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Read how to improve your supervision of employees, financial matters, identification and record keeping. Learn more about land use issues that affect your operation.

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While some producers struggle to stay afloat in what seems to be an unprofitable business, there are plenty of ranches defying the odds.

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Agriculture is a leading industry in Texas, with the recreational land industry—rec land—following close behind. It’s a fact that new AgAmerica Correspondent Lender, Jordan Shipley, knows very well. As a native Texan, Jordan grew up immersed in two of Texas’s favorite pastimes: outdoor recreation like hunting and fishing, and football. In college he played for the Texas Longhorns, and he was later drafted in the NFL.  After playing for the Bengals, Buccaneers and Jaguars, he turned to his love of hunting and fishing as a host of “The Bucks of Tecomate,” a hunting show on the Outdoor Channel. Below he discusses his time with the NFL, rec land and agriculture, and his new role as a Texas land lender for AgAmerica.

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As with many questions, the answer is: “It depends.” We start our investigation to understand what it depends on by looking at two hypothetical but realistic employees.

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In the cattle industry, we’re not short of opinions. However, there is just some advice we shouldn’t take. With science, research and economics as evidence, heed caution before embracing the five myths below.

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Prescribed burning (also called controlled burning) is a popular grassland management tool across the country. These burns, when conducted carefully, can serve to maintain and restore native grasslands, control weeds, improve forage quality and even prevent wildfires.

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Supplementation of stocker cattle grazing bermudagrass, an inherently moderate- to low-nutritive value forage, has often been used by managers to increase animal performance.

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