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Recently published work by researchers at Purdue University, Kansas State University, and Michigan State University, seeks to determine consumer values for verification of livestock production process attributes – and – help producers determine how to respond to consumer demands. Today’s consumers are increasingly concerned about the production processes employed in meat and milk production systems. The current market situation is made increasingly difficult for livestock producers as many of the attributes which consumers are concerned about today are attributes of the production process itself, rather than attributes of the product, the latter of which could be tested for. When dealing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2010 at Grains of Knowledge
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Earlier this month, we spent a day at the Ingham County Fair in Michigan with Tracy Ostrander from the David Chapman Agency. Tracy spent the week at the fairgrounds working to building a relationship with the farming and agriculture community in the area. The exhibit showcased Westfield as a farm insurance provider. Tracy and the agency's presence with their booth at the fair drew some attention to the agency, and will hopefully continue to spur some name recognition as an agricultural insurance provider in the area. In conversations with fair growers, there were several individuals who had questions about their... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at Grains of Knowledge
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Last evening, various members of our AgriBusiness Division gathered to discuss hot topics in agriculture via a Twitter discussion group (also known as a "twub") called #AgChat. Not only did the group include underwriters and Division leadership, but we were also joined by a Westfield Agent, Marc Clinard from AVI Risk Management and Insurance Brokers in Farmington, NM. We participated in the discussion with the @WestfieldAg Twitter handle, but also had members of our group participating with their personal user names and even had members of our business unit joining in the discussion from home across various states! Last night's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at Grains of Knowledge
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This past 4th of July weekend, I was blessed to spend some quality time with my grandparents. My Grandpa Schirm was was born in the late 1920's and I'm always fascinated by his stories of growing up on his family's central Ohio grain and dairy farm and this particular weekend was no exception! As we sat on the porch sipping iced tea and watching the yearling heifers who were grazing in the pasture, someone made mention of how tall the corn has grown over the last few weeks as we've had our fair share of heat and rain. As we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2010 at Grains of Knowledge
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Source: Flickr As I made the trek into work this morning, I couldn't help but notice the neatly raked windrows of freshly mown hay as I attempted to see through the raindrops on my windshield. My mind naturally drifted to the fact that although the weather forecast was calling for mostly cloudy skies today, it looks like rain for the weekend - while my family should luck out this time around as we're making second cutting haylage today (which can withstand a higher moisture content), others in our area are likely to be baling and could be setting themselves up... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2010 at Grains of Knowledge
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Jun 11, 2010
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46P2Q5YKP7TJ Earlier this year, I attended a Farm Succession Planning seminar offered by Braintree Business Development Center and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center where I learned some of the foundations regarding estate planning. A basic succession plan should include goals of the owner and other key groups, a plan to meet these goals and details on how they will be implemented and managed. Creating a well thought out plan will help to ensure an orderly transfer of the operating entity to new ownership, manage the impact of estate and other taxes, identify risks of the transfer and develop plans to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2010 at Grains of Knowledge
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Last month, you may have read my post about the Westfield Dairy Farm. Since then, I've had some inquiries as to why Sybil's Gamboge was so valuable. Read on to find the answer! Photo: Sybil's Gamboge, sold from the Wesfield dairy herd for $65,000 in 1919 (inflated value in November 2009 was equivalent to $919,530) Source: Westfield Insurance Archives To get the full background check out my prior post, The Westfield Dairy Farm or keep reading for the abbreviated version. For the quick background: rewind to the year 1919 and imagine yourself in a small farm town that boasts the... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2010 at Grains of Knowledge
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The results are in for the 2010 Westfield Ag Photo Contest, which was held during National Ag Week. As you'll see below, we asked entrants to tell us why they believed in National Ag Week. Although the formal celebration for was held March 14 - 20, please take the insights from our entrants as a reminder of why we should continue to celebrate agriculture every day! The winner of our photo contest is Dan Fulk, Agricultural Education Teacher and FFA Advisor from Northwestern High School in West Salem, Ohio. The photo he submitted is of FFA member, Lisa Zavesky and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2010 at Grains of Knowledge
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Photo Source: Ag Answersvia Flickr - this photo was taken during a grain entrapment seminar during the 2009 Ohio Farm Science Review Are you an Ohio businessowner who works with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation? If you answered yes, check out this event taking place March 30th - April 1st at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, which is geared for learning more about occupational safety and health - Ohio Safety Congress and Expo. While there are numerous demonstrations scheduled during the event, farmers and agribusiness owners should be on site to observe the "Live Grain Rescue Demonstration" which will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2010 at Grains of Knowledge
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Deadline Extended until Wednesday, March 24th! Source: Don & Libby Hayes, Wilmington, OH National Ag Week kicked off early last weeked and ended with National Ag Day on Saturday March 20th. Check out the official Ag Day website and the National Ag Day blog for more information. To celebrate National Ag Week, Westfield Insurance is hosting an online ag photo contest to honor America’s farmers, ranchers and agribusiness owners who work hard every day to produce safe, affordable food! Please review the rules below and submit your original ag-related photos of kids, animals, landscapes, or agri-business owners to grainsofknowledge@westfieldgrp.com. We... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2010 at Grains of Knowledge
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(Photo Source - www.agweb.com) The article below from AgWeb / Beef Today share the pros and cons of building monoslope strucures for beef confinement operations. Keeping in mind the winter of 2010, I'd be inclinded to think that this type of structure would be much less susceptible to collapse than traditional facilities. Futhermore, after reading the positives outlined in the article, I was reminded of the flexibility they offer when utilizing curtains for extreme weather conditions. As a side note, it's always great to hear of situations where farmers, agribusinesses and their neighbors work together like Mr. Haywood and the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2010 at Grains of Knowledge
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This morning, I attended the 162nd Westfield Group Employee Annual Meeting (it's amazing to work for a company that's been here since 1848!). This corporate presentation is one that I look forward to every year as we take time to re-cap the events of the previous year, but also take the time to frame up the initiatives that will take place in the coming months. This year's theme was "Making a Statement" and my major take-aways included: Pride in the fact that the actions of our company are grounded in our strong core values - ethical conduct, financial integrity and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2010 at Grains of Knowledge
Since I work with dairy youth programs, this topic captured my curiosity. However, as a parent who had regularly enforced chores upon our sons, I had not posed such a question to myself when they were growing up. via www.farmanddairy.com Understanding that the vast majority of farming operations are run by families, we know that some farm chores are often taken on by older children and teenagers. As a parent, how do you know if you're matching the correct task with your child's age and skill level? This story from The Farm and Dairy shares some great tools for determining... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2010 at Grains of Knowledge
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The 12th annual Keystone Farm Show was a great success, getting the year off to a good start by showcasing the continued prosperity of Pennsylvania’s production agriculture industry. Farm shows, and the cruddy weather that’s characteristically associated with them, are synonymous in welcoming the New Year in Pennsylvania. Fortunately, the weather held out for this year’s show and provided the outside exhibitors some relief from the usual sloppy precipitation, The brisk winds, however, brought a thoughtful reminder that it’s farm show time again! As always, the show was enjoyable, bringing together faithful farmers, ag enthusiasts and agribusinesses with a genuine... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2010 at Grains of Knowledge
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Jan 26, 2010