Ag & Hort News: March, 2019

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Evaluate windbreaks for declining trees, create replacement plan
There is a common thread that runs through all rural homesteads or ranch headquarter sites across the state. They are surrounded by mature tree windbreaks planted about the time the homes were built. Many of our oldest ranches have very mature trees in these windbreaks. Most are native cottonwoods or Chinese and Siberian elm trees due to their availability 70 to 100 years ago. These tree species are soft-wooded and tend to rot if any decay gets started.   …to read more click here

 New, beginning producers can access risk management resources
Crop insurance programs have become an invaluable part of most Wyoming producers’ risk management plans. The scope of policies and their availability have increased over the past 20 years to the point producers of most crops and livestock have at least one insurance policy that could be of benefit to their operations. These programs can be even more critical for new and beginning farmers and ranchers, whose ability to withstand revenue declines is often much lower than more-established operations.   …to read more click here

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Ag & Hort News: Februrary, 2019

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Livestock handling tips to help prevent ranch ATV accidents
Agriculture has always been dangerous. With an increasing number of people using ATVs to move livestock, we now have more ATV-associated accidents. There were three fatalities in 2016 involving 20 injury crashes. Most everyone knows someone who has had a bad accident or has been involved in an ATV accident themselves. While not every accident is preventable, there certainly are things we can learn and teach our children to be safer when using ATVs.   …to read more click here

 
Getting on track: Understanding financial performance
Getting on Track series, Understanding Financial Performance, helps rural business owners and managers correctly evaluate financial data through ratio and index analysis, sometimes referred to as benchmarking. Financial analysis can help identify weak areas or risk in a business and can compare performance over time to make decisions and address problems before they become severe.   …to read more click here

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Ag & Hort News: January, 2019

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Among the many tasks with rural living – check your well
Testing the water quality of a domestic well should be part of its regular inspection and maintenance. Seeing why this is so important is easy, with over 90,000 rural wells across Wyoming supplying 75 percent of residents with drinking water. While the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office regulates permitting and construction requirements, homeowners are responsible for inspecting their wells regularly for damage and testing water quality.   …to read more click here

 
Getting on track: Better management through basic financial statements
Constructing basic financial statements for a farm/ranch/agribusiness is an important key to management success, offering solutions to problems and risks before they become severe and to take advantage of potential opportunities. The Basic Financial Statements course (as part of the three-part Getting on Track series) from RightRisk.org helps new and smaller-scale agricultural producers get a firm grip on their finances.…to read more click here

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Ag & Hort News: December, 2018

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Producers face significant stress; help is available
Agricultural producers have a long culture and self-image of being strong, flexible, and adaptive, allowing them to weather climatic, financial, and personal challenges. As one ranch wife explained to a teacher, “You, too, for a multi-million dollar investment and 150 hours a week, can make money one year, break-even one year, and lose money one year.”
     Many producers, especially those just getting started, work off-farm jobs as well. Producers have dealt with increased production costs, multiple disasters, reduced prices, tariff and market pressures, and increasing regulations, in addition to the stresses normal families endure. This last 24 months has been critical with farm income down over 50 percent since 2013, according to the USDA Economic Research Service.   …to read more click here

 
Getting on track: Better management through basic ag records
The Getting on Track: Better Management Through Ag Records course, from RightRisk.org, is part of a three-course series to help agricultural managers improve recordkeeping. The online course offers informative and self-paced lessons, with numerous resources and farm family examples. There are five content modules, with four family farm business examples, that highlight the importance of recordkeeping. Resource materials include recordkeeping forms for crop and livestock enterprises, the complete Agee Hand Record System, and links to other courses.
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