A Case for Transition Planning

When the latest USDA Ag Census was released earlier this year, it provided a case for the importance of transition planning. More than 33 percent of all farm owners in Pennsylvania are above the age of 65 years old, while only 13 percent are under the age of 35 years old. In other words, it’s…

Staying Safe During the Spring Rush

The spring planting season is quickly approaching. Are you ready? When most people think of getting ready for the spring planting season, they think of doing maintenance to equipment, ordering seed and fertilizer, and making sure you have all the supplies you need. Did you ever consider reviewing your farm safety protocols to make sure…

Leaning Into Who You Are

Editor’s Note: This column is written by Jayne Sebright, executive director for the Center for Dairy Excellence. It was originally published in Progressive Dairy. Have you ever considered what your core values are? Or better yet, have you thought about what the core values are for your farm or business? Someone once said that core…

Dairy and Nutrition

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? The month-long celebration was first established more than 50 years ago by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to remind everyone about how important informed food choices and healthy eating habits are to our overall health. This year’s theme is “Beyond the Table,” which is intended…

Finding Calm in the Chaos

Editor’s Note: This column is written by Jayne Sebright, executive director for the Center for Dairy Excellence. It was originally published in Progressive Dairy. The winter months to me are some of the most peaceful on our small dairy farm in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Because of our milking schedule, I often go to the barn when…

Take What You Need

One of my favorite things to do while I am working out on the farm is listen to podcasts. I do listen to some dairy-focused podcasts, but many that I listen to have nothing to do with dairy. One of my favorites ends each episode with the phrase, “Take What You Need and Leave the…

On Reflection and Planning

I love listening to Christmas music during the holiday season because it always reminds me of home. I remember when I was little, starting as early as Thanksgiving weekend, my mom would have Christmas music playing in her kitchen while she baked some of the best Christmas cookies you can imagine. Somehow listening to those…

Giving Thanks

It is hard to believe that 2023 is nearing an end. As we look back on this year, there have been lots of challenges our farm families have had to work through – low milk prices, very challenging weather patterns, catastrophic events, and even in some cases, health issues and loss of family members. Sometimes,…

On Getting 1 Percent Better

Recently I had the opportunity to hear James Clear speak about what it means to get one percent better every day. He wrote about this idea in his book, Atomic Habits. Basically, the concept is to identify an area where you want to improve in your life and make an active choice to focus on…

Making the Most of the Employee Life Cycle

An employee who has been with our team for nearly five years just turned in his resignation. He was the kind of employee that anyone would want. He does an excellent job in his role, works well with the rest of the team, and doesn’t take a lot of oversight. He’s going to be hard…