Farm employers begin preparing for health care law

With President Obama about to be sworn in for his second term, individuals and employers alike are thinking more seriously about a key facet of his first term: the new federal health care law, how it will be implemented and what is required to comply. FULL STORY »

39 more counties declared natural disaster areas due to drought

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has designated 39 additional counties in eight states as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by drought and excessive heat. FULL STORY »

N.Y. county loan program carries on Chobani’s success

Chobani’s accomplishments are now giving dairy farmers in Chenango County, N.Y., the chance at their own success through a new $250,000 loan program. FULL STORY »

Orient new employees on your farm

When you hire a new employee on your farm, you must perform several regulatory procedures, but you will also find there are benefits in making a priority of providing an orientation for the employee. FULL STORY »

Assessing how you stand financially

Do you know where your business stands financially? Completing year-end financial statements can help one evaluate a business, large or small, on the profitability and ability to cash flow through statement and ratio analysis. FULL STORY »

Official: 956 Texas water systems on restrictions

The historic drought punishing Texas has forced about a fifth of the state's water systems to ask or compel customers to follow water restrictions, while leaving 23 systems with either unknown supply levels or within six months of completely running out, a top expert told state senators Tuesday. FULL STORY »

$5M to help NY farms replace gear lost to storms

New York farmers who lost equipment or other infrastructure to this year's back-to-back tropical storms may be able to tap a $5 million fund set up by the state. FULL STORY »

Weather leaves dairies to struggle with feed cost, quality

In a crop year full of uncooperative weather, dairy producers across the region are struggling with feed problems and rising prices, a Purdue Extension dairy specialist said. FULL STORY »

Reid: At an impasse over FEMA

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that "we're at an impasse here" because House Republicans failed to pass a bill to keep the government funded and said he hopes the chamber will act quickly to avoid being in session during next week's scheduled holiday week. FULL STORY »

Emergency planning critical for rural resiliency

September 2011 is National Preparedness Month and it comes at a unique time for agriculture in the U.S. The year 2011 has been a particularly tough one for agricultural natural disasters. From the devastatingly cold and snowy winter that collapsed barns across the U.S., the springtime tornados in the Southern states and the yet to be calculated impacts of tropical storm Irene and the drought /wildfires in Texas, nature has given us more than our share of grief this year. FULL STORY »

Are you ReadyAG?

Fire, flood, feed contamination, foot-and-mouth disease. Farm and ranch disasters can come without warning. Is your crop, livestock or poultry operation secure? Is it biosecure? FULL STORY »

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