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I am not a farmer but I love this show. Always great information

Great farmpernuial podcast!

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I always walk away from each episode with new ideas and knowledge.

iTunes Ratings

61 Ratings
Average Ratings
48
5
3
1
4

Great show

By Ulive95472 - Apr 05 2019
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I am not a farmer but I love this show. Always great information

Great farmpernuial podcast!

By mair67 - Dec 22 2017
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I always walk away from each episode with new ideas and knowledge.

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Rank #1: OFI 528: Follow Me To The Life (And Farm) You Are Dreaming About | Solo Episode With Matt Brechwald

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The Current Stage Of My Life And Business

Well here we are, just a week away from Thanksgiving with 2019 bearing down on us soon.  What are your goals for the upcoming year?  What stage of business development or production will you be in during 2019?

Perhaps you are just starting your plan to become an entrepreneur.  Or maybe you have started your business and are growing it while you continue to work at your full-time, "day job".  Maybe you have even made the transition to full-time entrepreneurship and are looking for other revenue streams or are developing your farming operation.

I have been through all of these stages.  I want to share the stage I find myself in now.  This is probably the most difficult stage to share with you.  It is not because something bad has happened or because I am ashamed of where I am at.  I think it has to do with my raising.

Talking about this stage feels a bit like bragging.  And certainly, nobody in my family, has ever done anything like what I now do for a living.  So, for me to talk about this stage I have to remind myself what this podcast is all about.  My purpose here is be a cheerleader for you, to be the person who keeps moving forward on this path so you can follow behind and to be the person who takes the risks and leaps of faith to show you that it is possible.  And of course, in the worst case scenario to be the person who fails and warns you ahead of time so you don't make the same mistake that I already have.

My purpose is also be an inspiration.  I know how much the people I listened to, read and watched inspired me when I was first beginning my journey.  I remember hearing about how they lived their lives, and wondering if it could ever be possible for me to live that life some day.  Now I find myself doing that, and I have to force myself to think back to when I wondered if it would ever be possible so I can see the transition that has taken place.

So, the stage I am entering into now is the one that I dreamed about way back in 2009 when I first really started thinking about what I wanted my life to look like.  For those of you who have been listening for some time, you know that having a podcast was not part of that vision back then.  The podcast is one of the pivots I made along the way.

In 2009 I just had a seed of an idea.  I had a vision of a better way for me to live my life.  That little seed opened a pandora's box for me.  I had no idea how to get to that place, but I knew I wanted to be there.

This is what my life looks like today:

We have a farm with loyal customers who like to brag about the beef, pork and chevon they purchase from us.  I would like to grow my farming operation, but I already have more farm than I ever imagined.
Crazy time is over: I have gone through two crazy transitional periods - police work to full-time entrepreneurship & moving from the gopher business to full-time broadcasting and intellectual property sales.
I have multiple revenue streams in place:

The D&B Radio Show
FFA Today
Advertisers on Off-Farm Income
Our online course - The Ag Entrepreneur
Public Speaking
Voice Over Work
Podcast consulting and production
Coaching
Farming
Rental Houses
Teaching
I have systems in place for all of these revenue sources which makes them very easy to manage and maintain.  What this means for my lifestyle is that it is extremely flexible, stress free and less demanding than anything else I have ever done.

Except for the farm, I do not have a significant hourly commitment each week to keep up with those streams of revenue.  I call agriculture "the ultimate lifestyle business" and I prove it every year.  By far, the farm provides me the lowest hourly wage of any of these streams of revenue.  However, I am able to be on my farm 100% of the time now, and being able to do that is the reason all the other streams of revenue exist.

Nov 16 2018

34mins

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Rank #2: OFI 455: How To Profit Buying Bred Cows | FFA SAE Edition | Cody Voss | Newell-Fonda High School FFA

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INTRODUCING CODY VOSS!
To make money in the cattle industry, you need to be creative.  Today's guest, Cody Voss, has found his creative niche.  Along with his father they have figured out how to buy bred cows that have missed calving season for one reason or another.  They take the cattle home, and sell them back about a month after they calve.  The trick here is picking a cow that will act reasonably after having her calf.

Cody and his dad have a circuit of about five auctions they go to looking for these cows.  The auctioneers know them and know what they are looking for and can steer them in the right direction.  They have figured out who the breeders are that are selling the cows at auction, and they know whose cows are good but just missed a heat cycle and are being sold because they are outside of the calving season.  I really like this business model.

In additional to all of this Cody raises sheep and goats.  Plus he and his family custom raise hogs in Iowa.  This has led Cody many proficiency applications and Stars Over Iowa.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Diversified Livestock

HIGH SCHOOL: Newell-Fonda High School; Newell, Iowa

MASCOT: Mustangs

FFA ADVISOR: Crystal Nieland

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR CODY VOSS:
Click on the picture below to be taken to the Newell-Fonda High School Ag. Department's website:

Cody's FFA Advisor's Email Address: nielandc@newell-fonda.k12.ia.us
Newell-Fonda High School's Telephone Number: 712.272.3324
FFA LINKS:
National FFA Organization

Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE's)

Support FFA 

Donate to FFA - One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward.

REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:

Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:

"Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive."
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack 

Other Places You Can Listen To Us:
D&B Supply Show

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO "FFA TODAY" ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! "FFA Today" airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147

May 30 2018

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Rank #3: OFI 498: How To Build And Manage A Farm Selling Retail Cuts Of Meat | David Hancock | Hancock Family Farms

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Do you dream of farming and being able to stay on your farm full time?  Do you love to share agriculture and what you love about it with other people?  Do you enjoy livestock and love to brag about the meat you produce on your own place?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then selling retail cuts of your own meat at a farmer's market or on your own place might just be the answer you are looking for.

Let's face it, my show is all about using entrepreneurship to support your farming endeavors.  Even though this is what I do and what I teach, it does not mean that it is the ultimate goal.  Ultimately, all of us would like to do nothing but farm.  We would like to be that person who wakes up with the chickens, beds down the cows and only leaves the farm because we want to in between.

Our guest today, David Hancock, has a recipe for doing just that.  No two farms or farmers are alike, and you may have more or less challenges than David has had to overcome.  But one thing is for certain, he loves farming and needed to figure out a niche to achieve his dream of farming full time.  He did that through selling individual cuts of meat.

David shares a wealth of information in this interview.  It is practically a blue print for anyone who wants to find a way to farm full time.

CONTACT INFORMATION AND LINKS:
Facebook: LINK

Website: LINK

Telephone: 301-752-2353
Where You Can Listen To Us:
LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO "FFA TODAY" ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! "FFA Today" airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147

Sep 07 2018

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Rank #4: OFI 720: Tips To Help Your New Agriculture Business Succeed | David Inskeep | SCORE

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KEY IDEAS: 

I am constantly monitoring as much as I can in the world of agriculture to bring good guests and content to all of you so you can join me in living a life full-time on your farm.  To this end, I came across an article in The Hutchinson News out of Kansas a few weeks back that was titled “Tips To Help Your New Agriculture Business Succeed“.  Of course I was intrigued by this and thought that it might be a great fit for this show.

I reached out to the author, David Inskeep, and requested an interview.  He was gracious enough to come on the show today and share his experiences and what led him to write that article.

David is a retired investment banker, and he is now a volunteer for SCORE.  SCORE is a volunteer network of retired business experts that will help new entrepreneurs to get their businesses going.  As a result of what David encounters through these volunteer efforts he gets reminded of the challenges that so many entrepreneurs face.  And sometimes, he writes articles about these.  That is exactly what happened in this case.

On today’s show David is going to talk about the lessons he has learned as an investment banker as well as a volunteer with SCORE.  He will also talk about resources that you can access to help you succeed in your new agricultural business venture.

CONTACT INFORMATION AND LINKS:

Email: davidinskeep1@gmail.com

SCORE Website: LINK

Where You Can Listen To Us:

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO “FFA TODAY” ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! “FFA Today” airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147

Nov 22 2019

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Rank #5: OFI 546: How To Make Farms Profitable | Ted Lebow | Kitchen Table Consultants

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"The #1 reason that farms fail is that they fail to profit".  This statement by Ted Lebow seems simple and obvious, but when you dig deeper it is actually complex and difficult to understand.
Ted's company, Kitchen Table Consultants, looks at farming operations, especially those actively involved in marketing their produce, meat and fruit and see how business models can be a detriment to the success of the farm.

Ted grew up in agriculture in Nampa, Idaho.  He participated in the FFA, and later studied agriculture at Cornell University.  He has also started several companies, including Kitchen Table Consultants.  He has seen how failing to properly assess profit can lead to not just the loss of a farm, but the loss of a lifestyle.

In this episode Ted gives several tips to farmers on how to maximize profitability and sustainability.  One interesting point that he made was that farming operations that are involved in marketing should act as two different farming entities.  One entity is involved in the farming and the other is involved in the marketing.  This will help the farm to determine if they are profitable, and if not it will tell them in which aspect of their business they are failing to profit.
This episode is a bit different from normal as I was not interviewing Ted about forming his businesses.  I was asking him about what he teaches and consults on to help farmers succeed.  I know there will be something in here that can help you with your future success.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Website: LINK
Other Places You Can Listen To Us:
Check us out on the D&B Supply Show where we get to focus in on very specific farming issues like tank heaters, fencing, regulations, etc.

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO "FFA TODAY" ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! "FFA Today" airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147

Dec 28 2018

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Rank #6: OFI 600: The Agreement We Have With Livestock | Dan Profitt | Butcher Pete’s Mobile Meat

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If you go back far enough into the episodes of this show you will find me talking about what I consider to be a true livestock farmer.  I have talked about this many times because of the paradox of loving your livestock but then butchering them for meat.  I have always defined a "true livestock farmer" as a person who can love their livestock, provide them the best life possible but still understand what their purpose is.

Today's guest has a very similar view on livestock, and he refers to it as the agreement or the deal we have with animals.  We treat them well, harvest them with respect and then get meat from them.  Dan Profitt has a clear understanding of the relationship between farmers, butchers and livestock.  This philosophy has led him into a growing business as a mobile butcher.

Dan started his meat cutting career when he was just in high school.  Eventually it took him to the City of Boston with Whole Foods.  He took years to master his craft, and then he gave up the city and moved to a more rural area of New England.

As more and more people found out that he had the meat cutting experience, more and more people started requesting his help and training in butchering their livestock.  Soon thereafter, Butcher Pete's Mobile Meat was born.

Dan has an awesome name for his business, and I had to know where it came from.  It is an entertaining answer, and I am going to make you listen to the episode to find it out.  With that said, the way Dan went about naming his business is very similar to how he designed it.  It matches his philosophy on things perfectly.

ADVICE FROM DAN:
EXPERIENCE FIRST: Dan strongly suggests getting experience first.  He says that if you do not have a high level of experience cutting meat, your customers will see it...right away.

WEAK: When it comes to applying to apprenticeships as a butcher, which is competitive, Dan says that the weaker butchers or people with weaker work ethics will be weeded out.  He suggests a strong work ethic and a competitive attitude.

BRING COFFEE: I asked Dan what the key to getting an apprenticeship was.  He answered to show up early and bring coffee.  He was using this for a metaphor for making sure that you are demonstrating a deep commitment to getting the apprenticeship.

BEST BUSINESS ADVICE DAN HAS EVER RECEIVED:

"Take Care Of The Pennies And The Pounds Will Take Of Themselves" - pay attention to the details

RESOURCE RECOMMENDATION:

Dan strongly recommends the book Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering as a precursor to getting started butchering your own livestock.

Regarding business Dan recommends the book The Richest Man in Babylon.  This is a classic that I listen to each year, and I recommend it as well.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Website: LINK

Email:

Facebook: LINK
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Apr 26 2019

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Rank #7: OFI 509: If You Want To Come Home To Your Farm, Start A Business | FFA SAE Edition | Austin Stanton | Centralia High School FFA

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INTRODUCING AUSTIN STANTON!

Our guest today is finalist for the award of star farmer this year, and it all started in 1st grade!

Austin Stanton and his brother both want to come home and farm on their families farm that is now in Missouri but really started in Ireland.  To do that, they are going to need to produce enough income to support their families while their parents still take care of the row crops.

Way back when Austin was in the 1st grade he and his brother started selling eggs.  They have continued to grow "Stanton Brothers Eggs", and they are now supplying almost all of the stores in Central Missouri plus the dining hall where Austin is going to college at the University Of Missouri.  Austin and his brother now collect eggs from over 15,000 chickens on a daily basis.

In addition to selling eggs in stores, Austin and his brother sell at farmer's markets.  In order to attract customers they started selling honey ice cream at the markets to line the potential customers up.  They also operate a custom spraying business.  This young man is committed to returning to that farm!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Poultry Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Centralia High School; Centralia, Missouri

MASCOT: Panthers

FFA ADVISOR: Scott Stone

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR AUSTIN STANTON:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Centralia High School website:
Austin's FFA Advisors' Email Addresses: Scott.Stone@catnet.gen.mo.us

Centralia High School's Telephone Number: (573) 682-3508

FFA LINKS:

National FFA Organization

Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE's)

Support FFA 

Donate to FFA - One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward.

REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:

Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:

"Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive."
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack 

Where You Can Listen To Us:
Official Member Of The National Association Of Farm Broadcasters
LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO "FFA TODAY" ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! "FFA Today" airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147

Oct 03 2018

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Rank #8: OFI 588: Making The Transition To Full-Time Farming For Husband And Wife | Mark Kannmacher | Kannmacher Farm

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Today's episode is a profile of a 6th generation farmer.  Mark Kannmacher's farming roots go all the way back to a farm located on the French and German border.  After immigration to the United States the tradition transferred to Illinois.  Today, Mark is keeping the legacy alive, and he has found a way to farm full-time and hopes to have his wife join him soon!

Mark, like so many farmers, has stories of long hours and little sleep.  His are quite incredible though.  When he was trying to transition to farming full-time but still working off the farm as a teacher he found himself getting 1-2 hours of sleep per day during certain times of the year.  And, he was getting this sleep on his lunch break or during his prep period at school!

In this episode Mark will discuss how he made the transition, and how he used a speciality form of livestock for his area, turkeys, to help him generate additional revenue on his farm.  Also, he discusses how he uses niches and diversification to be sustainable as a business.

Mark, his father and his grandfather have all used various entrepreneurial ventures along the way to create income that would support the farm.  This has all led to Mark being the first of all of them to farm exclusively with no off-farm job.

ADVICE FROM MARK:

PASSION: Mark believes you must really have a passion for farming to make it work.  This passion should naturally lead you to learn all the aspects of the farming business backwards and forwards.

BACKUP: Mark suggests having a back up plan, perhaps several.  He cites his turkey barns.  If his contract for raising turkeys falls through, he has already considered other ways to make revenue with that infrastructure.

THE WORST: Mark also suggests that you decide that on the very worst day you ever have farming that you will still be convinced that this is the only job that you truly want.

BEST BUSINESS ADVICE MARK HAS EVER RECEIVED:

"Alwasy have a backup plan" which was giving to him  by Jim Bolin in the oil service industry.

PERSONAL HABIT:

Following God's word and guidance on a daily basis.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Facebook Page: LINK

Telephone Number: (217) 232-1052

Email: kannmacherfarm@gmail.com
Where Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald Can Be Heard:
Member Of The National Association Of Farm Broadcasters

Apr 05 2019

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Rank #9: OFI 672: An Online Farmers Market | Chris Schuler | The “Know Your Farmer” App

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Today is a great follow up episode with Chris Schuler, who appeared on our show in 2018 on episode #474.  Chris has a great story.  He is a self-described ex-partier who one day woke up, got sober and started progressing in his life.  Chris started with a landscaping company called Redbud Designs which we discussed in episode 474.  During that episode he talked about how he wanted to one day create an app with applications in farming.

Well, the time has come and the app is here.  The Know Your Farmer App just launched, and it is a real thing.  It is also a brilliant idea that has not been replicated.

Chris had a vision of an app that would allow farmers to post the items they have for sale and consumers in their area to see what was available, like an online farmer's market.  He wanted the farmers and consumers to be able to communicate and to build a stronger community of people who want to consume fresh food.

Chris saw how easy it was for people to get processed foods that are created by big companies.  And, he saw that the food you could buy at supermarkets and places like Walmart could be delivered right to your home.  He thought there should be something for locally grown and fresh food that would be compatible.

What is so impressive about Chris is that he followed through with this and made it happen.  So many people talk about a big idea like this, but Chris actually accomplished it.  He has been working on this app and putting a team together since 2017.  August 26, 2019 was his official launch date, and I am proud to be a part of it.

Today we will discuss how his first business, just like mine, was a vessel to take him to a bigger concept.  And, we will talk about how you make money from an app, and what it took to keep him pushing forward.  Enjoy everyone!

CONTACT INFORMATION AND LINKS:

Facebook Page: LINK

Website: LINK

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO "FFA TODAY" ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! "FFA Today" airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147

Aug 30 2019

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Rank #10: OFI 676: Winter Weather Predictions And A Sign Of Fall | Sandi Duncan | Editor Of Farmer’s Almanac

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I believe that last year in episode #495, I started a new tradition when I interviewed Sandi Duncan, the editor of Farmer's Almanac.  I am excited to have her back on the show today to discuss the 2020 edition and to have some fun with predicting our winter weather.

As you may remember, Sandi is the first female editor of Farmer's Almanac.  In today's episode we discuss the history of almanacs in general, how Farmer's Almanac got started, what to expect this winter and much, much more.

I hope you enjoy this episode that always puts me in the mood for fall and harvest!

CONTACT INFORMATION AND LINKS:
Facebook: LINK

Website: LINK

Telephone: 207-755-2292
Where You Can Listen To Us:
LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO "FFA TODAY" ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! "FFA Today" airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147

Sep 06 2019

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Rank #11: OFI 464: Farming With Fifteen Cousins | FFA SAE Edition | Tristan Travis | Creston High School FFA

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INTRODUCING TRISTAN TRAVIS!
My mother's side of my family are all from Fresno County, California.  Technically they are from Germany, then Russia and eventually Fresno County.  But as I have always known them it has been Fresno, County.
My mother's cousin, John Weber, and my two cousins Mike & Jeff Weber, farm what is left of the original family farm.  Now there is only 40 acres left, and Mike and Jeff are doing all the farming with grapes, fruit trees and alfalfa.

Whenever I go for a visit I am struck by all of the cousins I have there, even cousins I really do not know.  Mike and Jeff are constantly spending time with family, and I am always jealous.

Our guest today, Tristan Travis, has the same situation in Iowa, and he does not take it for granted.  Tristan's family farms crops, cattle and breeds horses in their part of Iowa.  In addition to that Tristan operates a hay business with his brother.  He is very busy but getting help from his 15 cousins helps him to be two places at once and get all the work done.

Truly, all of the family support that Tristan has is helping him to succeed in agriculture.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Custom Haying Business

HIGH SCHOOL: Creston High School; Creston, Iowa

MASCOT: Panthers

FFA ADVISOR: Kelsey Bailey

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR TRISTAN TRAVIS:
Click on the picture below to be taken to the Creston High School Ag. Department's website:

Tristan's FFA Advisor's Email Address: kbailey@crestonschools.org 
Creston High School's Telephone Number: (641) 782-2116
FFA LINKS:
National FFA Organization

Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE's)

Support FFA 

Donate to FFA - One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward.

REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:

Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:

"Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive."
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack 

Other Places You Can Listen To Us:
D&B Supply Show

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO "FFA TODAY" ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! "FFA Today" airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147

Jun 20 2018

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Rank #12: OFI 520: Getting “Outside The Box” For The First Time | FFA SAE Edition | Carson Kretzmeier | Benton Central Jr./Sr. High School FFA

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INTRODUCING CARSON KRETZMEIER!
Our guest today is just in her sophomore year of high school, but she is on her way.  Carson Kretzmeier has started her own flock of Southdown sheep.  She liked the breed, and wanted to be unique in her marketplace.  She is already making higher level decisions as a student and farmer.

In addition to what Carson is doing with her sheep flock, she is seeking out leadership roles in her FFA chapter.  She is currently serving as her chapter's secretary and is very well spoken.  I am anticipating big things for Carson in the years to come.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Sheep Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Benton Central Junior/Senior High School; Oxford, Indiana

MASCOT: Bison

FFA ADVISOR: Amanda Mullins

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR CARSON KRETZMEIER:
Click on the picture below to be taken to the Benton Central Junior/High School Ag. Department's website:

Carson's FFA Advisor's Email Address: AMullins@benton.k12.in.us
Benton Central Junior/Senior High School's Telephone Number:  765-884-1600
FFA LINKS:
National FFA Organization

Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE's)

Support FFA 

Donate to FFA - One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward.

REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:

Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:

"Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive."
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack 

Other Places You Can Listen To Us:
D&B Supply Show

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO "FFA TODAY" ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! "FFA Today" airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147

Oct 29 2018

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Rank #13: OFI 698: So You Want To Raise Cattle, Well Slow Down

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Advice For The Beginning Cattle Farmer
I have had two situations/conversations recently that have really made me want to ask everyone to hit the pause button for just a second before putting cattle on their places.  And this has really made think about this a little bit deeper.

Let me first start by saying that as a person who loves agriculture, wants to see agricultural land preserved, likes a diversity of people farming and really enjoys cattle - I am all for people discovering this great animal and engaging in this industry.

However, cattle are not a species of livestock that you can just decide you want to raise and then begin.  You really need to know what you are doing here, both for reasons of being humane and because of the impact on your financials.

Small livestock like goats, sheep and even pigs can be easy to start out with.  But cattle are just too big for you to start off with if you have no experience and you don't have the correct equipment.  The larger the animal, the less margin for error and less ability you will have to correct your mistakes.

Once you get a cow to shut off the thinking part of her brain and start running away from you with that thousand yard stare, you are in big trouble.  My goal is for you to never hit that point.  But if you ever do, I want you to be able to handle it.
What I Have Been Seeing
This is what I have been seeing recently that has caused me to make this episode.  I have been seeing too many instances of folks with zero experience raising cattle but who have purchased a property putting some cows on it with no other planning.  I've also seen these folks get themselves in a bit of bind when it comes time to doctor the cows, catch the cattle or separate the cows from the bull.

I think the mistake that so many people make is not seeing what is really going on around them.  As folks drive through the countryside you see cattle grazing peacefully on pastures or out on the range, and it is a pastoral scene that you would like to replicate on your own place.  But what you are not seeing is the time, experience and planning that goes into achieving that scene.

There are a lot of very experienced cowboys and cowgirls out there who have loved cattle their entire lives and have been working with cattle their entire lives.  And if you get the chance to watch them work with cattle, they can make it look very easy.  But it is not.  This is one of those situations in which the person is so good at what they do, that they are making it look easy.

If you have never worked with cattle before, this like watching Stephen Curry hit a 3 point shot or Tiger Woods sink a 40 foot put and saying "I can do that".  They make it look easy because they are professionals.  You are not.  There is a lifetime of practice, desire and intuition between the head of that putter and the hole that the ball eventually drops in.  You, as the new cow farmer, have a long way to go.
What Should You Do

Make Friends With Neighbors
Reinforce Your Fences
Be Picky About The Cattle You Buy
Get The Correct Equipment
Get Some Education
Learn About Flight Zones And Pressure
Teach Yourself To Walk Away
Get Some Experience
Start Slow
Spend Time With Your Cattle
Learn About Electric Fence
Know The Reasons That Cattle Will Push Fence
Rotate Your Pastures

You Will Get There
I am excited for you, and you are going to get there.  But let's not get in too big of a hurry.  You can get started pretty quickly with smaller livestock like goats, sheep and even pigs.  But, if cattle are where you are headed, you need to really think about these things before you jump in.  If you don't, you might end up losing a lot of money.  Worse yet, you might wind up with a cow that needs help you cannot give it because you can't get it caught or can't control it.
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Oct 15 2019

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Rank #14: OFI 628: How To Turn A Hobby Into A Business | Tatia Veltkamp | Wings Of Enchantment

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KEY IDEAS: 

Our guest today, Tatia Veltkamp, and her husband had an interest - butterflies. This interest turned into a hobby.  The hobby grew and eventually turned into a side-hustle.  Once the side-hustle started Tatia could see other opportunities.  Today, this has grown into a full-blown business called Wings Of Enchantment.

Tatia and her husband started breeding butterflies after they gained some exposure to the need and the process.  Over time they discovered the demand for these butterflies and saw several opportunities to turn this into a business.

Today they own "Wings Of Enchantment" in New Mexico.  They are spreading awareness about butterflies, habitat and the plants that are needed to support the species.  They have also recognized several ways to generate revenue from this and put them into practice:

Classroom Presentations
Butterly Releases
Life Cycle Kits
Displays

The concept of butterfly releases was very interesting to me as I never even knew this existed.  For special events, memorial services, dedications, you name it, people  like to release butterflies.  Wings Of Enchantment can provide the butterflies for you and even help you figure out how to make it work best.

From a business standpoint there is a lot to be gained from this episode.  Tatia and her husband are surviving the transition of loving something enough that they did it for fun, to turning it into a business.  They have been able to do this and not lose the love or passion they had for butterflies in the first place. That is always the real question when turning a hobby into a business - will you continue to love it or will the business rob you of that.

ADVICE FROM TATIA:

GROW: Most often when I list this piece of advice it is about growing your business.  In Tatia's case it is about growing plants.  This is very much like raising livestock.  Often we look at ourselves as cattle or sheep producers.  But what we really are, are grass farmers and we are using the livestock to harvest for us.

In Tatia's case she is a plant grower, and she is using the butterflies to reproduce on the plants.  It is essential to become proficient at growing the plants that the butterflies need to reproduce on.

CONTROL: Tatia also states that you must learn how to control pests in your plants without chemicals that will harm the butterflies.  After all, if you love and care for the butterflies you don't want them exposed to harmful chemicals.

LIMIT: Limit the amount of caterpillars that you raise in one container.  Overcrowding will have a negative impact.  Also Tatia says to remember this piece of advice, because when you are first starting out this will not be a temptation because you won't have the numbers yet.  However, later in the development of your business you will, and you should avoid this.

BEST ADVICE THAT TATIA HAS RECEIVED:

Let go of what is not moving your forward.  This is great advice.  I can remember when I started my first business.  Everyday I focused on what direction I was moving.  If it was forward, that was all I cared about.  Sometimes it was slow, sometimes it was fast.  But if it was forward, that was correct.

PERSONAL HABIT: 

Tatia's personal habit is scheduling, but more importantly following the schedule that she has created.  Just like anything we do in agriculture, if you want something at a certain time, you have to reverse engineer the entire process to know when to start, when to plant or breed, etc.  You need to follow those schedules because if you miss a deadline there is nothing you can do about it.

RESOURCE RECOMMENDATION:

Tatia recommends The Association For Butterflies.  This has been a great resource for her and will be for you as well.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Website: LINK

Email: tatiav@comcast.net

Facebook: LINK
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Jun 14 2019

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Rank #15: OFI 573: When You Discover That You Loved Growing Up On A Farm And How To Fund Your Return | Shelby Smith | GYM-N-EAT Crickets

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Our guest today has a very interesting story.  Shelby Smith grew up on her families farm just outside Ames, Iowa but her passion never seemed to lie with farming.  Shelby is an exceptional athlete, and this is where she concentrated her time during high school, college and later in graduate school.

As a standout point guard on her high school basketball team Shelby was able to pay for her undergraduate degree on an athletic scholarship doing the same thing.  Then she was offered an opportunity to do it again for her master's degree at a college in Ireland.  One thing led to another, and Shelby found herself with a master's degree, no college debt and a prestigious position as a commodity trader.

A whirlwind of sports, collegiate and career success had taken place and now Shelby was settling into her career as a trader.  Only one problem, as the dust settled and she was working full-time she found out that somehow she had unwittingly found herself in somebody else's dream position.  Shelby states that for every trader that has her previous position, there are 10,000 people trying to get that job.  This created a lot of pressure for Shelby as she realized that this career was not the right fit for her.  That realization contrasted with how lucky she knew she should feel to have obtained this position at such a young age.

As Shelby searched for the solution to this dilemma, something came back to her.  It was memories of the 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans she grew up around on her families farm.  This farm had been cobbled together by her father and mother over the past 30+ years, and her dad was farming it faithfully.  Her brother was a natural fit to take it over, but he was achieving his own career success as an F-16 pilot in the military.  So, the farm and the opportunity was sitting there, waiting for Shelby.

Everything happens for a reason.  When Shelby told her parents of her desire to return to Iowa and take up farming her dad imparted some hard earned farming wisdom.  He told her that if this was the life that she wanted she needed to find some sort of niche that would create income for her, apart from rising and falling commodity prices.  Shelby gave this some thought and came up with the idea of cricket production for human consumption.  Within 9 days of research and planning "Gym-N-Eat Crickets" was born.

Shelby is off to a great start with this niche, selling out of her entire supply of crickets in 2018.  She is selling multiple products created from just a small fraction of the 2,000 acre farm to which she has returned.  She also has plans to increase production and build a commercial facility on the farm.

Cricket production was a bit more extreme than what her parents had in mind when they said to develop a niche.  However, Shelby has discovered an emerging market with lots of exciting possibilities.  The time it takes her to manage the crickets and the overhead required to start are minimal.  This leaves her a lot of time to farm successfully!

ADVICE FROM SHELBY:

GO FOR IT: Shelby has had many interesting athletic, educational and career opportunities.  She has pursued all of them with enthusiasm and suggests that you do the same.  She is not one to hold herself back.

UNCOMFORTABLE: Shelby suggests making yourself uncomfortable.  If what you are doing doesn't bother or worry you a little it, you are not experiencing any growth and you are not getting any better.

BITE SIZE: Shelby says do not bit off more than you can chew.  Find an aspect of your business that you can really concentrate on and develop your skills within.  When you have mastered that part you can look at expanding into other areas.

BEST BUSINESS ADVICE SHELBY HAS EVER RECEIVED:
"Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable" - this was advice that Shelby received from a professor and it has led her to a lifetime of growth and improvement thus far.

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Mar 01 2019

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Rank #16: OFI 489: Uncovering Farm Revenue That Nobody Knew Was There | Jason Tatge | Farmobile

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Jason Tatge describes the device that he has created as the "Fitbit for farm equipment".  I don't think there could be any more apt description.  Jason is the creator of Farmobile which is a device and data capture system that solves many problems that people practicing precision farming in the past faced, such as how to get the data out of their tractor and how to make it all work together so it becomes information.

Through the solving of these problems and the creation of this new interface Jason has unearthed a revenue source for farmers that nobody ever knew existed - data.  With Farmobile, farmers are now able to collect data in real time that they can combine with weather conditions, planting dates, etc. to make crucial decisions in the field.

This information has value to other professionals in the farming world as well, and Jason believes there is a market for it.  What Jason has done has created a way for farmers to sell another product that they were already harvesting but did not know there was a value for.

I wanted to bring you this episode because we are always looking for ways that farmers can enhance their revenues to make their business more sustainable.

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Facebook: LINK

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Aug 17 2018

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Rank #17: OFI 693: How To Buy A Farm By The Time You Are 21 | FFA SAE Edition | Blake Quiggins | Hart County High School FFA

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INTRODUCING BLAKE QUIGGINS!

I find myself being blown away by the FFA students that I get to interview on this show all the time.  When I am interviewing national star finalists that is especially true.  And, in my interview with Blake Quiggins today, I have encountered another first.

At an early age in the FFA Blake noticed that there was a need in his area for somebody to sell show supplies and to provide services around the showing industry.  This was the catalyst for Blake to start two businesses, Champion Show Supply and Premier Livestock Services.

Those two businesses took off, and today Blake is running a multi-state operation.  The use of entrepreneurship has allowed Blake, at just the age of 21, to purchase his own farm.  Blake has now started his own herd of registered cattle on the farm as well.

Blake is flushing embryos from his cattle and implanting them in to recipient cattle to grow his genetics at an even faster rate.  He credits having his own business as being what allows him to do this because a labor intense practice like embryo transferring requires you to be on the farm at times not of your choosing.

Today Blake is a finalist for the award of national star in agribusiness.  As a side note, his FFA Advisor is his older sister, who is 8 years older than him and had returned to his classroom as an ag teacher by the time he was in the FFA.

Interviewing students who are excelling like this is a great honor and inspiration.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Agribusiness

HIGH SCHOOL: Hart County High School; Munfordville, Kentucky

MASCOT: Raiders

FFA ADVISOR: Ashley Thomas

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR BLAKE QUIGGINS:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Hart County High School website:
Blake's FFA Advisors' Email Addresses: ashley.thomas@hart.kyschools.us

Hart County High School's Telephone Number: 270-524-2631

FFA LINKS:

National FFA Organization

Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE's)

Support FFA 

Donate to FFA - One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward.

REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:

Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:

“The future of American agriculture depends on the involvement and investment in America’s youth, In order to prepare for the population of tomorrow, we need to encourage America’s youth today, and show that careers in agriculture are profitable, rewarding, and vital.”.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue

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Oct 07 2019

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Rank #18: OFI 480: How To Find A True Business Opportunity

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I have had a lot of great business ideas (in my opinion).  So much so that one of the biggest challenges to being an entrepreneur for me is to not chase every "great" idea that comes into my head.  And thank goodness that I didn't because a great business idea is not necessarily a true business opportunity.

For the bulk of us listening to this show and considering entrepreneurship we have a lot at risk.  We cannot afford to chase every single business idea that comes to mind because they are unproven.  When I started my first business I figured that I had one shot.  One shot to make something that would prove I was capable of doing this.  In my own mind I could not justify putting my family through the expense and time away from me a second time.  So, I was careful.

Finding a true business opportunity is kind of like being careful.  Before we jump in with both feet we want to pay attention to some parameters.  We want to identify those ideas that give us the greatest chance for success.  Things that we already know something about.  We want to find something that we know something about that excites us as well.

Once we have done that we must go about figuring if it can make money, what the competition is and whether or not we can improve upon what is available.  We also need to give serious thought to what the purpose of us starting our own business really is.  There will be turbulence along the way, and if your purpose is only to make money then you might jump off of the train the first time it slows down when what you should be doing is riding it until it picks momentum back up.

Consider this episode a lesson in developing a real business opportunity.  I hope that when you decide to start your own business you will follow this template and give yourself the best possible chance to succeed.

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO "FFA TODAY" ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! "FFA Today" airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147

Jul 27 2018

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Rank #19: OFI 596: Becoming A Full-Time Farmer With Microgreens | Chris Benton | C&L Farms Grows

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KEY IDEAS: 

Our guest today has a passion for farming, a path to farming full-time and a job that he likes that might keep him from doing just that!

Chris Benton and his wife Leann are the owners and founders of C&L Farms Grows.  They have an 8 acre farm about 45 minutes outside of Atlanta, Georgia and they are focused on growing microgreens.  Chris told me that he chose microgreens for a number of reasons.  The fact that there is an almost immediate harvest and return, nobody in his area was doing it and they are so nutritious were among his top reasons for this decision.

The way that Chris and Leann developed their business is interesting as well.  Chris grew up around agriculture and wanted to be involved with that.  Leann did not necessarily have the same desire to farm, but she wanted to find a niche business that would allow her to work from home for a number of reasons.  Thus the business was developed.  It allows Chris to be involved in agriculture, and it allows Leann to stay at home.

In this episode Chris and I discuss a way of creating your off-farm income that I have never really focused on, and that is having a job but working from home.  This is what Chris does, so he rarely has to suffer through the notorious commutes associated with the Atlanta metro area.  The ability to work from home gives Chris a lot of the same flexibility that entrepreneurs have when it comes to farming.  When something comes up during the day that Leann needs help with, Chris can break away and help really quick.  This way, when Chris' work day ends, he does not have a list of things that have to get done at home.  He has already finished those.

This reminded me a flier that I received from the State of Montana a couple of years ago.  In an effort to get people who had attended college in Montana to return to the state they sponsored a "work from home" campaign.  The flier invited me to come back to Montana to live.  Then it gave instructions on how to convince your employer to allow you to work remotely so you could do just this.

I found this very innovative at the time since the State of Montana did not have the jobs to attract people back to the rural areas that they had left, but they thought outside the box on how to make this happen.

ADVICE FROM CHRIS:
COUPLE: If you are going to farm micro greens, start with just a couple of trays while you learn what you are doing.  Work out a system before you grow too fast.

OVERHEAD: This business is great in that not a lot of overhead is required.  It really lowers the barriers to entry.

NICHE: Chris found out that nobody in his area was growing or selling micro greens.  He chose this as his crop because he and Leanna could serve two local farmer's markets as well as restaurants with a product that was otherwise not available.

BEST BUSINESS ADVICE CHRIS HAS EVER RECEIVED:

"Be committed to success" - Chris states that without this commitment you will not make it through the hard times, and this advice has helped him in those very times.

RESOURCE RECOMMENDATION:

Chris highly recommends The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land as a book to help anyone get started in farming.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Website: LINK

Email: sales@clfarmsgrows.com

Facebook: LINK

Instagram: LINK
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Apr 19 2019

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Rank #20: OFI 662: Getting Outside Of Agriculture To Create Your Business | Improving My Skills In Florida

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If you are going to use entrepreneurship to help you create the farm dream you are looking for you will eventually have to leave agriculture.  What do I mean?  Well, many of the concepts that you are going to need to know to create a successful business in this day and age are going be taught be people that are not involved in farming.  So, you are going to have to go learn it from them, and then translate it back to agriculture.

Podcasting Remotely:

So, for this episode (because I am committed to keeping these Tuesday episodes fresh) I am recording this on my handheld recorder in a hotel room in Florida.  I am in Florida because I am practicing what I preach.  The day that this episode is released I am starting a four day conference on podcasting.  I can promise you that farming is not going to be discussed at this conference.  But everything that I learn is going to come back to my podcast to make it better.

So, I am making this trip all about fun and farming.  Doing this for a living is extremely fun, so it is easy to mix work and pleasure.  Also, I brought Autumm and Hattie with me, and that is a lot of fun as well.  So, while they tolerate me mixing in work with fun like typing up these show notes in our hotel room tonight, I get to learn a lot and help to produce a much better show for you.

We started by flying into Miami.  Believe it or not this was the cheapest flight we could find.  So, we flew into Miami to start the trip and rented a car to come north.  While we were there I had my eyes open for agricultural topics that I could find in the city.  I found one.  Iguana control!  Wow!  In the are we were in there were iguanas all over.  I will be following up these observations to find you a great interview with an iguana control specialist.

We drove north to the Tampa Bay area on Saturday in preparation for an "on-location" interview I had set up for Sunday at the Florida Aquarium.  A gentleman named Stephen Schwanebeck had made contact with me through the Off-Farm Income Facebook Page and it turned out that he was interested in what I was doing and had his own Facebook page about farming.

So, on Sunday I was able to meet with him at the aquarium and do an on-site interview about his journey and where he wants to go in the future with farming.

Thank you all for tuning in and enjoy the episode!
Where Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald Can Be Heard:
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Aug 13 2019

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