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Manage dairy employees, establish farm protocols, take on milk marketing, and become more confident in your farm financials.

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While working alongside dairy producers, I hear a lot of myths about raising heifers. Producers often end up “hoarding” their heifers, even though the investment required to raise every heifer is draining their bank account.

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As cheese production and consumption has grown over the last 20-plus years, so has the production of whey. In the early years of cheese-making, whey was considered a waste product that needed to be disposed of.

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During difficult economic conditions, farmers face many challenges that can lead to stress and anxiety about the future of their farm and family. When a farm ceases to turn a profit, and debt is piling up, it is time to examine what options are available to ease the burden.

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It’s football season, and my team is at the top of the division. Football has me thinking about team dynamics, but not just sports teams – also farm teams.

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By now, you’ve likely seen the advertisements for our new, tablet-and-smartphone-friendly digital edition, or perhaps you read Walt Cooley’s editorial from the Oct. 1 issue. If you haven’t had time to explore it yourself, allow me to walk you through some of its unique features.

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Recreating at a corn maze and exploring a dairy farm could be looked upon as juvenile, boring, even lame to veterans who have seen the horrors of war. But when my Pennsylvania farmer friends, the Duncans, invited “my” veterans from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center to their farm and corn maze, I saw it as a gift.

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