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Matt Brechwald from The Off-Farm Income Podcast reveals business tips and strategies specific to agricultural businesses. We discuss starting, funding and marketing small businesses specific to agriculture. Learn how to escape your mundane job in the city, fund your farm, move to the country, purchase your first farm, work in agriculture, become an entrepreneur, improve rural communities and live your dream!



To provide you with this information Matt interviews business owners from all aspects of agricultural service. He also interviews the experts that can help you get started farming or ranching. Matt also draws on his own experience of quitting his 15 year career as a police officer and becoming and entrepreneur.

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Matt Brechwald from The Off-Farm Income Podcast reveals business tips and strategies specific to agricultural businesses. We discuss starting, funding and marketing small businesses specific to agriculture. Learn how to escape your mundane job in the city, fund your farm, move to the country, purchase your first farm, work in agriculture, become an entrepreneur, improve rural communities and live your dream!



To provide you with this information Matt interviews business owners from all aspects of agricultural service. He also interviews the experts that can help you get started farming or ranching. Matt also draws on his own experience of quitting his 15 year career as a police officer and becoming and entrepreneur.

    OFI 915: How To Honestly Assess Your Strengths And Weaknesses | FFA SAE Edition | Maddie Fugate | Mahomet-Seymour High School FFA

    OFI 915: How To Honestly Assess Your Strengths And Weaknesses | FFA SAE Edition | Maddie Fugate | Mahomet-Seymour High School FFA

    SHOW NOTES

    INTRODUCING MADDIE FUGATE!

    The level of maturity that I see in FFA students is like no other population of youth that I have ever seen.  Today's guest, Maddie Fugate, demonstrates this unbelievably well.



    Early on in Maddie's FFA career she knew that she wanted to achieve at a high level.  As a freshman in high school she was thinking that becoming a national officer was where she should land.  Maddie did something at that point that many more of us should do.  She gave some serious thought to her own strengths and weaknesses and assessed whether or not they matched up with becoming a national officer.  Her conclusion was that they did not.



    That realization took Maddie back to the drawing board to figure out what high level of achievement in the FFA matched up with her natural abilities.  It dawned on her that winning an American Star Award was the achievement to shoot for.  With that in mind, Maddie started figuring out which American Star to go after.



    Maddie was naturally curious and wanted deeper answers to things that other people just accepted without asking why.  This led her to trying to figure out the best way to decontaminate truck tires to avoid spreading disease on pig farms.  The answer was there and it was agriscience research.  Maddie began pursuing research and coming up with answers about biosecurity in the swine industry.



    Her exceptional ability and natural curiosity is what has led her to the national stage as an American Star Finalist.  If you are listening to this episode or reading this on the day of its release, she finds out tonight if she is the winner.  No matter what happens at the convention, the rest of us are winners.  Maddie is going to be improving agriculture for the rest of her life!



    Good luck Maddie!



    SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Biosecurity In The Swine Industry



    HIGH SCHOOL: Mahomet-Seymour High School; Mahomet, Illinois



    MASCOT: Bowldogs



    FFA ADVISOR: Jennifer Wherley



    CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MADDIE FUGATE:

    Click on the picture below to be taken to the Mahomet-Seymour High School FFA website:



    Maddie's FFA Advisor's Email Address: jwherley@ms.k12.il.us

    Mahomet-Seymour High School's Telephone Number: 217-586-4962

    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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    OFI 914: The Short Pitchfork And A New Opportunity For A Rural Small Business

    OFI 914: The Short Pitchfork And A New Opportunity For A Rural Small Business

    SHOW NOTES



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    There is an exciting new opportunity emerging for small businesses in rural areas across America.  We talk about this in today's episode as well as the significance of a short pitchfork.  We hope you enjoy this show!



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    OFI 913: How A Pivot Led To Entrepreneurial Success And An American Star Nomination | FFA SAE Edition | Blake Kirchhoff | Superior High School FFA

    OFI 913: How A Pivot Led To Entrepreneurial Success And An American Star Nomination | FFA SAE Edition | Blake Kirchhoff | Superior High School FFA

    SHOW NOTES

    INTRODUCING BLAKE KIRCHHOFF!

    Blake Kirchhoff was on the Off-Farm Income Podcast not too long ago in episode #380.  At that time I was speaking with him about his 2017 National Proficiency Award in forage production.  Now he is back on the show as an American Star Finalist!  I am very excited for Blake and always excited when a previous guest reaches these heights!



    Good luck to Blake, and below are the show notes from his first appearance on the show:

    PREVIOUS EPISODE SHOW NOTES:

    The FFA is unbelievable, and this week just proves that.  My two FFA guests this week have to be two of the most incredible students in the country.  Both are in their first year of college now, and I cannot think of another organization in the country that kind attract raw talent like this, develop it and put it on display.



    Blake Kirchhoff is the second guest of this week to blow me away.  Following Eric Porter in episode #379 is not easy to do, but Blake is up to the task.



    At age 14 Blake started his SAE in FFA.  He wanted to do something that was all his own.  So, in spite of the fact that his father and grandfather were experienced row crop farmers, he decided to start a custom hay swathing business.  He chose this because nobody in his family knew anything about it, so he had to learn it all on his own.  In his words, this gave him the opportunity to test his abilities.



    Blake also discovered a niche in his community.  Nobody was baling small bales of hay any more and researched whether or not anyone could use them any longer.  His research showed him that his hunch was correct, and he started baling small bales.  Now he is pairing up farmers with too many small bales with folks who need them.  His idea worked!



    SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Custom Swathing Business



    HIGH SCHOOL: Superior High School; Superior, Nebraska



    MASCOT: Wildcats



    FFA ADVISOR: Seth Going



    CONTACT INFORMATION FOR BLAKE KIRCHHOFF:

    Click on the picture below to be taken to the Superior High School FFA website:



    Blake's FFA Advisor's Email Address: sgoing@superiorwildcats.org

    Superior High School's Telephone Number: 402-879-3257

    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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    Eco-Terrorism And Sabotage Of Livestock Feed | Rural Crime Bonus Episode

    Eco-Terrorism And Sabotage Of Livestock Feed | Rural Crime Bonus Episode

    SHOW NOTES

    Here are the links to the stories that we covered this week.  I hope the tips and advice in this episode can help you prevent crime on your farms!



    Tip Of The Week



    Meet a deputy and go to a community meeting at your local Sheriff's Office.



    Rural Crime In The U.S.



    https://www.wctv.tv/2020/10/23/shooter-confesses-to-nearby-farmer-after-double-murder-in-brooks-county/



    Excited Utterance. A statement relating to a startling event or condition, made while the declarant was under the stress of excitement that it caused.\



    https://www.abc12.com/2020/10/22/reward-offered-after-farmer-lost-500000-worth-of-silage-to-alleged-sabotage/



    https://13wham.com/news/local/police-5000-worth-of-honeycrisp-apples-stolen-from-wny-farm



    Where The 2nd Amendment Does Not Exist



    https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/business/farming/2587147/farm-security-warnings-amid-rising-crime/



    https://www.fwi.co.uk/news/crime/durham-farmer-gutted-after-187-silage-bales-slashed



    Chalk One Up For The Good Guys



    https://nbc-2.com/news/crime/2020/10/21/accused-horse-slayer-may-be-connected-to-collier-county-slaughters/



    https://www.walb.com/2020/10/16/alabama-cattle-broker-guilty-k-livestock-theft/?outputType=amp



     

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    OFI 912: The Stigma Of Mental Health In Agriculture | Jason Medows | Ag State Of Mind

    OFI 912: The Stigma Of Mental Health In Agriculture | Jason Medows | Ag State Of Mind

    SHOW NOTES









    The world of agricultural podcasting is a small one.  I have been saying for years that we need more agricultural people to jump into this space.  On today's show we are lucky enough to profile somebody who has!



    Jason Medows launched his agricultural podcast, Ag State Of Mind, just over a year ago, and he got off to a great start.  Based on his own personal experiences as well as a topic specific to agriculture that been brought into the light, Jason decided to focus his show on the mental health of farmers.  Over the past 14 months as Jason has been producing his weekly show, he has come to realize that while there was a dire need to discuss mental health, there is just as significant of a need to talk about all health issues for farmers.



    Today, Ag State Of Mind, is transitioning from focusing exclusively on mental health to all health topics for farmers.  Jason is doing all of this while farming with his wife and four sons.  Plus he is maintaining his town job as a pharmacist.  He has a great perspective on keeping the town job while farming and pursuing the agricultural lifestyle.



    I am positive that after hearing this episode you will be both a fan and a listener of Jason Medows and Ag State Of Mind.

    HOW TO CONTACT JASON:

    Website: LINK



    Facebook: LINK



    Instagram: LINK



    Twitter: LINK

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    • 47 min
    How To Use Farm Transition To Get Started Farming | Bonus Episode | John Baker | International Farm Transition Network

    How To Use Farm Transition To Get Started Farming | Bonus Episode | John Baker | International Farm Transition Network

    On our Tuesday episode this week I answered a listener's question about how to get started in farming.  I talked quite a bit about farm transition and actually messaged him privately suggesting that he listen to episodes 20 and 22 of the Off-Farm Income Podcast when I interviewed John Baker and Adam Kline about how to do this.



    Since those episodes are in the archives now, I thought I would replay them over the next two Thursdays to help people who still need this information, find it.  Today we will start with John Baker.  The show notes from the original episode are below.

    SHOW NOTES

    In 1996, when I was finishing college, I learned of a program that matched retiring farmers up with new and upcoming farmer.  At the time I did not pursue anything because I limited myself by my choice of where I wanted to farm.  However, I have never forgot about this program or opportunity.  It seemed like such a natural idea and made so much sense.

    So, 19 years later I finally purchased a farm, but in order to get one I had to buy a place with no infrastructure and no agricultural production taking place.  I thought of this program again as I would love to have been matched up with a retiring farmer who could mentor me and show me exactly how things worked on his property.

    When I began the podcast I knew immediately that I wanted to tell my listeners about this program, the International Farm Transition Network.  What an opportunity for aspiring farmers to help keep a retiring farmer's land and farm in production.  Now, there are "Farm Link" programs in several states as well as Canada that match up these two symbiotic groups.

    Our interview with John Baker, the Chairman of the International Farm Transition Network, highlights how the program works.  John discusses some of the obstacles to matching up our aging farmers with "young farmers."  He also discusses the difficulties in getting existing farmers signed into the program.

    John offers significant insight about how to make yourself standout when a farmer is viewing your application to take over his or her farm.  He also discusses some the communication challenges.  For example, the bulk of agricultural land owners in the United States that are transitioning farm property are elderly women who have outlived their husbands.  Significant generational and communication gaps exist, and it is incumbent upon the aspiring farmer to figure out how to bridge these gaps.

    I hope you enjoy this episode and the rest of the "farm specific" episodes in April.  I hope this can assist you in making your dream of owning and operating your own farm a reality.

        CONTACT INFORMATION:

    IFTN Website: LINK

    List of State Farm Link Programs: LINK









    FARM LINK PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS, THE INTERNATIONAL FARM TRANSITION NETWORK AND THE BEGINNING FARMER CENTER, IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY: LINK

    John Baker's Contact Page At Iowa State University: LINK

    John Baker's Telephone Number: (800) 447-1985

    John Baker's Email Address: jrbaker@iastate.edu



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