The beef industry is a land-based business, and along with land comes an interesting relationship. The Dickinson Research Extension Center is in a very aggressive energy industry.
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Perhaps the word “aggressive” is too harsh, but there certainly is an interesting relationship that is created when the person who owns or leases the surface of the land meets the person who owns the other side of the coin, which is known as subsurface or mineral rights.
This relationship is hard to describe and often not appreciated by those who don’t routinely deal with land issues. Simply put, if you lease or own your home, you enjoy living in the home and associated yard space. Realizing you may not own the subsurface probably is not something one dwells on until your enjoyment conflicts with the intentions of whoever owns the subsurface rights.