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Share your appreciation ... it matters

Relationships suffer when someone discovers that decisions are being made by others that affect their happiness and well-being, yet they are not allowed to have input in those decisions. FULL STORY »

Show your legislator a good time

We are seemingly at the mercy of new legislation to make America “green,” free ourselves of workers that want to work, and measures that tax wholesale producers when they purchase retail goods. FULL STORY »

Sibling succession also needs a voice

An evaluation of the business arrangement between two brothers last year illustrates a not-uncommon problem on family farms. FULL STORY »

One lender or more?

Decades ago, I was a loan officer for an agricultural lending institution. One of the practices of this lender was to strongly encourage (require) borrowers not to split their lines of credit across multiple lenders. FULL STORY »

Improve family communication

How can a dairy farm family actually work together each day, but really never communicate with each other? FULL STORY »

Control what you can

It looks like there are few parts of the dairy puzzle we can currently control; operating lines have evaporated and lending options are extremely tight. FULL STORY »

3 business pitfalls to avoid

I spend a lot of my professional life helping agricultural producers build and manage their business operations. FULL STORY »

Income choices

Farming operations are somewhat unique in that they are typically businesses where family members serve as both the employees of the business (labor and management) and the owners. FULL STORY »

Family harmony vs. family conflicts

When family members work together in a multi-generation dairy farm, some families are surrounded by harmony while other families seem to struggle from trying to resolve one conflict after another. Why is this? There are a number of reasons, but here are a few points to consider. FULL STORY »

Now is not the time for team cuts

The easiest cut is that big line-item, management-team cost. This is a cut that does not show immediate results, but can have a big impact on your business. FULL STORY »

Add family partners with care

Family ag operations face a common problem: When should you add a family member to the operation? FULL STORY »

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