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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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Milk price volatility continues to be a major concern for U.S. dairy producers. That volatility – along with the recent experience of large negative producer price differentials (PPDs) – can have a significant impact on net milk prices.

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Editor's note: There are several risk management tools available to dairy farmers (see Risk management: Forward strategy based on 2020 hindsight), and one may be a better option than another based on your dairy.

Dairy Revenue Protection (Dairy-RP) and Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy (LGM-Dairy) are the two insurance-based risk management products available to dairy producers.

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Thanks to tight margins on commodities like milk, corn and soybeans, producers are searching for returns wherever they can find them. For some, that means exploring value-added opportunities outside their core operations.

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“They either catch on or they don’t.” Those were the words from a farm manager when asked to share with me his new employee training technique.

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Farmers are problem-solvers and fixers, but I don’t think we anticipated the ripple effect of a pandemic on our families, our farms and our future. I’ve spent the last few weeks anchored at my farm office calling out to farmers, listening and drilling deep to share a well of hope.

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I’d like to dive a bit deeper into the concept that I mentioned in a previous article and which I frequently teach – infinite banking.

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