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Financing cash-flow deficits

This year has certainly been challenging for dairy producers. Milk prices “tanked” in January and have generally not recovered. FULL STORY »

Focus on family during stressful times

Whenever I speak to a farm audience, I remind everyone that farms can be replaced. FULL STORY »

The power of 10

I found the book “10-10-10” when looking for employee-motivational materials. Conceived and written by Suzy Welch, this concept provides a framework in which nearly all decisions can be structured. FULL STORY »

6 ways to monitor your financial position

Low milk prices, high feed cost and high general input cost pose a triple threat to your operation in 2009. FULL STORY »

Interesting interest rates

I am a fan of Mel Brooks movies, and am particularly fond of Young Frankenstein. One scene that comes to mind is where Dr. Frankenstein and Igor (not Egor) were in a cemetery digging up the body needed to create what would become the monster. FULL STORY »

Conflict resolution strategies that work

Here are seven successful ways to overcome conflict and get your family and your family business back on track. FULL STORY »

Bad isn’t necessarily bad

Chris and I once attended a beef cattle marketing symposium which forever changed my view on negative markets, bad situations and downright nasty-looking problems. FULL STORY »

Can you afford interest rate fluctuations?

Get ready for challenges this year. FULL STORY »

Does it pay to buy vs. rent?

About a year ago, I got a call from my brother-in-law. He had learned that his landlord, the University of Illinois, had received a cash-rent bid of $360 per acre on the 700-plus acres he had rented the previous year. This was an increase of about $160 per acre. FULL STORY »

Positive solutions to family disagreements

Juggling the demands of a dairy farm, family and personal needs can be quite a challenge. FULL STORY »

Getting credits where credits are due

Airlines and car rental companies now sell a feel-good product — offsetting carbon footprints. FULL STORY »

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