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Addressing difficult issues on the farm

Thursday, September 24, 2009

You may not be listed as the farm’s primary operator, but as a partner in the operation you may have to be the voice that begins the conversation about the future of the operation. Many times this is a difficult conversation, as it can involve topics such as financial viability, transition of management and control […]

Preparing for corn silage harvest

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cooler temperatures are upon us, the Farm Science Review is just a few days away, as are the best seven days in September — the week-long Tuscarawas County Fair. This also means that corn silage harvest is nearly ready to begin. The following information was provided by Bill Weiss and Mark Sulc, OSU Extension specialists, […]

OSU Extension to offer three-day basic cheese making workshop

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hello northeast Ohio dairy farmers. OSU Extension is saying cheese again! OSU Extension is pleased to be sponsoring a three-day basic cheese making course geared for local dairy, sheep or goat milk producers. This course has been offered five times in Ohio with great results. We are extremely pleased that Peter Dixon, one of the […]

The Ohio State Fair was just what we needed to rescue our spirits

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Just like story of Camelot, the Ohio State Fair emerged in 2009 rather like a knight in shining armor. In the midst of the dismal economic times for the dairy industry, the fair may have been just what we all needed to rescue our spirits. In case you did not know, the theme was “Share […]

The more things change…

Thursday, August 13, 2009

“Tho they may never expect to become farmers, urban youth will soon be in positions where their word may count strongly for the welfare of agriculture. Having them in your community offers a good chance to make lasting friendships for yourself and all farm people.” Inviting non-farm people to visit farms and farm communities is […]

Now may be the perfect time to re-evaluate operation and your goals

Thursday, August 6, 2009

This past week, I taught a session at the state Soil and Water Conservation District Summer Supervisors’ School. The session was an overview of the current agriculture climate and many of the risks involved in the business. One of my summary statements was ‘make time to take stock’. Re-evaluate What I meant by this statement […]

Think about how to tell your story

Thursday, July 23, 2009

In early June I had the opportunity to attend a three-day farm management in-service training in Omaha, Neb. After sitting in meetings for two days I didn’t want to go back and sit in my hotel room, so I decided to take an early evening walk. I was hoping to be able to take in […]

Just how good are you at dairying?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The prolonged depressed milk prices in the dairy industry are creating critical cash-flow and long-term survivability issues on Ohio’s 3,328 dairy farms. Cost-cutting decisions must be made with full awareness of both short- and long-term production and economic consequences. Many farms are analyzing every aspect of their business to see where money can be saved. […]

Ohio Dairy Quiz Bowl is a must see

Thursday, July 9, 2009

I have either observed or been a part of many competitive events in my lifetime. Watching the Olympics on television has been almost like being there. Then there was that time I watched a dairy judge take 15 minutes to decide what two-year-old would end up with the blue ribbon. I’ve even attended OSU/Michigan games […]

Flexible Cash Lease Calculator decision aid at OSU farm management

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Now, more than ever, big swings in crop prices and input costs points toward negotiating some flexibility in cash leases for farmland. “Volatile” and “uncertain” are two words that might best describe grain prices and input costs for row crop production heading into the 2009 planting season. With this increased volatility and uncertainty, risk increases […]

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