Are draft animals outdated?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”
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,Continue reading “Fields of Farmers”
Despite falling income and rising producer ages, a continued rise in small farm numbers signals hope for agriculture.
Looking for ways to expand your small-farm dairy business? Milk offers many opportunities for diversifying your product offerings! Here are some common ways to add value to farm-fresh milk. Cream Cream is not one of the more popular value-added dairy products around, but it does have a loyal following among health-conscious customers. Fresh, raw creamContinue reading “Adding Value to Milk”
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.
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 areContinue reading “11 Applications for an Agricultural Interest Besides Farming”
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”