Fair Oaks Robotic Milking

I’ve visited Fair Oaks several times, and as an Ag attorney, I closely follow the innovations and advancements that come out of that business.

Fair Oaks is also a leader in the ag education space.  They strive to make agriculture production – particularly production on a large scale – accessible and understandable by everyone.  If you have a chance to visit (about an hour south of Chicago), I highly recommend the experience.

While Fair Oaks currently uses an automated milking system, it is not “robotic.” This article discusses a new application of robotics for milking.

Note the photos of the cows’ living area – clean, well-lit, open stalls.  This is consistent with the mission of the owners to be transparent to show how the animals are treated, and that all animals are treated well and humanely.  Happy cows produce more milk.

Ag Web:  Robotic Milking Experience to Open at Fair Oaks Farm

The Most Expensive Watch in the World

This is for you, FutureLawyer – The ultimate watch for the discerning analog aficionado.

Even for a person who has not worn a watch for more than 25 years (long story), this is a fascinating piece of art and clockwork.

 

Tax Code Roadmap

Thanks to Kelly Phillips Erb @ TaxGirl for this one.  She has an article in Forbes on the story behind the Roadmap:  Taxpayer Advocate:  You Literally Need a Roadmap to Navigate Our Tax System (So They Made One).

Note that this is not a roadmap to how to prepare your taxes (except for the upper left corner, where it lists various methods for having a return prepared)  – It’s a roadmap that follows your tax return through the process once it gets to the IRS.

 

Download a PDF of the map:

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Check out an overview video from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service:

If you don’t follow Kelly, you should – she has terrific tax tips and a sometimes hilareous twitter feed.

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