April 24 2023
We all have the same 24 hours in every day to get work done, and farmers are experts at squeezing every second out of that time. Have you ever thought to yourself, “If I only I could be in two places...
April 3 2023
Workplace culture, employee engagement, appropriate resources, and supervisor trust are just some of the factors that affect how long people remain at your business and how you retain employees
March 16 2023
When we are close to something, it can be hard to see it for what it really is — successes and flaws alike — and dairy farmers are even closer to their farms than many other business owners....
Aug. 11 2022
This little article is intended to be a conversation starter.Did you know that U.S. commercial airlines flew more than 600 million passengers in 2021
July 11 2022
If you are looking to add employees to your farm or business, you already know that is a herculean task these days. That’s because the U.S. unemployment rate remains historically low at 3.6%. T
March 28 2022
“I decided to modify the protocol a couple of weeks ago” were the words of a novice employee from another group performing some analyses in my laboratory. The scenario was very concerning....
March 17 2022
Leading a business into the next generation or owner is a complex process that encompasses even more time and effort than the already complicated succession plans
Jan. 14 2022
culture. In the world of dairy, “culture” can take several meanings. It is defined as the beginning of cheesemaking where the microbes are infused throughout the milk
Nov. 8 2021
Whether it’s one part-time milker or a crew of employees, hired labor plays a role in the operation of many dairy farms
Oct. 4 2021
“It will be a disaster!” That was my thought last month when I learned that my laboratory technician was moving to another state and, therefore, leaving the laboratory in September
Sept. 3 2021
In a farm business, planning for an owner’s later years is an important aspect of a farm succession plan
Aug. 23 2021
As with any vendor on a dairy farm, companies and organizations that help farms install and run manure digesters have to approach the challenges and opportunities presented with a common mindset
Aug. 19 2021
Some farmers say that their greatest assets on the operation are their equipment, land, and animals
June 17 2021
It’s not often that you’ll hear a dairy farmer say, “I have too much good help.” Finding dedicated employees to accomplish everything that must get done on the farm can be time-consuming
June 10 2021
If there’s one thing that’s become totally apparent to me in the three years since I stepped away from hands-on farm management, it’s that the same problems and challenges happen on almost...
May 10 2021
Human beings are complex, and that means our interactions are, too
Feb. 8 2021
Every time another regulation is added to a farmer’s plate, it seems like a brand new challenge to tackle. Oftentimes, it is
Feb. 8 2021
The road to where we are today in agriculture labor laws has been paved with a multitude of good intentions and calls for justice
Feb. 4 2021
Dairy farming is not a 40-hour per week job. With labor laws becoming more restrictive, though, employers may have to treat it as such
Oct. 20 2020
Farm managers and employees’ roles can be aligned with those of coaches and players for a sports team