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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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At just 2% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), dairies across the country have made significant improvements to produce food more efficiently, conserve resources and reduce waste.

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Editor’s note: This article is the first in a four-part series about how an Oregon dairy farmer is making robots work on a grazing system.

Labor needs drove us to buy milking robots. The systems are complex, costly and kept our farm open. But we almost closed when we got started.

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There is no question that the ongoing narrative concerning climate change and various “man-induced” gas emissions (including ammonia, carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide) includes dairy production.

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If you are interested in becoming an organic operation, good records are essential, says Kristen Adams, certification service director at MOSA (Midwest Organic Services Association) Certified Organic. MOSA is one of the agencies that certify operations as organic. She says her recommendations will help producers in their transition to organic no matter what certifying agency they use.

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About 12 years ago, a guy named Jack called me up and, although no one in his family knew it, he had terminal cancer. Succession planning had suddenly become a priority, and he didn’t know what to do.

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As a producer, it is very likely you have had to borrow money from a bank at least once in your career. In addition to having the necessary collateral, farming experience, good credit and many other requirements, your banker probably told you that you have to produce “good” financial statements for their review at least once a year.

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