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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.


If you are considering selling a farm or ranch, there are important tax and financial planning issues of which you need to be aware.

Engaging in planning prior to a sale is critical for identifying these issues and for implementing strategies to effectively address them.

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According to the 2007 census of agriculture, there was a 30 percent increase in the number of farms principally operated by women since 2002. Women now manage 14 percent of the nation’s 2.2 million farms.

The complex task of balancing work and family makes concerns of farm and ranch women unique.

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It’s that time of year as we move into the holiday season that we reflect back on the year and are thankful for the many things we have in life, whether it be our health, our family, our friends or our job.

You and I may have different lists of items of things to be thankful for, depending on our circumstances.

For example, in agriculture we may be thankful for rains, a successful crop or strong cattle markets; in agribusinesses, it may be a profitable year in sales.

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Animal traceability requirements have become commonplace for beef producers, but new rules and regulations can make it hard for producers to know what the current requirements are and how to comply with the law.

Animal traceability is important to many entities, especially on the global market. According to a USDA – APHIS factsheet published in December 2012, “Animal-disease traceability, or knowing where diseased and at-risk animals are, where they’ve been and when, is very important to ensuring a rapid response when animal disease events take place.

Animal-disease traceability does not prevent disease, yet an efficient and accurate traceability system helps reduce the number of animals involved in a disease investigation and reduces the time needed to respond.

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In the last week, I have had three discussions about the future of professional development for farm owners and leaders.

In each discussion, I have suggested that a part of their professional development in supervision, strategy and leadership should be outside of agriculture. Why would I make that suggestion?

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There are very few items more valuable to a rancher than his horse. A constant companion, the ranch horse is utilized nearly every day and in a variety of situations on the ranch.

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