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Lies, Scams, Disagreements, Misunderstandings – The Need for Written Agreements and/or Contracts

By   /  January 21, 2019  /  Leasing Pasture, Marketing, Money Matters  /  No Comments

We all prefer trusting and being trustworthy, but sometimes things just don’t work out without a contract of some sort to clarify expectations. Here are some examples of problems that could have been prevented by having more than a handshake.

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Ranching in the Future – What Should Young Ranchers Expect?

By   /  January 7, 2019  /  Money Matters  /  3 Comments

I recently received a note from a young friend (let’s call her Peggy Sue) who desperately wants to be a rancher. Since her childhood she has dreamed of working with animals. She has learned about marketing and economics. She’s studied hard and become a competent grazier. She’s done some hard work. But she’s getting a […]

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Building a Beef Business – Lessons Learned

By   /  December 24, 2018  /  Money Matters  /  1 Comment

Meg Grzeskiewicz has always wanted to be a rancher. But getting there without a family farm to start from means she’s facing challenges that many new farmers and ranchers face: how to develop the skills and how to find a land base to work from. She’s taken these challenges head on, starting first with getting […]

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Diverse Family Farms Are Important To Us All

By   /  December 10, 2018  /  Money Matters  /  No Comments

This article comes to us from Bob Hoppe of the USDA Economic Research Service. It was originally published to announce the findings of the 2016 edition of the report on America’s Diverse Family Farms. The data he provides are still relevant. I’ve updated it with the most recent report link. Family farms remain an essential […]

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Are Your Cow-Calf Share and Cash Lease Agreements Up to Snuff?

By   /  November 26, 2018  /  Money Matters  /  Comments Off on Are Your Cow-Calf Share and Cash Lease Agreements Up to Snuff?

  The fall of the year is often a convenient time for those involved in cow-calf share and cash leases of spring calving cows to revisit the terms of the agreement.  Market values of cattle, interest rates, pasture rental rates and feed costs can change significantly from year to year.  Discussing how the share or […]

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