Many producers utilize off-farm jobs to generate additional income and procure benefits such as health insurance and retirement funding. This raises the question, particularly for smaller farms, of how to balance off-farm employment while maintaining a successful operation at home. When deciding whether you can (or should) manage an off-farm job, here’s some things to consider.
FarmStart is a unique agricultural investment program that opens the doors for beginning farmers and ag businesses to obtain capital to get their farm operations off the ground. Myra Marcellin, Senior Loan Officer, shares her thoughts on this beginning farmer program from an advisor's perspective.
One of the challenges in discussing and measuring agritourism is defining it. Are all farm-based retail operations considered “agritourism,” or merely those which offer farm experiences beyond simply purchasing farm products? The boundaries of agritourism activities remains difficult and are discussed further in this article.
Focus is critical to a successful farm operation and there are five building blocks to help achieve it: Vision, Priority, Hard Work, Discipline and Passion. If you want to build a great farm team, learn how each of these building blocks can lead you in the right direction.