Author: Ken Knight

Markets Don’t Find You – YOU Find Markets.

For those that sit around waiting for the market to come to them, they won’t be in business very long. It’s like waiting for the phone to ring when you’ve done nothing to precipitate call. Every time I put a pen in hand to write another column, I know I’ll reach someone that will reciprocate his or her opinion which starts a dialogue that opens unlimited doors of opportunity, which precisely is what you need to do if you expect markets to come to you. They have to know about you, what you have to sell, and when will...

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Moving Forward: Producers will find education and planning will be key for survival and success

Things have been going pretty good, but nothing lasts forever and the bottom is a lot further from the top than it used to be. It would really hurt to fall at these levels, but the next downturn will happen. Did we learn anything from the agricultural bust of the 80’s, or are we turning a blind eye to reality?   Today the numbers are bigger. A 10,000 to 12,000-acre operation can go upside down, 3 million to 4 million quickly. Volatility is greater. Price swings, market factors — it’s all more volatile now. You need to be on...

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The Stable Remains the Timeless Centerpiece of Christmas

Thank God for livestock at the time of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! With the stench of the election still blowing in the wind, Christmas comes as a breath of fresh air. Like that of cleaning the barn and refurbishing it with the amenities of golden flurry straw and freshly mown alfalfa hay — the comparison is heartwarming and reassuring. So much so, that I want to continue to share with you the most popular of all my columns. There has been more response to the Christmas message than any other “story” I’ve told, a...

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When the Spoils of the Hunt Taint the Meat Industry [REPOST]

Having just returned from a two-day hiatus with my good friends Dick & Phyllis Hoffman, l came back invigorated and, once again, inspired to take a “shot” at the venison issue! My wife and l spent two days at their north woods cabin where we saw deer like we had never seen before. Within about a mile radius we saw hundreds of deer. Some were in groups of fifty or more. It was a sight to behold and a thing of beauty, as they grazed in the lush green fields, protected by the sanctuary of the thickly wooded forest,...

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When the Hunt Backfires: Ken Knight delves in deep on the issue food safety

The following is an email from an avid reader that takes exception to my stance on deer hunting: To: [email protected] Subject: Recent article on deer hunting An interesting biased article you wrote about meat contamination in U.S. processing plants. Should all the hunters I know bring their harvested deer to a licensed butcher and retrieve their meat wrapped on plastic trays? This is organic, lean red meat, unlike your one pound chubs most likely contaminated with growth hormones and numerous antibiotics. Good luck. Ed Fellona (35 years deer hunting and still going) I respectfully acknowledge his point of view....

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