Employee retention and motivation

by Michael Wren

As small family farms become larger and more profitable they begin to hire more and more employees to help with the extra work. However, many farmers have never had multiple employees and find it hard to manage and retain them. Whether you employ five people or 500 people, managing them will be crucial to running your business. [Read more…]

Farming fish

Today, 130 species of fish, crustaceans, and mollusks are farmed. Farmed seafood production supplies approximately 55 percent of the world's seafood demand. 

by Tamara Scully

“Intensively selecting aquatic animals from the wild, in an attempt to farm them, as the wild populations we had could not sustain” the demand for seafood, began about 50 years ago, Dr. John Jensen, Professor Emeritus, Schools of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University said. “There are tremendous opportunities to grow fish in the U.S. Until recently, animals from out of the vast ocean satisfied our demand for seafood.” [Read more…]

KILE 2016 – Farm City Day

Pennsylvania’s  Dairy Princess Halee Wasson, who is studying ag education, takes the opportunity to educate kids of all ages and backgrounds.

by Steve Wagner
In the week preceding Farm City Day, at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE), I received an email touting the benefits of technology in agriculture. “Farmers in third world countries can then become managers of their fields instead of working all day in the fields,” it proclaimed. “Right now, 30 percent of all agricultural surfaces are used for cows. [Read more…]

Milk Pickup

Fred and Joyce Williams pose together after 47 years collecting  farmer's milk on their daily route in Central New York. Photo by Troy Bishopp

by Troy Bishopp

ORISKANY FALLS, NY — Pause for a moment today and remember the first time you encountered your soul mate. Was it at a church function, the grocery store, a party, or some other random meeting place? One of the more unique places has to be how Fred and Joyce Williams connected over fresh, frothy cans of milk at the ole, iconic Hinman Farm Products Plant in Deansboro, NY. To say milk brought love may be the next great marketing campaign. [Read more…]