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Achieve The Farming Lifestyle You Are Looking For Through Entrepreneurship!

Off-Farm Income Matt Brechwald

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Achieve The Farming Lifestyle You Are Looking For Through Entrepreneurship!

    OFI 1421: Tractor Restoration & Dairy Heifers - A Student Interview Update | FFA SAE Edition | Holden Nuhn | Western Reserve High School FFA

    OFI 1421: Tractor Restoration & Dairy Heifers - A Student Interview Update | FFA SAE Edition | Holden Nuhn | Western Reserve High School FFA

    Holden Nuhn first appeared on the Off-Farm Income Podcast back in 2019 when he was a 9th grader on episode #623.  This was before Covid, and we had no idea what was coming!  Back then I was so impressed with his "could-do" attitude, and how he had found a way to show dairy animals even though he didn't have any of his own.
    On Today's episode, Holden is back!  We are going to be catching up on what he has been doing in the FFA for the past four years.  I'll give you a hint - he really got involved with supervised agricultural experiences!  And, he is now restoring his third tractor and finding great success with this endeavor.
    Below are the original show notes from my interview with Holden back in 2019.
    Show Notes Hosting this show always gives me the opportunity to interview people who find a way to make things happen.  Whether it be my adult or student guests, I am always lucky enough to speak with people who have a "can do" attitude.
    That is really what stood out to me in today's interview with Holden Nuhn.  Holden actually started buying and raising dairy feeder calves when he was in the 3rd grade.  By the time he was in the 6th grade he decided that he wanted to start showing dairy heifers.  However, he did not have the facilities or herd to do that.  But, he did not allow that stop him.
    Holden made a connection with a local dairy farmer and worked out an agreement in which he could lease a heifer to show.  They have a great agreement, which he talks about in the show, where they both benefit.  It is truly a great example of a situation in which both parties win.
    SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Dairy Production & Tractor Restoration
    HIGH SCHOOL: Western Reserve High School; Collins, Ohio
    MASCOT: Rough Riders
    FFA ADVISOR: Mark Starkey
    CONTACT INFORMATION FOR HOLDEN NUHN:
    Click on the picture below to be taken to the Western Reserve High School Website:

    Holden's FFA Advisor's Email Address: mstarkey@western-reserve.org
    Western Reserve High School Telephone Number: (419) 660.8508
    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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    • 26 min
    OFI 1420: Rural Crime In Paradise! | Rural Crime Episode

    OFI 1420: Rural Crime In Paradise! | Rural Crime Episode

    Tip Of The Week
    Steel, Copper & Fuel are all expensive - guard anything of value right now.
    Rural Crime In The U.S.
    https://www.salina.com/story/news/2022/06/15/salina-grain-elevator-sees-theft-over-30-k-copper-wire/7610694001/
    https://www.wbko.com/2022/06/15/ohio-county-sheriffs-office-searching-stolen-vintage-plow/
    https://www.14news.com/2022/06/14/mpd-looking-stolen-skid-steer-belonging-pollard-sons-excavating/
    Across The Pond, Down Under And Up Above
    https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40897088.html
    https://m.farms.com/ag-industry-news/top-prairie-and-national-stories-from-the-first-half-of-2022/
    Africa
    https://saharareporters.com/2022/06/15/police-arrest-87-suspected-boko-haram-terrorists-kidnappers-others-north-east-nigeria
    https://www.the-star.co.ke/counties/eastern/2022-06-13-bandits-kill-herder-steal-over-60-cattle-in-marsabit/
    Chalk One Up For The Good Guys
    https://www.hawaiipolice.com/6-13-22-police-arrest-and-charge-three-in-agricultural-theft-investigation
    https://www.outtherecolorado.com/news/trailhead-theft-suspects-face-22-charges-in-colorado-after-arrest-including-multiple-felonies/article_1ed09124-e8e3-11ec-ab63-0fe700ede1e9.html
     
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    • 37 min
    OFI 1419: A Brewery Evolving From The Bathroom To Main Street | Trent & Vicki Bushner | Tumbleweed Brewing & Wine Company

    OFI 1419: A Brewery Evolving From The Bathroom To Main Street | Trent & Vicki Bushner | Tumbleweed Brewing & Wine Company

    Soooo, you want to know what my favorite business that I've ever profiled on the show is do you?  Well, I still can't pick, but a brewery where delicious beers, delectable meals and lots of fun are all located has to be in the top three!
    Today's guests, Trent and Vicki Bushner, are full-time farmers in Yuma County, Colorado.  And for the past 25+ years, Trent has just happened to be a hobby brewer.  So, a couple of years back when a young man they knew invested in a building on Main Street in Yuma City and was looking for new businesses to fill out the downtown area asked, they said "yes, now is the time to start a brewery".  Tumbleweed Brewing & Wine Company was born!
    The farming heritage in Trent's family goes way back. Trent was too young to remember much but did get to meet his great-grandfather who was 4 years old and living near battlefields in Missouri during the Civil War.  That eventually translated to farming in the Eastern Plains of Colorado, first as dry land with irrigation infrastructure eventually being developed to the point that now it is about 50/50.
    We recorded this interview in April, and at that point Trent and Vicki had only seen .5 inches of measurable precipitation since harvest of 2021.  They already had some crop failures this year, and we've got our fingers crossed for them that between the time we recorded the interview and when it airs that they get a lot of rain.  Just in case they don't, the next time you drive across the plains, take a different route and wet your whistle in Yuma, Colorado at Tumbleweed Brewing & Wine Company!
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    • 42 min
    OFI 1418: A Great Entrepreneurship Opportunity For You And Farming In Your Apartment | Re-Cap Episode

    OFI 1418: A Great Entrepreneurship Opportunity For You And Farming In Your Apartment | Re-Cap Episode

    Tomorrow we are featuring a farm couple who has started a fun and successful brewery in Eastern Colorado.  I thought a look back and the opportunities surrounding hop farming would fit right in.
    Below are the original show notes:
    SHOW NOTES KEY IDEAS: 
    I have three themes that I want to cover this week.  All of them have to do with entrepreneurship:
    Hop Farming Business Opportunities
    Currently we are planting record acreage of hops in the United States and there is still a shortage for craft beer brewers.  People are planting hops in small areas all around the United States to support their craft brewing hobbies or businesses.  In order to use and grow the hops certain things need to be done.  This creates an opportunity to serve these farmers.  This is very similar to the journey that Jonathan Demcak described in episode #12.  Here are some of the things they need:
    Poles High-Tensile Cable Twine Pitching and Drying Equipment Gorst Valley Hops (Supplier) Bine Implement (Supplier) Vertical Farming
    I read about vertical farming a couple of weeks ago and had to share this with you.  People are using hydroponics to turn spare bedrooms and garages into farms!  They are suppling restaurants with fresh greens and making money.  The article I am linked to here profiles a gentleman named Dan Albert from Seattle, Washington who left his day job just to run his vertical farming business.
    This proves that anyone can farm.  Even if you live in an apartment in the middle of a big city!
    Loneliness
    This is a bigger problem than you would think in entrepreneurship.  Once you go to work for yourself a sense of isolation can creep in pretty easily.  In agriculture many of the tips and tricks to combat this will not work.  However, the effects of this can also be countered by being outside, in the sun, working with animals and receiving intrinsic rewards from your efforts.
    But, this is something that I have experienced, just in missing the hustle and bustle of things going on around me.  I have tried to replicate this occasionally by doing some of my computer work at a McDonald's where people are coming and going.
    Here is an article that discusses some of "loneliness pitfalls" of being and entrepreneur and how to deal with them.  Remember that we have to take this "non-agricultural" information and convert back to make sense in our world.
    Forbes.com
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    • 41 min
    OFI 1417: Starting An Agricultural Podcast Business In High School | FFA SAE Edition | Kyleigh Render | Belgrade FFA Chapter

    OFI 1417: Starting An Agricultural Podcast Business In High School | FFA SAE Edition | Kyleigh Render | Belgrade FFA Chapter

    I am always happy and honored when a listener reached out and requests to be part of the show.  Sometimes it is a fit, and sometimes it is not, but I am always thrilled that they want to be part of what we are doing here.  Our guest today is one such listener.  Kyleigh Render is a very impressive FFA student.  She will be "graduating" from high school in one month, but there is a twist to her story.  Kyleigh is homeschooled, so her experience has been a bit different.
    During Kyleigh's freshman year of high school, she actually did attend school on campus with other students.  This was in Michigan.  She took an agriculture class that semester, and thus, she was automatically enrolled in the FFA.  This stuck.  She relished the group and the roles that she could play.  Soon, her parents decided to move to be by family just outside of Belgrade, Montana and she went back to homeschooling.  However, she took it it upon herself to seek out the Belgrade FFA Chapter and inquire about membership.  They were very familiar with having homeschool students in their chapter, and she was welcomed right in.
    Today, as Kyleigh looks forward to her career after high school, she is very motivated to educate others about and advocate for agriculture.  As a result, she started "The Farmer's Story Podcast" this previous February, and she has been telling the stories of how food gets grown and produced in the U.S. ever since.  Her long term goal is to interview a farmer from every state in the U.S.
    Kyleigh wants to build "The Farmer's Story Podcast" into a full-time career, and she is ready to launch!  Just as soon as her high school career ends, she will be off to the races!
    SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: The Farmer's Story Podcast
    HIGH SCHOOL: Homeschooled and part of the Belgrade FFA Chapter; Belgrade, Montana
    MASCOT: Panthers
    FFA ADVISOR: Kyle Gavin
    CONTACT INFORMATION FOR KYLEIGH RENDER:
    Click on the picture below to be taken to the Belgrade High School website:

    Kyleigh's FFA Advisor's Email Address: kgavin@bsd44.org
    Belgrade High School Telephone Number: 406 388 6862
    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 1416: Is An Economic Downturn About To Test Our Business Models?

    OFI 1416: Is An Economic Downturn About To Test Our Business Models?

    I have been saying for quite sometime that direct marketing grass finished beef at a premium price was the equivalent of selling a luxury item and that when the economy got bad there would be less customers for this type of product.  I've also been curious about the entire local food movement that has been growing and thriving for so many years now.
    I believe that it is a foregone conclusion that the American economy, and really, the world economy, is heading into a recession or is already in one.  So, my predictions and quite possibly my business model is about to be tested.  A couple of things to consider going into this are:
    If demand for locally produced or premium agricultural products decreases, can you lower your prices and survive as a business? Will demand for beef in general diminish and be replaced with more chicken and pork consumption? Will the memory of empty grocery shelves during the pandemic be enough motivation for people to continue to support local agriculture in spite of higher prices? Will your off-farm business lose business due to people having less disposable income, such as an agritourism business? If your off-farm business serves farmers, will they start doing the service you provide themselves to save money? More Places You Can Listen to Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald:  
     

    • 50 min

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