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We all know the best lessons are shared in hindsight. Last year was a wet one for northern Pennsylvania. For 38 days (from May 25 to July 1), it rained every other day.

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In fall and winter, most native forages and tame pastures are low in protein (unless fall rains stimulated new growth).

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Multispecies grazing could be a great strategy to improve pasture quality and increase economic returns.

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An important issue at the forefront of agriculture is succession planning. Agriculture and the beef cattle industry take great pride that the highest percentage of farms and ranches are family-owned.

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When hiring a family member to return to the family farm after high school or college, we need to be very clear about our expectations, our justification for bringing them on as a full-time employee and the criteria for consideration.

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For producers who grow up on a family operation with the expectation of taking the reins one day, day-to-day ranch life may seem solidly based on common sense and logic – and includes an innate skill set that comes as natural as riding a bike.

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