management

Approaches To Forage and Hay

forage and hay
Forage / hay quality and availability is tight this year. Many operations are facing tough decisions on acquiring feed options. If you are faced with using lower quality forage or hay, this post will help in identifying the quality and storage options for fall and winter.
The quality of the hay will vary greatly, depending on the time of year, maturity and weather conditions when the hay was made in addition to how it is stored. While we encourage forage testing as the only real way of knowing the feed value of your hay, very few farmers are following through with this practice.

Seven Actions To Prevent Embezzlement in Agribusinesses


Running a business, even in agriculture, requires having a sense of how the operations are working and keeping an eye on potential trouble spots. When money is involved, the opportunity for theft does exist. Having in place controls and process to keep theft away is an important management responsibility.
Unfortunately, embezzlement is not uncommon and is often difficult to detect. Embezzlement is a crime of opportunity and trust. A person who is trusted is placed in a position that allows him or her complete access to the financial data of the business, typically with minimal or no oversight by the supervisor or owner. The best way to prevent embezzlement is to first, be honest yourself in your activities.
Here are 7 actions to take:
  • Assign designated duties.
  • The owner should review reports.
  • Review your bank statement.
  • Know where your money is going.
  • Establish office policies.
  • Watch your overhead numbers.
  • Be a fair, consistent, honest leader.

DairyCast 0426 - How Can Your Experience Impact Others?

DairyCast 0426 Show Notes:
  • We sometimes touch on topics or speakers outside of agriculture, especially when it helps us see the forest (more than just the trees).   Today, Robert Joss, Professor of Finance, Dean Emeritus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, shares his Top 10 Life Lessons with a group about to graduate.  These thoughts are applicable regardless of your position on the journey.  Feel free the share the link.
  • Link to full video with Robert J. Joss.

What do consumers really think about farming?

consumer, farmer, and rancher survey

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance released a consumer, farmer, and rancher survey that says 42% of consumers believe US is heading in wrong direction. Additionally, it states 93% of farmers believe consumer perception of modern farming is somewhat or not accurate. This sets up a disconnect in the US on food production practices and consumer preferences.

Consumers think about food production constantly, yet know very little about how food is brought to the dinner table. Consumers are firmly divided on the direction of modern agriculture.

What is the future of Latinos in agriculture?

Latinos and diamonds Orlando Gil, TCTS Global, shares his thoughts on the future of Latinos in agriculture.
The old story “Acres of Diamonds” told by Russell Conwell in the early 20th century, may ring true today when one considers the growth of the Latino population and our present and future needs for talent in Agriculture.
What does this have to do with Latinos and the present and future needs for talent in Agriculture? Do Latinos represent “acres of diamonds” when it comes to future leadership in Agriculture?

How To Open the Barn Doors, Connect With Community

focused on the community

Commitment to connecting to the community is a key mission for this feed company. Tim Belstra, President, Belstra Milling Co., Inc., shares who they are, what they do, and why they do it.

"It should always be the challenge of food producers and food consumers to understand what it takes to provide 2 to 3 meals per day, to the world" Tim states

From the 2011 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, May 5-6, Arlington, VA, USA.

DairyCast 0419 - Get The Right People On Your Management Team No Matter How Much It Costs!

DairyCast 0419 Show Notes:

Marcine Moldenhauer - Importance of Traceability in Protecting USA Export Trade


Importance of Traceability in Protecting USA Export Trade - Marcine Moldenhauer, Meat Link, LLC, from the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

Are the right people at the Table?

Food Plate Tectonics: Thriving on the fault line Matt Sutton-Vermeulen, Unison Resource Company, states that everyone needs to be around the table when discussing "economically viable, environmental sustainable, and social responsible food"
So who's sitting around the table?
From the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.
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