Communication skills to deal with farm or ranch stress

Most families find communication to be interesting and difficult according to Roger Williams, Consultant/Mediator and University of Wisconsin –Madison/Extension Emeritus Professor. Each of us is a unique individual with his or her own beliefs, feelings, needs and agendas. It’s not always easy to be heard or to get our unique needs and agendas met within […]

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Stress and depression in farm or ranch families

The current drought and ongoing financial stress is not confined to the ranch or farm. As with many family run businesses, stress from the business gradually spills over into the home and affects the entire family. “In times like this, it is important for friends, members of extended families, neighbors and others to be aware […]

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Staying upbeat in times of drought: farming and ranching in a depressed environment without getting depressed

Extreme climatic changes including a persistent and pervasive drought have added to multiple stressors that are challenging many ranchers and farmers across our nation according to Roger Williams, Consultant/Mediator and University of Wisconsin –Madison/Extension Emeritus Professor. Gross income has been down and expenses have escalated. Many have struggled “to stay up in a down economy” […]

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Multi-family, farm or ranch families can foster resiliency during tough times

Increasingly, farm and ranch families are forming intergenerational operations (parents and adult children) or multi-family (brothers/sisters or unrelated adults) farming operations according to Roger Williams, Consultant/Mediator and University of Wisconsin –Madison/Extension Emeritus Professor. These multi-family operations—whether they are partnerships, corporations or LLCs—can be seen as ways of gaining strength, flexibility and support for the arduous […]

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Family Meetings a communication tool for multi-family farm or ranch operations

Real resiliency-the ability to change, adapt and move forward during tough financial times-requires communication on a regular basis…once a month, once every two weeks or once a week according to Roger Williams, Consultant/Mediator and University of Wisconsin –Madison/Extension Emeritus Professor. You might even choose to have a brief 2-5 minute check-in on a daily basis! In […]

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Moldy Corn and Crop Insurance

Corn harvest is beginning throughout Wisconsin and should proceed quickly with the projected dry weather. Some growers will find themselves with decent yields and good test weights, and so they may feel no need to contact their crop insurance agent. However, due to the moisture and heat stress with the drought of 2012, Wisconsin farmers […]

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Price Risk Management in Drought-Induced Price Volatility

There are many excellent commodity price experts in UW-Extension and in other organizations and states that are very good at understanding and explaining the fundamentals of current prices, what the variables are that can impact future price movement, and even the direction of movement that those variables suggest. But, it is a volatile world with […]

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