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Manage employees, analyze yield drivers, explore forage markets, become more confident in preparing farm financial statements, and untangle farm succession issues.

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Many people envision their farm becoming a chemical-free or reduced chemical no-till system but can’t quite figure out what that looks like, including weed suppression, controlling the previous crop and getting all the inputs in the field.

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The laws surrounding hiring and firing farm employees are complex, which leads to a great deal of misunderstanding among employers about what they can and should do when in these situations. What type of investigation should an employer conduct into a potential hire?

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As I write this article during a Northeastern whiteout blizzard in March, I keep thinking about the incomprehensible number of blackened acres that burnt in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and into Colorado.

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The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines “breakthrough” as “a sudden advance, especially in knowledge or technique.” Here’s one that just happened in the world of grazing: RG,2,45K. Let’s talk.

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As I discuss the use of native grasses in forage programs, I often encounter folks who’ve heard native grasses aren’t a practical option because they are “too difficult to manage.” Native grasses like big bluestem, indiangrass and switchgrass are what we refer to as “tall-growing” and, like any tall grass, are more sensitive to overgrazing.

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Silvopasture practices may require a little research, but they could help you get a break on your property taxes.

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