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Take a Lesson from Jeb Bush

In a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal Jeb Bush, governor of Florida, discussed his state’s efforts to reform education and how difficult the process really has been. He stated, “The reality of reform is vastly different from the theory, and change is a lot harder than it looks. But there are a few rules for real reform that makes it possible.” I realized many of the same rules apply to making certain we have our dairy operations “reformed,” especially after prosperous years like 2007 and 2008.


Achieving Success on Your Dairy Farm Loan

Do you feel like your lender is being tough on you? Welcome to the new world of dairy finance. I have seen some of the most extreme lender responses over this year, some that even supersede decisions made in the 20-month downturn of 2002 to 2003. Perhaps, these same lenders haven’t forgotten the implications of the last downturn. Maybe this downturn hit some people more quickly than the last one. However, I have observed two distinct and sometimes extreme reactions from lenders during the past year.


Control Your Production Costs

One of my favorite business quotes is Jack Welch’s: “Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it were.” I recently read an article in Inc. magazine written by Adam Hanft that was entitled, “The Risk of Doing Nothing.”


A Reality Check

It’s time for a reality check. Maybe I’ve missed something. I’ve been in the dairy industry for almost 40 years. I got my first job in

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