I recently saw an article by Stan Moore from Michigan State University Extension that addressed the topic of leadership on farms. This is a topic many farm managers struggle with, but is one of the critical functions that all farm managers must perform well. Below is the article Moore wrote for the Michigan State University […]
Crop profitability prospects for 2013 are positive for the three major row crops in Ohio. Input costs have increased from last year, but high crop futures prices for 2013 crops will allow producers to plan for positive margins next year. OSU Extension enterprise budget projections show positive returns for corn, soybeans and wheat in 2013. […]
Well, we’ve made it through yet another year. The Christmas presents have been opened, you’ve probably eaten more than you should have (I know I did), time has been spent with family and friends (a few of you may think some guests stayed too long), and those faithful cows were waiting for you each day. […]
“The cows are carrying the crops.” A familiar statement that described most diversified crop/dairy farms for the past 15 years. Milk was the original farm-level “value added” product. You add value to your crops by putting them through dairy cows and selling milk. In an about face caused by a wide variety of factors, for […]
During the past six weeks, I have been on the road helping to teach the OSU income tax schools. These workshops help teach tax professionals about the latest changes to the IRS tax codes. I had the opportunity to teach the agriculture portion of these schools and today I would like to share some of […]
We have a story to tell in our role as dairy farmers. There are countless opportunities to share it with others. It may not always be the setting we like or feel comfortable with, but our lives have dimensions that exceed those who work in the concrete jungles of a city, far removed from farm […]
Making management decisions to minimize taxes is wise; evading tax is not. Landowners who have signed gas and oil leases, or are getting royalties, need to give some thought to tax management on the payments received.
The adage “keep the best and sell the rest” is always an important principal in managing a dairy farm, but with the high costs of feed and other inputs, following this principle is a must. The act of “culling” animals from the herd usually has a negative connotation because all too often this activity is […]
COLUMBUS — Cropland values in Ohio have increased again in 2012. Data from the Oho Ag Statistics Service shows an increase of 13.6 percent for bare cropland in Ohio for 2012. According to their data, bare cropland averages $5000/acre, up from $4400/acre the previous year. An OSU Extension survey conducted in December 2011 estimated that […]
Some interesting offers may be showing up in your mailbox. Our “opt-out” period must have expired for receiving offers for credit cards, mortgages and other types of credit as more are showing up each day. Seed offers The ag community has certainly picked up the ball in this game as two recent mailings indicate: The […]
Hello northeast Ohio. Isn’t autumn a wonderful time? I really love this time of year. The cooler nights, the smells and sights of harvest, and the spectacular colors of the leaves all make northeast Ohio a great place to live. OSU Extension is offering the OSU Income Tax Schools at eight locations across Ohio in […]
It should come as no surprise, but I enjoy the thrill of competition and being competitive. No matter what the score, I will continue to root for my favorite team and never give up or in to the thought of losing. In fact, that term does not fit in my vocabulary. Kellogg cereals says it […]
Farm managers able to motivate their workers have a better chance of reducing the typical labor problems faced in today’s economy (turnover, absenteeism, and low productivity). The most common roadblock managers face when motivating employees is a tendency to assume that all are motivated by the same thing. University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers examined leader and […]
With skyrocketing feed prices and negative margins to dairy producers, it may seem as if 2009 is repeating itself. But I don’t think that this is the case — there is some sunshine showing up in the currently cloudy dairy skies. The feed situation It was not that long ago the USDA and most experts […]
Integrated dairy farms producing a large amount of the feeds consumed by their cows have a distinct cash flow advantage. This should be very good to Midwestern dairy producers in the long run.
We were inches away from an entirely different set of crop and feed prices. Inches of rain that is. During the Ag Outlook Meetings early this year, back when we thought grain and feed prices were high — and feed purchasers would appreciate being back at or below those price levels no — the prediction […]
Dairy farmers can tour two Ashtabula County farms Sept. 8.
Recently, my agriculture pursuits allowed me a venture into pop culture, as I made time to read The Hunger Games. Now the movie has been released and it prompted me to compare the author’s theme with the future of agriculture. Synopsis If you are not familiar with the fictional novel, it takes place in a […]
Family businesses are complex, challenging, rewarding and often gratifying, and many parents often desire for their children to continue the business. However, like some marriages, they don’t always work. Finances, poor communications, personal goals, leadership styles, management philosophy, and life changes are but a few of the reasons these separations occur. Suggestions So, if you […]
I had the privilege of traveling overseas to conduct research during part of the summer, so I missed all of the hot and dry weather during July. Using the Internet, I could follow the ongoing drama of the rain that never showed. But one can never appreciate the devastation until one sees it with his […]