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Are people just lazy these days?

The unemployment rate in this country is officially almost 10%, and is probably double that if you count all the folks that have just flat-out “quit looking”. Yet, I so often hear from small business owners that they simply cannot find anyone willing to work.  It seems that nobody (meaning the younger people) want to work in the service industries – and the excuses – to quote a dear friend, would make a dog laugh! Here are some examples: “I would have to work too hard!” “The jobs don’t pay enough to make it worthwhile” “I would get dirty!” “The job is too hard – you have to lift stuff!” “I’d have to get up too early in the morning!” “I wouldn’t have time to hang out at the pool with my friends! “They (the boss) won’t let me use my cell phone even for texting while I work. I have to put it in my locker or leave it at home!” Good Grief! Have we actually taught our young people that they are too good or too proud to get their hands dirty and earn a day’s wages? I grew up in a small town of about 800 souls along a tourist corridor to the Badlands, Black Hills, Wind Cave, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton park systems, and almost every kid in town over the age of 10 or...

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The New Estate Tax

Dear Michael: Recently, you talked about using grain, grain contracts, livestock as a part of what might be considered ‘non-farm’ assets. However, if something should happen to us, our son would need to use these so that he wouldn’t have to borrow so much money against his operating costs. After all, he helped us put these assets aside… Dear Michael: Recently, you talked about using grain, grain contracts, livestock as a part of what might be considered ‘non-farm’ assets. However, if something should happen to us, our son would need to use these so that he wouldn’t have to borrow so much money against his operating costs. After all, he helped us put these assets aside – how do we tell him we want to use these assets to go to his non-farming siblings? – Grains Held. Dear Grains: Over the last decade, farming has gone through an evolution of sorts – and whether or not it’s temporary or permanent remains to be seen. This will be especially true this year with the late planting season. If the late planting – or no planting – leads to higher values on farm commodities this coming fall and winter, there are plenty of farms with enough set aside commodities to make more money on the grain they’ve held then what they would have done farming. I have clients who make two...

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What Experts And Advisors Need To Know About Farmers

Which occupational group rivals physicians in receiving unsolicited mail? Which occupational group consumes a substantial portion of our nation’s industrial output and is the focus of persuasion from scientists, economists, financiers, legal and tax advisors, policymakers, extension agents and representatives of agribusiness?   If you are a regular reader of this column, you probably guessed it. Farmers and ranchers are the targets of intensive efforts of persuasion and education. But how well do people trying to influence them understand their motivations and needs? What do they need to know about farmers to be successful? Long term view.  Farmers love their profession. Curiosity about life and growth, internal standards of excellence and a continued commitment to improvement offer a creative challenge. Farmers are applied biologists trying to manage the forces of nature and fashion a livelihood for their families. Experience on the land gives them an understanding and appreciation of its productive capacity. Farming is never done. Tomorrow and the children’s tomorrows depend on wise stewardship of natural resources. Farmers are committed to the continuity of their operations and take a long range perspective on innovations. They can’t afford serious mistakes. Farmers gather information from many sources and are conservative in risk-taking. The vagaries of weather, cost of production and market conditions add to their reluctance to expose themselves to high risk situations.   No cushion. Agriculture as a whole...

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County Fairs The Biggest Show On Earth

Download Related File For farmers and ranchers, the county fair is the biggest show on earth – nearly 3000 fairs occupying more than a quarter million acres. Maybe the county fair in your county has shrunk in size, but when combined with others across the country, it’s still quite a show that you guys put on… County Fairs — The Biggest Show On Earth For farmers and ranchers, the county fair is the biggest show on earth – nearly 3000 fairs occupying more than a quarter million acres. Maybe the county fair in your county has shrunk in size, but when combined with others across the country, it’s still quite a show that you guys put on. No other industrialized country even compares, and no industry is even close to being showcased like that of agriculture. So with 4-H being the centerpiece, it embodies the spirit of farming and ranching like none other. Having participated in most of the major livestock shows around the country as either a judge or coach, I can assure you that nothing makes the adrenaline pump like that of competing with your peers at the county level – people that you grew up with and listened to the folklore of the one that would-a, could-a, should-a won. This is unlike that of the professionals, where strangers meet and compete for perhaps the first time....

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It’s No Bull

To be rejected, discovered, and mis-identified all in one day, is more than just any ol’ calf should be expected to tolerate. But, like they say, “don’t look a gift horse (calf) in the mouth…” Unfortunately, the mouth of a neglected calf was that of greatest concern – even more than that of determining sex and other pertinent data of a day old calf. There it laid, no mama, no milk, and no one to even claim it. You see, the cows had all been rounded up and trucked off to their winter home. The summer pasture lay vacant — grazed to the depths of blending with all the beautiful fall colors. There was a cool, brisk evening breeze, and with the gates hanging wide open, what’s to stop the free spirit of a four-wheelin’ ride? This was a ride they had been looking forward to all summer, with nothing to stop them but a fence between them and the cows. It was full throttle when they hit the gate hole down the ravines, up the hills, and flying over that little narrow creek bed. It was so much fun, but suddenly — what could that be that they almost ran over? With a closer look, there was no question about it — it was a new-born calf, just laying there scared and almost motionless. Obviously, it had been...

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