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1 April 2014 Uncertainty, Impermanence Syndrome, and Public Land Ranching
Samuel F. Parry, Rhonda Skaggs
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  • Impermanence syndrome involves farmer apprehension or uncertainty about the future and leads to disinvestment in an agricultural operation as well as erosion of producer confidence.

  • We explored impermanence syndrome among New Mexico public rangeland cattle producers in order to assess perceptions of impermanence syndrome impact factors in the region.

  • Urban fringe effects, proximity to the US-Mexico border, multiple-use of public rangelands, public perception of public land ranching, as well as economic and government agency issues were identified as causes of ranching impermanence syndrome.

  • Mitigation of uncertainty and perceived impermanence threats to ranching would promote management and investments that promote long-haul planning for and enhancement of rangeland health.

Samuel F. Parry and Rhonda Skaggs "Uncertainty, Impermanence Syndrome, and Public Land Ranching," Rangelands 36(2), 20-24, (1 April 2014).
Published: 1 April 2014
cattle industry
impermanence syndrome
land use
public lands
Southwestern United States
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