You’ve decided that the country life is for you. You’re ready to get back to your roots, to get closer to nature, and to become more self-reliant. Or maybe you already have your place in the country. You’ve been keeping livestock and a garden for years. But somehow you’ve run into difficulties. Your lifestyle just […]
Are draft animals outdated?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. […]
There are two attitudes toward farm internships prevalent in America today. The first is that of stubborn individualism, the rugged “gonna do it my way” philosophy commonly associated with farmers. The second is best described as, “What I need is some interns to get this place in shape!” In Fields of Farmers: Interning, Mentoring, Partnering, […]
The average American farmer is still getting older, and his net farm income is still declining. But the number of young farmers is increasing, the value of their production is above average, and the number of farms consisting of nine acres or less is on the rise. Here are the highlights from the 2017 USDA […]
Looking for ways to expand your small-farm dairy business? Milk offers many opportunities for diversifying your product offerings!
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—what […]
Agritourism is definitely not an enterprise every farmer will enjoy. However, for those who are energized by the idea of sharing the farm with the public, this business offers substantial benefits. Here are a few of the ways agritourism benefits the farmer, the community, and the public at large. Benefits to the Farmer All the […]
An overview of the advantages of sheep milk, the best breeds for dairying, and a few special care considerations.
A brief summary of all the options for making the most of your fiber business.
Running a farm or ranch is not the only way to cash in on your agricultural interest. These days, there are plenty of fields where a knowledge of agriculture and agricultural sciences can be a plus, and where you will have an opportunity to aid those who have chosen to work the land. Here are […]