Monday, March 1, 2021
Farming 101

Farming 101

Farm and Dairy is featuring a series of “101” columns throughout the year to help young and beginning farmers master farm living. From finances to management to machinery repair and animal care, farmers do it all.

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The balance sheet is a snapshot of what the farm business owns (assets) and what it owes (liabilities). Do your first farm balance sheet when you begin farming.
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There are many reasons for a farm to consider growing, even in today’s environment of tight margins. Here are nine options for expanding the farm business.

Learn how to protect your farm workers and your personal property from theft, and natural disaster.
chickens

Think you might be interested in raising a small flock of chickens? Here are some basic considerations for backyard and small-scale producers.
Stark County Fair livestock auction

Stockmanship is setting cattle up to do what you want them to do. Follow these basic tips for low-stress cattle handling.

Most hay fires occur within the first six weeks after baling. Moisture content is the main factor that causes hay and straw to spontaneously combust.
money

Farmers may not have the same financial options to save for retirement as large companies, but they still have options. Learn more about those options.
fire

Ohio has laws for open burning, even on farms. Check out these “do’s” and “don’ts” when it comes to burning agricultural wastes.

Farm accidents and emergencies can happen anytime. Preplanning is an important step in farm safety.
tractors

Purchasing a tractor or piece of farm equipment is a big investment. Learn what to consider in this beginner's guide to buying a tractor.