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A Model for Getting Local Meats and Produce Into Supermarkets

By   /  April 22, 2019  /  Marketing, Money Matters, Start Ups  /  No Comments

Fifteen years ago, it was unheard of for a small farm to sell beef to a supermarket. But today, thanks to Diana Endicott and several projects supported by Sustainable Agriculture Research and Educatioan grants (SARE), over 100 farmers in the Kansas City area supply 30 supermarkets, with meats, fruits, vegetables and specialty goods. Diana and […]

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Successes In My Heifer Development Business

By   /  January 28, 2019  /  Money Matters, Start Ups  /  2 Comments

I spent my first four years in the grazing business running custom cow-calf pairs. It wasn’t profitable for me and I determined that it wasn’t the best use of my resources (as I discussed in some of my On Pasture articles in 2018). In spring 2018, I switched to being a seasonal operation. I bought […]

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Arkansas Beginning Farmer Gets Financing to Get Started

By   /  October 8, 2018  /  Money Matters, Start Ups  /  Comments Off on Arkansas Beginning Farmer Gets Financing to Get Started

This example of resources available to beginning farmers comes to us from Nicole Gurley, Farm Loan Officer, Washington County, Arkansas. There are links throughout the article that provide more information on the programs available to farmers, whether beginning or experienced. McKenzie Fanning grew up in Westfork, Arkansas, with the dream of becoming a cattleman. Although the […]

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Choosing the Right Partner for a Custom Grazing Deal

By   /  October 1, 2018  /  Leasing Pasture, Money Matters, Start Ups  /  1 Comment

Meg will be part of the On Pasture symposium at the upcoming National Grazing Lands Conference in Reno, Nevada, December 2 – 5, 2018. Register before October 16 for the best rates – just $395 for you and bring a friend or spouse for $175 more! Custom graziers and herd owners both need to be […]

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Custom Grazing: Why I Got In

By   /  July 30, 2018  /  Money Matters, Start Ups  /  Comments Off on Custom Grazing: Why I Got In

Meg spent her first five start-up years as a custom grazier. Here she talks about the benefits to her and to the livestock owners and how custom grazing worked for her.

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