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It’s been nearly 75 years since the introduction of frozen semen for artificial insemination (A.I.) and 10 years since genomic selection. During those years, the U.S. has catapulted itself to the position of world leader in bovine genetics, which is a comfortable position to be in.

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The production of high-quality proteins, either meat or milk, has never been under greater scrutiny. Social media has virtually unbounded people’s ability to share their voice with the world.

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When I was a youngster, I had a hot temper and was involved in more than my share of fights. There’s a story in my family about the time an older, bigger kid took a donut from me.

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Imagine what the dairy business and agriculture will look like in 30 years. We all recognize that dairy and everything else is changing at unprecedented rates. In this article, I suggest leadership, team building, supervision and interpersonal relationships that will be increasingly important to your personal and dairy business success.

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Last year, the USDA released the 2017 Census of Agriculture. The agriculture census is taken every five years going back to 1840. Many, including me, filled out and returned a 2017 census form, providing information about our farming operations.

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Like milk prices, no one can accurately predict the direction of interest rates in the future. That being said, I firmly believe farm loan interest rates will rise (and possibly sooner rather than later), and producers should have a strategy to hedge interest rate risk.

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