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Farming as a Second Career – Secrets From Folks Who Made the Switch

By   /  August 14, 2017  /  Consider This  /  Comments Off on Farming as a Second Career – Secrets From Folks Who Made the Switch

Thanks to Suzy Hodgson of UVM Extension’s New Farmer Project for this story! On average, people change careers three times in their lifetimes, and that’s not counting about ten different jobs across those careers. Whether through choice or circumstance, people are on the move to different employment opportunities, and it’s not surprising to find a number […]

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Does Lack of Affordable Health Insurance Threaten Farm and Ranch Viability?

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  Consider This  /  2 Comments

Worries about health care coverage prevent farmers and ranchers from working full time on their operations, and create barriers for young and beginning farmers and factor into farm succession issues, potentially denying young people access to land to farm. Those are the findings of a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded study says that lack of access […]

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Haying With Wildlife in Mind

By   /  July 31, 2017  /  Consider This  /  1 Comment

This comes to us from Jimmy Doyle, South Dakota State Natural Resource Management Field Specialist, and iGrow a service of South Dakota State University Extension. Anyone who has spent time cutting hay knows that hayland can be a magnet for wildlife in late spring and early summer. Hay fields are often considered an “ecological trap” for […]

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Virtual Pasture Walk at the Flying Diamond Ranch

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Consider This  /  Comments Off on Virtual Pasture Walk at the Flying Diamond Ranch

This week, let’s take a virtual Pasture Walk to the Flying Diamond Ranch in Kit Carson, Colorado. Even through drought and challenging economic times, this ranch is expanding, and making room for the next generation. It’s why the ranch was Colorado’s 2015 Leopold Conservation Award winner. The Flying Diamond Ranch has been home to the […]

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The Grazier’s Vow

By   /  July 17, 2017  /  Consider This  /  Comments Off on The Grazier’s Vow

On Oct. 3, 2016 an article I wrote entitled Stupid Is As Stupid Does was published on the On Pasture web site. This was just a simple tale of one of the many mistakes that I have made in the cow business over the years. Hopefully I have learned from these mistakes and do not […]

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