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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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A Model for Getting Local Meats and Produce Into Supermarkets

By   /  April 22, 2019  /  Marketing, Money Matters, Start Ups  /  Comments Off on A Model for Getting Local Meats and Produce Into Supermarkets

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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