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MANAGEMENT

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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It’s safe to say most ranchers didn’t get into the cattle business because they are passionate about crunching numbers. Rather, one would wager it had more to do with raising livestock and being stewards of the land.

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The United Nations estimates that world population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050. This growth will drive up food demand by a projected 59% to 98% according to a Harvard Business Review article. “This will shape agricultural markets in ways we have not seen before. Farmers worldwide will need to increase crop production, either by increasing the amount of agricultural land to grow crops or by enhancing productivity on existing agricultural lands through fertilizer and irrigation and adopting new methods like precision farming.”

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As December rolls in and the end of 2017 nears, now is a good time for reflection. Naturally, we are excited to start looking ahead and setting those New Year’s resolutions, wishing to put the last year behind us and rather focus on the excitement of planning for the future.

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Cattle producers are faced with challenges and worries that come almost on a daily basis. Before a calf is born, one hopes the cow is in good health and doesn’t abort the calf. When a calf is due, additional worries arise: Will the cow be able to have the calf on her own? Will the calf be alive and in good health?

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Recently, I had the opportunity to hear an amazing personal story of resilience and patience. Pete Ripmaster, ultramarathon runner and five-time Iditarod Invitational Trail participant, truly is a testament to enduring the impossible.

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We all agree leadership is important. What, however, do leaders do? In this article, I address this question. My focus is on leaders like you and me.

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