Feb. 15 2016
Record milk prices in 2014 spurred positive financial health. As a result, the average U.S. dairy farm saw its equity position grow to $2.21 million by the end of 2014, reported the USDA in its Agricultural...
Feb. 8 2016
Bank's outlook: "The sky is falling!" As I write this on January 20, the stock market has dumped 550 points before lunchtime. That's on top of the 1,409 that had already gone poof this month. Happy New...
Aug. 10 2015
We recently moderated a dairy farmer panel discussion where a member of the audience turned the conversation from cowside concerns to family matters. "How do you handle conflict on your family-run farm?"...
May 25 2015
One day your son or daughter may be running your dairy, and that begs the question, what should my 18-year-old know about farm finances? It might be hard to admit but each year everyone gets a year older
May 18 2015
Having those hard conversations while creating a farm succession plan isn't fun, but it is necessary
May 11 2015
A strong workplace environment requires daily attentiveness to clear communication and a strong employee culture
March 30 2015
Having those hard talks are worth the effort when it comes to farm transition planning
March 2 2015
Crisis management is intimidating to address but essential for long-term success. When I was 12, my family had an experience that significantly altered our operation. At 11 p.m. in the middle of wheat...
Feb. 25 2015
The People Side: The road to healing While we can't rescue someone from domestic abuse, we can extend our hand and be there as they determine their path
Feb. 18 2015
Complimentary professional services for dairymen are available to Wisconsin farmers. When things get tough for dairy producers, they look for help. A family member, friend or trusted confidant can be...
Feb. 11 2015
Volatility and opportunities exist in the peaks and valleys.Producing milk is full of peaks and valleys. We love the highs and dread the lows. Understanding your financial status can help your herd maximize...
Feb. 10 2015
Following a 5-to-1 Wisconsin Supreme Court decision, every Badger State dairy and livestock producer should be reviewing its farm's manure handling practices and insurance coverage. Its Supreme Court ruled...
Jan. 28 2015
Hints to help you save time and computer space. Ah, a clean desk. No piles of brochures and papers surrounding your computer. Few farm offices can claim a pristine desk appearance much less a decluttered...
Jan. 26 2015
Transferring the farm from one generation to the next is no small feat, and every family faces its own challenges. One farm that recently created a successful partnership between two generations is the...
Nov. 24 2014
Maggie Seiler tells the interesting story of Windsong Dairy LLC on page 724 of the November issue. The New York dairy is operated by a young man, Diesel Hitt, who did not grow up on a dairy farm but has...
Oct. 22 2014
Living and childrearing expenses continue to climb. Family living costs are up for urban and rural residents alike. In a survey of over 1,300 farm families, Illinois farmers reported that their cost of...
Oct. 6 2014
Right now may be the most important and potentially profitable tax planning window of opportunity that dairy owners have had in years. But it's running out fast. Record Class III milk prices and drastically...
Aug. 11 2014
How do you know where you're going if you don't know where you are? Tracking various aspects of your dairy business is one of the biggest contributors to your financial success. The reasons to keep records...
Aug. 4 2014
The National Holstein Convention Panel in Dubuque, Iowa (L to R): Brent Schuler, Diesel Hitt, John Meyer, Jeff Brantmeier, Dan Bolin and Ashley Abbott. by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor "Have a vision for...
July 28 2014
by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor "The future of dairy is data and managing that data." That insightful quote from Dan Bolin was just one of many thoughtful ideas shared by five young dairy producers at...