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Manage dairy employees, establish farm protocols, take on milk marketing, and become more confident in your farm financials.


I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Colombia where, from an early age, I was embracing the lifestyle of and nurturing a passion for milking cows.

My family and I organized our lives and schedules around the needs of the herd.

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on developing middle managers. Click here to read the second part of this seires. Click here to read the third part of this series.

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It is true that persistently dry conditions in North America are taking their toll on the agriculture industry. Many climatologists agree that we are experiencing the worst drought in more than 50 years.

As a result, forecasted yields for corn, wheat and soybeans have been revised down significantly. And that is pushing commodity prices up.

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Are you stressed by the thought that your cows are treating you better than the people on your dairy?

What would it look like if you could find a tool to help you understand yourself better and make your farm team more harmonious?

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Do you remember the “tree interview” that Barbara Walters did with Katharine Hepburn back in the early ’80s?

She asked her, “If you were a tree, what kind of a tree would you be?” In all fairness to Walters, her question was a follow-up to Hepburn’s comment that she was “like a tree.”

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“I am the owner! Why do I feel so powerless?”

“Why don’t my employees do what I tell them?”

“I wish I had more influence with my partners.”

“Employees frustrate me.”

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