• John Vogel

    Step Backwards Into Dairy Profitablity?

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     by John Vogel
     on September 15, 2009

    Not every change termed as progressive is beneficial. While that certainly applies to politics, it also fits farming – particularly dairy farming.   Dairy farmers are getting all kinds of advice today how to make their cows work harder to help them blacken the cash flow bottom line. But as I started looking at Northeast dairy farm financials several months ago, the lack of profitability didn’t appear to be just a milk price problem.   You’re right. I have no claim to being a dairy expert…

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    Now Is Never A Good Time, But . . .

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     by John Vogel
     on September 8, 2009

    This weekend, my neighbor and I were commiserating over the seemingly slow economic recovery. John’s acute business savvy and race-track mentality contrasts with my “why lose money betting” mentality – and serves him well.   We poked at each other over why some flourish even in a recessinary economy while others fail. We agreed that success has much to do with attitude and much less to do with luck. (Luck is made by attitude.)   His main point: “Now is not a good time” is a popular clich…

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    Northeast Crop Prospects Improve

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     by John Vogel
     on September 4, 2009

    In September’s American Ag, we reported that much of the Northeast badly needed at least a couple weeks of warm, sunny weather. And the last couple weeks of warm sunny weather have been a God-send to just about all farmers, not just those “reving” their silage chopper engines. That’s the bottom line of roadside conversations I’ve had with farmers while road-running for the magazine.   Farmers in Vermont and Massachusetts tell us that their crop progress for corn and vegetables are still…

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