Wednesday, July 17, 2024
HomeNotes From KathyFarmers and Ranchers Who Talk With Each Other Are More Profitable

Farmers and Ranchers Who Talk With Each Other Are More Profitable

A few years back, the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland analyzed the impact of farmers participating in discussion groups. They learned that members of these groups grossed the equivalent of about $100/acre more than their non-member counterparts.

moneytree1Now, just leaving a comment on a discussion board, or being part of a farmer/rancher group isn’t a get rich scheme. You have to do something with all that information you get. And that’s exactly what seems to be happening when folks discuss. In fact, it turns out farmers who are members of a group are 20% more likely to act on the information gained from interacting with their fellow farmers. That means they try new things that make them more successful.

We like that idea. After all, that’s the only reason we started On Pasture – to help the folks we spend the most time with be a little richer and more sustainable. And that’s why we love seeing comments come in, with folks asking more questions, and others leaving great answers and adding their own experiences. It’s a great way for the On Pasture community to learn and grow.

Your comments are important because they’re what will help you and your fellow farmers absorb and use the information we publish each week.

So don’t be shy. Leave a comment and get richer with all our On Pasture readers!


P.S. The only time we don’t publish a comment is if it’s not polite. So if your comment doesn’t appear, and we don’t get in touch saying, “Great thoughts, but can you say it a little more constructively?” it means something’s gone wrong with the software. In that case, let us know. We don’t know what to fix if we don’t know there’s a problem.

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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.

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