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The 8 Lessons Entrepreneurs Could Learn From Farmers

The 8 Lessons Entrepreneurs Could Learn From Farmers

There’s a saying in farm country: “Don’t ever bet against farmers.” Farmers must grow their businesses while constantly battling declining profit margins, industry incumbents with vastly more market power and the daily roller coaster of commodity prices and weather. In many ways, farmers are the ultimate entrepreneurs, constantly innovating, growing businesses by themselves and taking full […]

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Lancaster County went for the president, but Republican farmers remain apprehensive

Lancaster County went for the president, but Republican farmers remain apprehensive

For decades, Lancaster County has been reliably conservative and Republican. It maintained that streak last fall, giving President Trump more votes in November than GOP candidates Mitt Romney or John McCain during their runs. But that doesn’t mean there is consensus on what the president should be doing – or if he’s accomplishing it. Last month, […]

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Government Confirms A Surge In Foreign Guest Workers On U.S. Farms

Government Confirms A Surge In Foreign Guest Workers On U.S. Farms

The numbers are out — and they confirm what we’ve been hearing from farmers and immigration lawyers. More and more farmers are turning to foreign “guest workers” to plant and harvest the country’s crops. Farmers have to get permission from the U.S. Department of Labor to bring in foreign workers using a category of visa […]

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Got Milk? Too Much of It, Say U.S. Dairy Farmers

Got Milk? Too Much of It, Say U.S. Dairy Farmers

U.S. dairy farmers’ big bet on global demand for milk is souring. The industry was in trouble long before a trade squabble with Canada last month that reduced demand for ultrafiltered milk, a cheese ingredient. Dairy farmers fear a spat that has jeopardized roughly $150 million in sales for Wisconsin, New York and Minnesota producers […]

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Waterbeds, Country Music and Backscratchers: How Cows Get Coddled

Waterbeds, Country Music and Backscratchers: How Cows Get Coddled

Scott Beyer and his farmhands spend mornings scraping manure off the milking-parlor floor. In the nearby climate-controlled barn, cows are sleeping on water beds and munching on nutritionist-crafted meals while high-tech tags on their legs help monitor their health. “We try to make them live the high life,” said Mr. Beyer, manager of Kelsay Farms […]

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Farmers Scramble to Adapt to Volatile Weather

Farmers Scramble to Adapt to Volatile Weather

U.S. farmers are putting aside politics and arming themselves for volatile weather that they expect will be the new normal. Intense heat waves, droughts and floods have led to erratic yields in California, Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and other agricultural states. Expecting that trend to continue, farmers big and small are investing in […]

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Why Big Data Hasn’t Yet Made a Dent on Farms

Why Big Data Hasn’t Yet Made a Dent on Farms

For farmers—and the tech companies that want them as customers—data has been a disappointment. A few years ago, the agricultural world was full of promises about how the widespread use of data was going to change farming. Companies sprang up that offered to collect huge amounts of information about everything from weather patterns to the soil […]

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Sneakers Made from Corn? Seat Cushions From Soybeans? Crop gluts have farmers searching for new uses for their output

Sneakers Made from Corn? Seat Cushions From Soybeans? Crop gluts have farmers searching for new uses for their output

Facing overstuffed silos and forecasts for another huge harvest this year, U.S. farmers are trying to find new uses for their corn and soybeans. Robust demand for processed foods, animal feed and biofuels isn’t keeping up with a record glut of crops in the U.S. and around the world, after several years of bumper harvests […]

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