Management Blueprint For Family Farming (November 1998)
How do you keep the peace, have family love and harmony and run a demanding business
with family members? How do you keep business and family relationships straight? Do
business conflicts ruin family togetherness? Can family togetherness interfere in
resolving important problems in farm and ranch management? Here are six essential elements
for running a successful multi-family or multi-generation family farm or ranch.
1. Selection of compatible partners. Not all children ...
Why Is Divorce Hard On Children? (July 1998)
Should parents stay together in an unhappy, conflict-ridden marriage for the sake of
the children? Conflict is the issue - not divorce - whether it is in intact families
or following divorce. Children from high conflict families have more adjustment problems
than children from divorced families or low conflict, non-divorced families.
Divorce improves the adjustment of children removed from contentious marriages. In
unhappy marriages if conflict is not obvious to the child ...
Farmers Need To Be Managers Of People (February 1998)
Non-family employees in family farming come at a premium. There are so many ways to
earn a living in today's economy that finding employees for farm work is difficult.
Finding, training and retaining key non-family farm workers and managers may be a key to
preserving one's sanity as the demands of farming increases.
The second step in farm management is often changing from an all out gung ho producer
to a manager of people. Farmers who have difficulty supervising and managing em ...
Giving The Gift Of Encouragement (December 1998)
The task is formidable. How well you perform will make a difference. You've prepared in
the best way you know how. There is one more thing that will help you take heart.
Encouragement! Someone that cares. Someone that wishes you well.
Encouragement is a precious gift. We get energy from simple, well-timed words of
inspiration and confidence. We receive fresh courage from expressions of support and
One of the tasks of parenthood is to offer encouragement to dev ...
Film Shows Struggle Of Farm Families (September 1998)
This is not a good year for farmers. There is a glut of grain and protein on the
market. Prices are bad. The bottom has fallen out. Many farm couples are puzzling over the
decision to stay in farming. Many are trying to figure out how to get out and keep their
shirt on their back. Trying times create divisions between husband and wife about their
goals - whether to keep fighting or be flexible enough to start over with a new life and
Public television is presenti ...
Emotional Abandonment Takes Toll On Marriage (December 2008)
This article describes how emotional distance during a time when a marital partner is experiencing a major threat or loss drives a wedge between a couple. It isn't easily resolved unless there is a full understanding and apology for the offending behavior.
The Internet Will Get You If You Don't Watch Out! (October 1998)
Approximately 40 percent of all America households own a personal computer. One third
of those have access to the Internet. The Internet changes the way we live and interact
with others, just as the telephone and television did.
The way we do business, the way scientific information is spread, and the pace of
technological advances have all been accelerated and changed by the Internet. The creation
and dissemination of knowledge is staggering.
How does this affect the ...
Readers Respond To Isolated Montana Farm Woman's Letter (May 1998)
I received several responses to the letter written by the Montana farm woman who
described her feelings of frustration at not having challenging work in her life. She also
felt shut out of the family farming operation. I am including some of the advice in this
column. I will have another column with more responses.
From Oregon. "We decided that I would quit work. It was a very hard decision
as I had worked all my adult life except for brief passages of time. Who an ...
Wanted: Rural Leaders Now (March 1998)
Rural organizations need help! Our existing leaders have been serving for a long time. We need new blood to give relief and re-energize our community efforts. More people need to join those who have already gone the second and third mile. We know you are in high demand in a community where needs are great and help is limited.
Positions available: Dynamic leaders who work for positive change while at the same time preserving the delicate balance of peaceful and harmonious relationships in the ...