Faced with shortages of skilled labor and high equipment costs, some farmers are working out innovative sharing arrangements to help them reduce production costs. Farm Machinery and Labor Sharing Manual, published by Midwest Plan Service, contains case studies explaining various types of successful sharing arrangements. There also is advice to help you think through the operational and organizational issues, plus sample sharing agreements, worksheets for allocating costs and tips to help you identify potential problems.
The 88-page manual costs $25, plus shipping and handling. You can order a copy at www.mwps.org.
Midwest Plan Service is a coalition of 12 land-grant universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, devoted to producing practical educational materials about new issues, concepts and technologies.