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If you’re hiring a teen on your farm, know the law

Thursday, March 25, 2010

With the school year coming to a close in another month or so, many students will be looking for employment on farms. But are all students allowed to operate machinery, handle livestock, apply chemicals, or work unlimited hours? For the most part, the answer is no. Know the law As an employer, it is your […]

Set your own milk price by making cheese and marketing it instead

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Farmstead and artisan cheese operations can allow farm families to become price-makers instead of price takers for their milk. A hands-on workshop in Ohio can show you how.

Dairy “COW”reers Day: Lots of career options in dairy field

Thursday, March 11, 2010

“Thinking outside of the box.” We use the phrase to refer to a nontraditional idea. Perhaps the exact definition isn’t so important, but we should never underestimate the value of such logic. Maybe the following 4-H dairy program is an example of an idea created outside of the normal parameters. Dairy “COW”reers Day will be […]

Dairy farmers have to know when to call it quits

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The cost of production number, combined with the four key numbers outlined in this article, will help each dairy farm define the point where the business is unlikely to be able to bounce back.

A public relations plan is needed now more than ever for every farm

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Have you thought about developing a public relations plan for your farm? As we look at the challenges facing agriculture, topping the list today is the Humane Society of the US (HSUS) and their attempt to place an issue on the November 2010 ballot. It will take the help of all farmers to help spread […]

Is your child ready for farm chores?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

While recently catching up on some reading, I saw an article that caught my interest. It was titled “Is your child ready for farm chores?” Since I work with dairy youth programs, this topic captured my curiosity. However, as a parent who had regularly enforced chores upon our sons, I had not posed such a […]

Workshop focuses on transferring farm to the next generation

Thursday, January 28, 2010

As the age of farm operators increases, transferring the ownership and management of the family business to the next generation will become one of the most important issues farm families will face. While many farmers dream of seeing their legacy passed onto the next generation, many postpone initiating a plan for the transition of their […]

OSU Ext. sponsored workshops: A lesson you may want to consider

Thursday, January 21, 2010

It’s the start of a new year and Ohio State University Extension has plenty of educational opportunities for you to take advantage of to learn new information and improve your business. Take a few minutes to read about two exciting program offerings. Women in agriculture Annie’s Project, a risk management program for women in agriculture, […]

2009 Income tax issues: A professional may be your best bet

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Most dairy producers were glad to see 2009 come to a close and are looking forward to a better dairy economy this year. Even though many farm families are facing net operating losses, income tax management is still an important issue that should be high on the 2010 “to-do”. Tax concerns. Why are income taxes […]

Social media and employee management

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Have you ever been to a store or gas station and had the clerk talk on their cell phone or text a message while trying to take care of you? It has happened to me and you’ve probably had it happen to you or maybe witnessed it happen to someone else. Have you seen your […]

December is a great time to get cozy with our financial numbers

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Happy holidays to all of our northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania dairy farmers. It is hard to believe 2009 is coming to a close already. I know many dairy farmers are glad to see this horrific dairy price year come to a close. I sincerely hope 2010 will be a much better year for milk […]

Bonnie’s wish list for Santa Claus

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The most beloved Christmas poem of all time begins with the phrase “‘Twas the night before Christmas.” Although it speaks of a family’s preparation for Santa’s visit, here at the office we are on the eve of a new year and there is the usual hustle and bustle to plan the 2010 calendar, review 2009′s […]

Enterprise Budgets are starting points

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Budgeting helps guide you through your decision making process as you attempt to commit resources to the most profitable enterprises on the farm. Crops or livestock? Corn, soybeans or wheat? We can begin to answer these questions with well thought out budgets that include all revenue and costs. Without some form of budgeting and some […]

How to manage employees in the age of social media

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Have you ever been to the grocery store or the gas station and had the clerk talk on their cell phone or text a message while trying to take care of you? It has happened to me and you’ve probably had it happen to you or maybe witnessed it happen to someone else. Have you […]

Observations on riding out low dairy prices

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hello dairy farmers. It has been a long year for our dairy industry. As we inch closer to the December 2008 anniversary of when milk prices took their dive, I find myself thinking as I milk cows each morning about how much longer can many of our dairy operations hold on? These are not pleasant […]

Judging teams on Great American Ride

Thursday, October 15, 2009

If you listen to country music, you have heard Toby Keith’s new song, Great American Ride. Over the past couple of months, I have heard it countless times while the 4-H and collegiate judging teams have been traveling to different judging competitions. Strong connection As I was singing along, there was a moment I realized […]

It is corn silage pricing season

Thursday, October 1, 2009

You don’t have to look outside to know what season it is in an Extension office. You can tell from the questions that come in. It is now corn silage pricing season. How to price corn for silage as a crop standing in the field is a regular and perennially challenging question. The optimal answer […]

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 […]

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