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Being just one of the crew turns out to be good experience for new graduate

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Steve, his mom and I drove to the airport in Cleveland June 30 with our oldest son, Austen and put him on an airplane to Selden, Kan. A whole 25 days after graduating from high school, he was off to live a dream he has had since at least the eighth grade, to spend a […]

Dairy Excel: Practical things to do about rising feed costs and today’s milk prices

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Since September 2006, U.S. corn has not traded under $3/bushel — not one single time — and chances are good that we will never see corn under $3 per bushel ever again. Meanwhile, milk prices have played yo-yo like never before.

The Ayars theory: E = mc2

Thursday, September 1, 2011

With all due respect, move over, Einstein. I have developed my own theory of relativity as it relates to positive youth development. Endurance = Motivation x Challenge squared. At each 4-H dairy event this year, I have observed youth in the learning environment and I am curious as to what methods are used to teach […]

Dairy Excel: Establishing a fair fixed cash rental rate may not be as easy as thought

Thursday, August 25, 2011

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 a fair rental rate. Local supply and demand of cropland […]

Dairy Excel: Take these things into consideration when developing a farm partnership

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Forming a partnership between two or more people to enter into a farming arrangement has a number of potential benefits in addition to a number of potential pitfalls.

Planning on passing on your farm?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Estate planning workshop might be worth day out of the fields.

Dairy Excel: OSU’s ag economics information just got a lot easier to access

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics has a new look to its website.

Dairy Excel: Water is the most valuable nutrient. Are your cows getting enough?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

We need to be on our best behavior in the management of the water supply for dairy cattle during the summer.

Pain management during dehorning, castration of calves is common sense

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Last week the American Dairy Science and Animal Science associations hosted their joint annual meeting in New Orleans.

Dairy Excel: Feed quality critical from here on out

Thursday, July 14, 2011

On June 30, the USDA issued two bearish reports: the updated acreage figures and the quarterly grain stocks report as of June first.

Dairy Excel: Fair season is a great time for talking

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Those of us who embrace agriculture are keenly aware of the ever-widening gap of fact and fiction when it relates to our lifestyle. The fair is not just a “fair” atmosphere, but an excellent one rich with opportunity to showcase our passion for the land and living things.

Dairy Excel: Legislation to give responsible livestock owners some liability relief

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thanks to House bill 22, which will take effect Sept. 20, livestock owners will have less risk of automatically being held liable for damages when their animals escape and run loose on public roadways and on other’s property.

Dairy Excel: Managing stress is vital for farmers

Thursday, June 23, 2011

This spring has been more stressful than most. With what seemed like endless rain and critical planting decisions to be made with imperfect information, I don’t think there is a farmer in Ohio who didn’t experience more stress this spring than during an ordinary planting season.

The Dirt on Conservation: Keep soil, manure, water in its place

Thursday, June 16, 2011

In our part of the world, 38 inches of rain is very common annually. Some of this rain doesn’t soak in and must go somewhere — and there’s the problem for land owners and managers. You have instantly become a responsible party.

If considering a young person for a job, remember minor labor laws

Thursday, June 9, 2011

With high school graduation season upon us, now is a time when you may receive a call or knock on your door from a young person wanting to work on your farm. Young people often have a desire to work on farms and many are excellent employees. However, as an employer, there are certain rules […]

Dairy Excel: Websites can be valuable resources for producers

Thursday, May 26, 2011

What a difference a year has made. Last year we were in the middle of one of the nicest spring planting seasons on record. Now, this year’s spring is making a run for the record books as one of our all time worst springs.

Success… at the end of a rope halter

Thursday, May 19, 2011

They are barely able to walk and yet they pick up the end of rope halter and make their first debut in the show ring. We can hardly wait to watch them grow up and move closer to the other end of the halter. Yet turn around and they are graduating from eighth grade, high […]

Heat stress: Your best cows are the ones at risk

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A cow is like your car’s engine: She needs a radiator to get rid of the heat produced by her metabolism. Cooling cows is a challenge, but one you can’t ignore.

Dairy Excel: Rainy day management challenge

Thursday, May 5, 2011

It’s a great time to think about employee motivation. Dark, rainy, muddy days make for long work days around the farm.

Things to consider during a farm transition from one generation to next

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Questions and issues from families about transferring their farm businesses to the next generation continue to come into my office, with several calls and on-farm meetings in the last few weeks. Maybe it’s the weather or tax season, but whatever the reason, at least families are giving the topic consideration. Attorney needed Most farm business […]

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