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Advice and Funding Available for New, Beginning and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

GetSomethingOutofOnPastureBidAdSometimes you should just ask for help. That’s what Joshua Eilers did when he was trying to get his feet on the ground as a new rancher and it made all the difference in the world.

As a Sergeant, Eilers served as team leader in the U.S. Army’s elite First Ranger Battalion. Although raised in a rural community outside Austin, Eilers had no background in production agriculture. Fast forward post-military and you’ll now find Eilers managing his herd of full blood Wagyu beef that he markets directly to retail establishments and restaurants in Austin. In the 4 minute video below he describes how his success was made possible with the help of USDA programs that assist new, beginning and veteran farmers and ranchers like Joshua Eilers of Ranger Cattle in Austin, Texas.

Eilers says, “Veterans should take advantage of all that USDA has to offer. USDA services and programs are meant to help you; so let them help you.” There are also lots of programs available to assist farmers and ranchers who have been in the business for awhile. So ask for help. It could make all the difference in your world too.

Learn more about USDA programs and services here. Learn more about Ranger Cattle here.

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.


  1. Everytime I asked about a program since i had farmed part time while working for a full time farmer as a hired hand although i never farmedfull time for a living i was told i didnt qualify for any programs

    • Hopefully it will translate to Mob grazing and land repairing using animals and judicious land use. The excitement of the On Pasture community and grazing practices do meet some standards that are supported, right?

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