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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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If you want to start a grass-based business, the most important question is how to make the wisest use of all the financial resources at your disposal.

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What is the best way to motivate your employees to improve their work performance? This is a common question of farmers hiring full-time employees. In addition to basic wages, many employers offer pay bonuses to encourage good job performance.

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An employee handbook is an important document that all farms should have. The purpose of a handbook is to outline the expectations the farm has for their employees, as well as including rules and policies. Although the details of the contents of the handbook will vary from farm to farm, there are many online resources that can help your farm put together a handbook with the essential information. Here are a few employment policies to include in your handbook that are particularly beneficial to dairy farms.

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Klaas Martens of Penn Yan, New York, and Roman Stoltzfoos of Kinzers, Pennsylvania, are well-known leaders in organic farming circles. Both run diversified farming operations. Stoltzfoos, along with son Dwight, farms on 220 acres, raising livestock and selling value-added dairy products.

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The keynote session for the 19th annual Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Association (NODPA) Field Days focused on the massive changes seen in the organic dairy market over the past few years.

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“Work/life balance” comes up for many young farmers, but it’s time to change our language to “choices we make to manage time” and take action.

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