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There once was a time when you could, and did, rely on another person’s word when conducting business. Unfortunately, “the gentlemen’s agreement” is now a relic of the past. The time of doing business this way is over.

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It may seem like a trivial matter, but to the IRS, commingling of funds suggests your ranch or farm is a hobby rather than a business. What exactly is “commingling?” The usual situation is depositing checks made payable to your business into your personal bank account, or using your business account for personal expenditures.

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In less than 40 years, there will be 9.3 billion people on this earth. And, obviously, those people need to be fed. But 2050 will also mean less land, less water and likely a continued unstable world economy.

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When technology is mentioned for computers, medicine or media, it is roundly applauded by society. But when a breakthrough is made in livestock production, technology is unfairly labeled a factory-farming ploy that’s harmful to the consumer, said Gary Sides, a beef cattle nutritionist for Pfizer Animal Health.

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Year-in and year-out, fescue foot occurs in late November and early December somewhere in southwest Missouri. That was the case again in 2010 according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri.

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Winter can pose a number of specific challenges to producers who raise cattle, but proper management can help lessen the impact of cold weather.

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