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  • Updated: South Dakota, Nebraska fires blaze up
    On Saturday afternoon, a South Dakota rancher who spotted smoke in the West Short Pine Hills located 45 miles north of Belle Fourche, S.D. on the Wyoming South Dakota border called in a fire. The fire quickly grew to massive size with winds whipping past 70 miles an hour. Both timber and grassland has been lost according to fire officials with the Great Plains Fire Information Center. 
  • Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Bank created in Wyoming
    At the heart of the project is the Pathfinder Ranch, a 235,000-acre cattle ranch located west of Casper
     
  • Water board votes to sue northwest Iowa counties
    Des Moines Water Works has decided to pursue legal action against county supervisors in Buena Vista, Sac and Calhoun counties in Iowa. The board voted on the matter March 10, passing the motion to pursue legal action unanimously. The legal filing was conducted Monday, March 16 in federal court. 
  • Ag Roundup: A quick glimpse of trending topics
    Vilsack ordered record keeping practices at USMARC to be updated to ensure the animals are being properly cared for. Until animal welfare is improved through stronger oversight and better training of standards Vilsack has called off any new research projects at the location.
    
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  • On Saturday afternoon, a South Dakota rancher who spotted smoke in the West Short Pine Hills located 45 miles north of Belle Fourche, S.D. on the Wyoming South Dakota border called in a fire. The fire quickly grew to massive size with winds whipping past 70 miles an hour. Both timber and grassland has been lost according to fire officials with the Great Plains Fire Information Center.  
  • “I have seasonal draws, valleys and canyons as well as ponds and other natural depressions on my land that will at times fill or flow with water during precipitation events. Many rarely, if ever, have flow that reaches a flowing stream,” said Jeff Metz, a farmer and rancher from Angora, Nebraska. “This rule could require that I obtain a federal permit in order to plow, apply crop protection products, graze cattle or even build a fence in or around these areas.” 
  •  The up cycle will eventually turn, and producers will face lower profits after herd expansion occurs. So irrespective of the focus of your farming business, positioning to handle the volatility you will face and having the resiliency to handle the downside while retaining the agility to capture opportunities, will be critical. To help you navigate this new business environment, we’ve identified 10 strategies for long-term success. 

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