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Planning for a Stocker Operation – Homework To Do If You’re Considering This Option

By   /  February 24, 2020  /  Money Matters, Start Ups  /  3 Comments

Blake Allen follows up on his first article about switching to and running a stocker operation, going into more detail about considerations for folks thinking about this option. I spent several years reading about and talking to folks about stock calves before I ever bought any animals. Such careful planning and diligent research is critical […]

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Do You Have an Idea for a New Product? Here’s How to Get Financial Assistance to Get Started

By   /  January 27, 2020  /  Money Matters, Start Ups  /  Comments Off on Do You Have an Idea for a New Product? Here’s How to Get Financial Assistance to Get Started

Information on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Value Added Producer Grant Program was recently announced. It includes $37 million in grant support to help producers generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities and increase income. In conjunction with this announcement, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released a newly updated version of its Farmers’ […]

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How Does the Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers Get Started?

By   /  October 28, 2019  /  Money Matters, Start Ups  /  1 Comment

Don shares this piece as an opening to a conversation. It’s an important one to have. Please share your thoughts, experiences, ideas and suggestions in the comments below. What Do Y’all Think? Donnie, our son, comes by to visit and check on the old people on Tuesday evening and Saturday morning. Last week he was […]

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Check Out the Farm Loan Discovery Tool

By   /  August 5, 2019  /  Money Matters, NRCS, Start Ups  /  Comments Off on Check Out the Farm Loan Discovery Tool

There’s a new online tool to help you find information on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) loans. It’s called the “Farm Loan Discovery Tool” and comes to us from Farmers.gov, and it makes it easier to figure out what kind of loan to consider, and tells you where your the nearest service center is to […]

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This New Podcast Will Get Your Business Going

By   /  June 24, 2019  /  Money Matters, Start Ups  /  Comments Off on This New Podcast Will Get Your Business Going

Charlotte Smith heard some disturbing USDA statistics a few years ago: “Three hundred farmers go out of business every week in the United States. Eighty percent are are out of business by year two, and only 2% of farmers are still around at year five.” That’s something Charlotte is determined to change, so, with her […]

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