Are draft animals outdated? Definitely not, teamsters of all types would be happy to tell you. Draft animals have several advantages over machinery, especially when it comes to sustainable agriculture. They don’t require petroleum to run, they are less likely to compact the soil, and they can provide a valuable boost to soil nutrient levels.Continue reading “3 Promising Niches for Draft Animals”
Often it is the novelty that first attracts people to the idea of raising elk. But those who do their research have the potential to cash in on a profitable enterprise. While starting an elk ranch will require attention to legalities, fencing, safe handling facilities, and the like, one of the first questions begged is—whatContinue reading “8 Ideas for an Elk Business”
Agritourism fosters a symbiotic relationship between the farmer, the public, and the community. It fits well with a balanced definition of sustainable agriculture.
Want to do something a little different with your family farm or ranch? How about raising bison? From a land stewardship perspective, there are some major advantages to raising bison. Despite their size, these animals are far easier on pastures than most types of domestic livestock, fostering a healthy grassland ecosystem. Furthermore, they are hardyContinue reading “8 Ideas for a Bison Business”
Selling your own produce directly from your own farm can be quite a challenge, but one with rich rewards.
Agripreneurs have to be careful to keep up with the legal aspects of their businesses. Fortunately, the Kansas Department of Agriculture has put together a series of licensing guides to help innovative business owners see at a glance what permits and licenses will be necessary. The PDF downloads cover many types of businesses: Agritourism. Aquaculture.Continue reading “Kansas Department of Agriculture Licensing Guides”
Agritourism is one of the most popular trends in small farms today. Some producers love to share their crops and pastures with guests, often taking the opportunity to educate people about farming and ranching, both conventional and alternative. Is this an enterprise that you have considered adding to your farm? If so, you might beContinue reading “9 Unique Agritourism Ideas”
Is it time to trade in the tractor for a draft team? You be the judge.