May 20 2019
Mixed movements took place in U.S. prices this past week, while EU prices were mostly weaker. News reports suggest the U.S. is close to an agreement with Canada and Mexico on steel imports
April 12 2019
USDA has made the ailing dairy economy a high priority and will work diligently to roll out the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) safety net with milk prices at decade-low levels
March 25 2019
Benchmarking is a great tool to have in the financial analysis toolbox. Comparing your farm business to successful peers is a powerful means to learn where your operation is doing well
March 11 2019
Though sign up for the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program does not begin until June, payment calculations are already underway
March 11 2019
The nation’s biggest dairy accounting firm says the average loss during the first nine months of 2018 was about 65 cents per cow per day – and the last three months will likely be worse
Feb. 21 2019
The business of milking cows has certainly consolidated. Just because there are fewer dairy farms does not mean that there is not room for young people who want to milk cows as a career
Feb. 10 2019
On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law. This historic act is the single biggest change in tax law in over 40 years
Jan. 21 2019
The dairy situation and outlook for 2019 presented by Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jan. 15 2019
As each month ticks by with Class III milk prices in the mid-teens, equity slips away from the balance sheets a little at a time
Oct. 25 2018
Each and every replacement heifer and the resulting cull cow come with a cost. Net herd replacement cost (NHRC) is one way to calculate the value of animals leaving your herd
Sept. 7 2018
Have you heard of the four-legged milk stool? A popular analogy among author Gary Sipiorki’s talks and Money Matters column articles, he makes the argument that financial awareness is as critical...
July 23 2018
Three headlines sum up which industry is seeing early casualties in the just-launched trade war between the U.S. and its biggest customers
July 19 2018
Growing up in the 1980s on my family's dairy farm in central Oregon, I really was unaware of the farm crisis
April 19 2018
Caitlin and I have been writing our “Daddy and Daughter Dairy Together” blogs for Hoard’s for a while now
March 26 2018
When consumers spent $1 on dairy products in 2017, dairy farmers received 30 cents of that dollar
March 6 2018
Across the country America’s dairy farmers are sitting down to kitchen tables and making tough choices
March 5 2018
To emphasize the importance of a healthy dairy sector to the overall U.S. economy, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) commissioned an economic research firm to quantify that impact
Feb. 27 2018
A couple years ago, after we realized that the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) wasn’t going to offer us any meaningful protection, we created our own self-funded insura
Feb. 19 2018
Dairy isn’t the only agricultural commodity facing a downturn in pay prices. In its latest forecast, USDA projects that farm income will be $59.5 billion nationally in 2018
Jan. 17 2018
Even when offered really good professional advice, one should consider how that advice fits into the farm’s goals