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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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For beginning stocker operator Joe Eisele, living in downstate New York was a potential problem if he ever wanted to expand his operation into a full-time business.

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The American Bankers Association has created a list of things to research when looking to buy land. They suggest knowing as much as you can so you know what you are getting into.

1. How much land are you acquiring? Sounds simple, but many times there is confusion about how much land is actually being purchased. Know exactly what you’re getting before making a bid.

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It has been estimated that we must double food production by the year 2050 due to population growth worldwide. There is also increased demand for animal proteins in diets of people worldwide. This demand must be met even though there is limited availability of arable land.

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For cattle producers in the western U.S., the ability to use public lands as a grazing tool remains extremely important. Holding a grazing permit from either the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or the United States Forest Service (USFS) creates a common thread connecting most Western producers.

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The old saying is “hope for the best, but plan for the worst.” When it comes to forage considerations for cow-calf producers, I believe there is a need to plan for the worst and plan for the best.

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Some years are worse than others for grasshopper populations. Problems occur when environmental conditions lead to higher-than-normal numbers and “grasshopper outbreaks,” which cause millions of dollars’ worth of damage to crops and rangelands.

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