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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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The future is notoriously hard to predict. There are so many variables that affect the outlook of the U.S. dairy industry but there are a few constants that you can rely on – demand for animal proteins will continue to grow as the world population increases and dairy farmers will continue to lead the way in efficiency and water productivity.

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Any successful business is dependent on an efficient and functional workforce. And, for a workforce to be productive, they must have the right environment. So, how can we set our employees up for success? We must first create a work environment that promotes the welfare of employees. We must also consider the effect employees’ personal health and well-being has on their performance at work.

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Bob was a brilliant farmer. The problem was: Bob was a brilliant farmer.

Bob often went and bought equipment without his wife’s involvement in the decision … even though she was the one juggling the bills. (Bob’s wife is a 50-50 partner in the operation.)

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In the dairy industry, nickels and dimes make a big difference over time. Dairies have the unique ability to compare their financial performance against their production numbers, giving them information on a per-hundredweight basis.

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Dairy farmers considering entering a waste-to-energy business arrangement should be aware that every deal is unique. For that reason, Dave Crass, chair of the agribusiness, food and beverage industry group with Michael Best, warns dairy producers not to follow a cookie-cutter approach or complete a transaction with a developer on their own.

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A year ago, in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, leaders of Pennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence (CDE) created a survey to determine what effect COVID-19 had on Pennsylvania’s dairy farmers and to get a snapshot of the dairy industry.

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