Brainstorming is divergent thinking!
If you're looking to expand your practice, one component may mean staff brainstorming. The goal of brainstorming is to generate many different ideas over a short period of time without evaluation, criticism or commentary, according to Yvonne (Bonnie) Wichtner-Zoia, Michigan State University Extension. Strategic Futuring, a vision-centered strategic planning workbook developed by a team of facilitators at Michigan State University Extension, suggest brainstorming is a useful divergent or ‘idea-expansion’ tool. FULL STORY »
I don't have all the answers, but I will find out who does!
Balancing diets is certainly a part of the role that I have with my clients, but day to day I serve as much, if not more, as an information conduit and facilitator as I do a "nutritionist." FULL STORY »
Formulate for metabolizable protein
An item that appeared in this column two years ago ― Precision feeding helps reduce feed cost ― addressed the need for precision feeding when trying to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus runoff into environmentally sensitive areas, such as the Chesapeake Bay. FULL STORY »
Troubleshooting dairy herds for mycotoxicosis
When troubleshooting herds that may have been exposed to the influence of mycotoxins, the most important thing for the investigator (veterinarian, nutritionist, dairyman, consultant, allied industry individual) to keep in mind is to not jump to conclusions and assume mycotoxins are the entire problem on the dairy FULL STORY »
Communication heightened when dealing with multi-location clients
It may be necessary to work a little harder on communication when dealing with clients that have more than one farm location. FULL STORY »
Strategizing with clients: There’s an app for that
Dairy nutritionist Naji Nassereddine has found a new tool to use when he wants to strategize with clients, set new goals, or just get them in a “teachable moment.” FULL STORY »
5 last-minute gifts for farm clients
The gift-giving season is an excellent time to treat the farmers in your life to something special, while also showing support for agriculture at the cash register. FULL STORY »
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