Allison Gilligan

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What the American Farm Can Teach Business Leaders About 'Sowing' Success

When you're on a farm, do as the farmers do. When you're running a business, do what farmers do, too.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Images and activities revolving around the American family farm are a staple of the autumn season: happy families going apple …

Entrepreneurship

Gardening 101: Broccoli

Broccoli, <i>Brassica oleracea</i>: “The Original Superfood”<p>Fraternity boys the world over proclaim: “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be …

To feed a growing world, consider what farming isn’t

<i>Franco Vaccarino is president and vice-chancellor of the University of Guelph, which was awarded $77-million this fall from the federal government for the Food From Thought project, intended to find sustainable ways to feed a growing world population.</i><p>Nine billion: That's roughly how many people are …

Why the Japanese maple is a must-have for any foliage-loving gardener

The Japanese maple has no flowers to speak of. It is not a reservoir of life for native pollinators. It is somewhat expensive to buy and is slow to grow. Every garden should have one.<p>Few other trees or shrubs create such an aura of grace and serenity in the landscape, especially when placed with …

25 lessons on leadership your business can’t live without

I’m grateful each and everyday that I’ve been fortunate enough to be in a leadership position without jeopardizing my integrity. But, it hasn’t been …

Leadership

How to Keep Tomatoes from Splitting

<b>When tomato plants get too much water too fast. The interior grows quickly as it absorbs the extra water from rain or disproportionate watering, The</b> …

Here’s a Handy Guide to Writing Your First Business Plan

<i>Taking Care of Business</i><i>: A week devoted to taking our professional lives up a notch.</i><p>So you have an idea. Biodegradable hair ties! A bar slash …

Quora Question: What We Aren't Saying About Sustainable Food

<i>Quora Questions are part of a partnership between</i> Newsweek <i>and Quora, through which we'll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora</i> …

OLBlog

The main serial killer of startups and SMEs is a bad execution. A business without a plan is like a ship without navigation systems. Eventually, it …

Plant These Plants Once & Harvest The Rewards For Years...

Year after year we start seeds, till the ground, plant, weed, harvest, then tear it all out at the end of the season. It’s a lot of work, no doubt. …

Caring for 'Underground Livestock' Key to Colorado Farmer's Success

He’s 28-years-old, doesn’t own a single acre of land and farms using principles that are virtually unheard of in northeastern Colorado.<p>So why are …

Farming

5 things you should say to your boss today

I've interviewed a lot of CEOs over the years, and the majority of them tell me they like to hear often from the people who work for them.<p>This helps them understand and respect their employees more.<p>In short, it's a good thing that you have the courage to speak up, and it can get your boss's …

CEOs

The Smartest Decision Makers Know How to Do This

Do you question assumptions or simply accept them? Are your own beliefs cast in stone? What about commonly held beliefs? Do you accept them at face …

21 traits of billionaires that you can start developing today

Well, besides the size of their bank accounts, many of them exhibit special traits and personality quirks that have helped them achieve unlimited success — and impressive fortunes.<p>Click through to find out if you have any of these 21 traits that billionaires like Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffett and …

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Choosing Essential Equipment for Your Small Farm Business

With mechanization representing 25 percent of operating costs on a farm, choosing the appropriate agricultural equipment is a key factor for …

Deere Deal for Monsanto’s Precision Planting Opposed by U.S.

Deere & Co. was sued by U.S. antitrust officials seeking to block its purchase of Monsanto Co.’s Precision Planting LLC equipment business, a deal …

The True Cost of American Food

<i>Straus Family Creamery—A Pioneer in Tipping the Scales</i><p>Dairy farmer Albert Straus cares about cow farts so you don’t have to. Seriously. Straus is …

Agriculture

Frugal farmers see bit brighter forecast for income

WASHINGTON — Farm income losses this year should be less than expected, as farmers throughout the Corn Belt slash expenses in response to a prolonged …

Infographics That Will Teach you how to cook your beef well!

There are many reasons why people might scream – they’re angry, scared, or in pain (or maybe they’re in a metal band!). Some might say that screaming …

Mental Disorders

7 Smart Tips for Writing a Proper—and Professional—Thank You Note

Think a post-job interview thank you note has gone the way of calling cards and phone books? Think again. Especially in the digital age, a …

Writing

How to Create an Effective Business Plan

Writing a business plan is the first step to launching a profitable business. The length of your business plan does not determine its effectiveness in guiding you to achieve your business goals. Nope, it doesn't matter if you write a paragraph on a napkin or a doctoral dissertation. What determines …

What are the Key Dispositions of Good Critical Thinkers?

As human beings, we make thousands of decisions every day. Every time we go to the shop to buy bread we must decide whether we would prefer white …

6 Fears That Keep You From Starting Your Own Business

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” -- Henry David Thoreau.<p>Some of my friends love telling me how great their jobs are. They brag about everything they do. Then, in the …

Motivation

Does the vineyard’s dirt really affect the taste of what’s in your glass?

“Let’s go dig a hole!”<p>Ernest “Bubba” Beasley grabbed an auger and led the way along the vine rows. We were at Pollak Vineyards in Greenwood, Va., west of Charlottesville, on a sweltering summer day last July. Beasley, a geologist, and Lucie Morton, a viticulturist, wanted to show me their research …

Six Small Business Books To Enlighten Even The Savviest Entrepreneurs

One of the most fun things, but also most frustrating, about entrepreneurship is that there is never a shortage of areas to learn about, strengthen and develop. Even when business is going well and you’re loving what you do, you should think about selling. Even if you think you have all of your …

11 Easy Ways to Be More Successful

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

3 Common Mistakes Most Starting Entrepreneurs Make

<b>3 Common Mistakes Most Starting Entrepreneurs Make</b><p>Many people dream of quitting the 9 to 5 grind to go into business for themselves. Entrepreneurship success can mean a life filled with freedom and financial independence; a seemingly impossible goal that many of us share. What keeps most people …