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December 2015

Considerations for Beef Producers as We Move Into the New Year

In early December I had the opportunity to attend a workshop for beef producers in Harrisonburg.  This workshop, which was hosted by the local Extension office, focused on two main topics:  Challenges and Opportunities in Today’s Cattle Market and What is Changing in Antibiotic Use.  The information presented at this workshop was timely, and worth hearing, so I would like to share some of the highlights with you.
 
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Why Series - My Decision to be an Organic Farmer, Perk Farm Organic Dairy

We continue our "Why" series to bring you perspectives from different agricultural producers with the Perkins family from West Virginia.  Rem Perkins shares some history of his family farm, Perk Farm, and why he and his wife decided to shift their dairy from conventional production to organic. 
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Dairy Business Planning Workshop Series Kicks off with a Business Planning 101 Workshop

A group of more than 40 dairy producers from several counties in Virginia gathered the first week of December to listen to presentations by an Extension Associate and Associate Professor from Pennsylvania on business planning for their dairy farms.
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A Plan to Succeed

It’s amazing what “National Months” you can find when you go looking.  From silly to strange and everything in between, if someone could think of it, chances are there is probably a month, or at least a day for it.  Random designations aside, December has been dubbed National Write a Business Plan Month, which actually makes good sense.  Whether you are planning on starting a business, expanding an existing business, or are simply maintaining a current business, a business plan can play a key role in your success.
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