Sustainable Economic Management

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Sustainable economic management is defined as managing the land, natural resources and ranch operations in a cost-effective manner to ensure profits and other benefits are generated for both present and future generations.

Sustainable economic management practices include diversifying ranch operations and income opportunities, reducing financial risk, increasing environmental stability and enabling beneficial partnerships. Changing environmental conditions and evolving economic markets make the adoption of sustainable economic management practices increasingly important to the long-term viability of ranching operations and the grasslands that support them.

  • 77 Ranch

    Blooming Grove, Texas

    Located near Blooming Grove, Texas, 77 Ranch has grown over the past 37 years as it acquired neighboring lands. Restoring native grasses has been central to the ranch’s conservation efforts; it currently hosts over 200 species of forbs and grasses in its pastures.

  • A Stewardship Guide to Grasslands in Southern Ontario

    Ontario Barn Owl Recovery Project, Ontario

    The Ontario Barn Owl Recovery project created this document to introduce sustainable stewardship practices for Southern Ontario grasslands to agricultural producers and rural landowners.

  • Adaptation to Climate Change in Management of Prairie Grasslands

    Saskatchewan Research Council

    The Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative created this document to identify the vulnerability of prairie grasslands to climate change and to recognize appropriate responses to mitigate predicted changes.

  • Alexander Ranch Sun City, Kansas

    Ted Alexander

    The Alexander Ranch of Sun City, Kansas has been selected as one of the regional recipients of the 2007 Environmental Stewardship Award Program [by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association].

  • Bar LD Ranch

    Bonnyville, Alberta

    Bar LD Ranch, located near Bonnyville, Alberta demonstrates a commitment to land management, water quality, wildlife conservation, and leadership activities in the community. Because of the erosion-prone sandy and rocky soil (common to the region) rotational grazing and moderate stocking rates are used to maintain rangeland health…

  • BC Grassland Stewardship Guide: A Guide for Ranchers and Recreation Users

    BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks

    This guide was created by British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks to help ranchers and recreation users to recognize stewardship activities as crucial to the successful conservation of diverse, healthy grasslands.

  • Biodiversity Conservation Guide for Farmers and Ranchers in Alberta

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Alberta

    This guide, published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, describes six basic principles of biodiversity conservation, listing supporting management strategies for each principle.

  • Bold Ranch

    Winifred, Montana

    Located near Winifred, Montana, Bold Ranch operates as a sustainable working and recreational enterprise. Bold Ranch was an early adopter of no-till farming in the region, providing soil and water conservation and carbon sequestration benefits.

  • Chinook Ranch Ltd.

    Longview, Alberta

    Located near Longview, Alberta, Chinook Ranch displays a long-term vision of sustainable ranching. During the growing season the cattle graze a maximum of two to five days in one area to prevent overgrazing, and the potential spread of invasive species into native habitats.

  • Ejido Casa de Janos

    Janos, Chihuahua

    With the implementation of sound management practices, Ejido Casa de Janos seeks to improve both the grazing system and the grassland conditions, which will result in a better habitat for fauna.

  • Funk Farms Trust

    Shirley, Illinois

    Located in Shirley, Illinois, Funk Farms has long prioritized environmental stewardship. As one of the oldest farms in Illinois, management has continually adhered to sustainable practices. The farm has implemented a number of beneficial practices including water management through 35 miles of waterways and soil erosion control through 25 miles of terraces.

  • Ginn Family Farm

    Clinton, ON

    Located in Clinton, Ontario, the Ginn Family Farm operates a purebred red Angus cow‐calf operation. Over the past 25 years, the farm has taken major steps to create a healthy and productive ecosystem.


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