempt to deny reality as a coping mechanism for an issue we simply don't want to deal with if accepting the reality is too painful. This behavior sometimes exists relative to the economics of dairy farming.

Crop profitability prospects for 2012 are positive for the three major row crops in Ohio. Input costs have increased from last year but high...

It is critical to get books fully caught up and to project income and expenses through the end of the year -- whether your gut tells you the results will look good or not so good.

Some people believe that non-pasteurized milk is healthier than pasteurized milk. I myself wouldn't care that some people willingly decided to consume raw milk if their choice wouldn't affect others, myself included. But it does, both financially and from a public safety standpoint.

The Class III price moved from $21.67/cwt in August to $19.07/cwt in September, a drop of $2.60/cwt. Although a Class III price above $19/cwt would have been a high price just a few years ago, this is no longer the case with current feed prices.

A proposal has been made to make revisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act as it relates to the employment of minors on farms....
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