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No Black Friday for dairy farmers

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dairymen can’t make a profitable year based on one-day’s sales, like Black Friday retailers. Being profitable requires you to be in the top 20 percent of dairy farms. Being “average” is accepting lower profitability or even sometimes at being unprofitable.

There will be a farm bill … eventually

Thursday, November 7, 2013

It is always difficult at best to forecast prices more than a couple of months ahead, but judging on current Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) cash and futures prices, dairymen should be enjoying a pleasant pre-Christmas season.

Fertilizer prices: Many factors to consider

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Many factors will influence fertilizer prices this fall, into 2014

Who wants to be a milk millionaire?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Who wants to be a millionaire? If we are talking about owning dollars, lots of people would volunteer. If we are talking about milk sold per worker, we would usually say yes, at least a million pounds per worker. But a funny thing happened this year, or rather last year according to the recently released […]

Producers can work on creating value

Thursday, September 12, 2013

America can do more to expand the dairy export markets.

Is China a potential market for U.S. dairy products?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The U.S. dairy industry will continue to try to get milk produced in the U.S. into China. But will the U.S. milk continue to be processed by U.S. companies before it enters China?

Will we go the route of Racine County?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

My parents were born and raised in “America’s Dairyland.” As a child, we drove back and forth to Racine County, Wis., at least twice a year. Racine County was home to gazillions of small dairy farms with “Golden Guernsey” or “Registered Holstein” signs at the end of farm lanes. The farms and barns were fascinating. […]

Survey gives a glimpse into northeastern Ohio’s dairy future

Thursday, August 15, 2013

More than 78% of the dairy farms surveyed in northeastern Ohio plan to continue to operate during the next five years, despite the many challenges facing dairy operations.

Ohio State Fair was more than ‘fairtastic,’ it was awesome

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

In our industry, we may market milk, but I still believe that our best “off the farm” product is our kids.

For a family dairy farm to succeed, someone needs to step up and lead

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Successful top managers have successful businesses. Failing top managers have failing businesses. Family farms are no different.

Supplemental forage cover crops can add grazing or haying options in fall

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pasture growth has been tremendous so far this year, but late summer heat and dry spells can change conditions quickly.

Factors affecting cash rental rates

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ultimately, supply and demand of cropland for rent will determine the cash rental rate for each parcel. The expected return from producing crops on a farm parcel is the overriding factor in determining the demand for a farm and is the primary driver in establishing an equitable rental rate. Local supply and demand of cropland […]

See you at the fairs with the language of friends

Friday, July 5, 2013

Most of my friends and coworkers clearly understand that I possess more of a creative mind than an intellectual one. I function on energy and ideas. Some of you may be shaking your heads in agreement, as you have witnessed me trying to decipher technology and something mechanical. However, these lack luster moments do not […]

Water quality and dairy farms: A summer meeting you shouldn’t miss

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Water quality regulations impact agriculture (dairy in particular), so it’s a good idea to stay up-to-date with what’s coming down the pike.

Time for summer teen farm labor, so arm yourself with Ohio’s rules for minors

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Now that the school year has ended, you may have youth come to you looking for a summer job on your farm. They may be looking for employment on farms to do a variety of tasks, ranging from baling hay to milking cows or operating machinery. Are all youth allowed to operate machinery, handle livestock, […]

Are incentive-based employment tools a good idea for your farm?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

It doesn’t matter the size of your farm, the number of employees you have, or the number of family (paid or unpaid) members working in the business. Everyone has something that motivates them.

What is it that’s driving farmland value?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Farmland values continue to increase by large amounts each year and have reached record levels in most states in the Midwest, measured by both non-inflation adjusted (nominal) and inflation adjusted (real) values.

Dairy Excel: A morbid article about dairy cows

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The 22nd annual Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference was held April 23-24 in Ft. Wayne, Ind. at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. This conference each year is hosted by Michigan State, Ohio State, and Purdue universities. Attendance for the conference was up this year compared to last year. The new workshop held on Monday evening pertaining […]

Dairy Excel: Farmers get reprieve on fuel storage regs

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The month of May has brought a nice stretch of weather for our farmers in northeast Ohio. This has allowed our farmers to get thousands of acres of corn in the ground. Let’s hope our nice weather continues for the remainder of the month. SPCC plan Besides getting some crops in the ground, some of […]

Read this before you sign that pipeline easement lease

Friday, April 26, 2013

Does anyone really understand the convoluted legal language in pipeline lease agreements? You’d better try. Here’s what landowners should include to protect themselves.

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