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Apps for Travel

(originally published in Dairy Today Magazine 2014) As fall harvest winds down and we prepare our dairies for winter, our thoughts often turn to vacation. In days of old, vacation planning meant a trip to the local travel agent. Now, the Internet provides many useful tools to get the job done. What follows is a…

Shopping with apps saves time and money

Save Gas, Shop with Apps

The other day I picked my son up from first grade and took him on a mission to find a torque wrench with a 1/4″ drive. First we drove to Lowes, they didn’t have one. Then we drove to The Home Depot, nothing. Got back in the truck and drove to several more stores, no…

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Mobile Margin Management

Hedging, risk management, margin management, whatever you call it, it’s a pain in the butt. But like it or not, volatility in the milk and feed markets pretty much requires us to find some way to protect our bottom line. There are many tools available on the Internet and mobile phones to help you with…

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Say more than cheese

One of the most interesting aspects of mobile technology is its ability to bust age-old adages like, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” In 1911, this seemed like a good way to describe the concept of absorbing a lot of information quickly. But these days, pictures can be worth more than gold and the…

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Youtube University

Henry Ford once said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” In Ford’s day the idea of lifelong learning largely revolved around libraries and night classes. In our time we have many options for giving our aging brains a workout. Even on the farm and…

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Take the email bull by the horns

Action expresses priorities – Gandhi This quote is taped to my truck’s visor as a reminder to stay focused on the important tasks of the day. However, this attitude about priorities falls apart when it comes to email. There are a lot of important things happening in email but it can command much more time…

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Taking social mobile

There has been a lot of talk over the past few years about the need for dairy farmers to engage with consumers through social media. Social media is about having conversations but it’s also about telling stories, your story, the story of how you care for animals and manage natural resources. Your story is the…