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When a dairy farm’s objective is to maximize milk production in the bulk tank, the calculation is simple: multiply average production by the number of cows in milk. With robotic milking systems, however, the robots operate continuously.

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There is a well-known disconnect between city dwellers and farmers in our modern age. Many, if not most people no longer have roots in a farming community and therefore have little or no knowledge of modern farming practices.

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Think back to your first job: Were you scared to ask questions because you didn’t want your boss to think you were not able to do your job properly? Did you feel like you would rather “just figure it out” than risk looking like you didn’t know what you were doing?

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A heat wave is looming. Drought on the prairies is keeping people awake at night. Farmers are trying to cope with their brains on overload.

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The statistics are heartbreaking. Only 30% of family businesses survive the transition from first- to second-generation ownership. Only 12% make it to the third generation, and only 4% make it to the fourth. So how does a family business ensure its legacy is carried into future generations?

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About 12 years ago, a guy named Jack called me up and, although no one in his family knew it, he had terminal cancer. Succession planning had suddenly become a priority, and he didn’t know what to do.

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