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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.

Off-Farm Income Matt Brechwald

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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 916: How To Start A Mobile Seed Cleaning Business | Aaron Tiemeyer | Mill Creek Mobile Seed Cleaning

    OFI 916: How To Start A Mobile Seed Cleaning Business | Aaron Tiemeyer | Mill Creek Mobile Seed Cleaning

    SHOW NOTES









    I have been very excited to release this episode.  In our interview with Aaron Tiemeyer, talking about his mobile seed cleaning business, we uncover a trend that is happening in farming.  In a previous episode we did about mobile grain roasting our guest notified us that he believed his business would work because smaller farmers were being forced to drive further and possibly not get their grain roasted because consolidated businesses only had time for people with larger amounts of grain.  That interview was out of Virginia.



    In this episode Aaron Tiemeyer cites the very same reason that he has been able to succeed with his mobile seed cleaning business.  The difference is that he is in Kansas.  From Virginia to Kansas, smaller farmers are experiencing the same thing.  As rural communities shrink and farms become bigger, the service providers for those farmers consolidate and only offer services in more centrally located urban areas.  For smaller farmers they often can't get their seed cleaned or their grain roasted because they don't offer enough business to the service provider.  And, if they can get in they have to drive further at greater expense and greater loss of time.  If all of this was not enough, they feel abandoned and unappreciated.



    While this trend is a negative, the opportunity it creates for a small business is very exciting.  A person that can put together a mobile business to provide seed cleaning, grain roasting or something different can solve all of the small farmer's problems while finding a way to make a living in an area with disappearing jobs.  At the same time the small farmer is feeling valued again.  It is a very positive thing to come out of a potentially negative trend.



    In today's episode Aaron will discuss how he got his business started, what he did to bootstrap his mobile business and what other people should look for to decide if a business like this is a possibility for them.

    HOW TO CONTACT AARON:

    Facebook: LINK

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    Member Of The National Association Of Farm Broadcasters

    • 54 min
    The Legalities Of Farm Transition And Succession | Bonus Episode With Adam Kline | Farm Transition Attorney

    The Legalities Of Farm Transition And Succession | Bonus Episode With Adam Kline | Farm Transition Attorney

    SHOW NOTES

    Here are the show notes from my first interview with Adam Kline.  I wanted to go back to these great interviews on farm succession over the past two bonus episodes.  Let me know if you have any questions:

    I would like to introduce you to Adam Kline this week.  Adam is a business succession attorney with Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He is from a farming family and is significantly invested in agriculture.

    In this episode Adam helps us continue learning about obtaining our farms.  There are many obstacles to entry for new farmers.  Land, equipment and "know how" are just three of the potential obstacles.  Farm succession planning helps both the transitioning farmer and the new farmer overcome all of these obstacles.

    Adam has significant expertise in this area and lays out many great points and facts that one needs to know prior to transitioning a farm.

    Adam's interview is the next step in understanding how to obtain our farms.  In episode #20 we talked about the International Farm Transition Program and different methods to locate farmers who are looking to transition out of their operation.  In this episode we take the next step: what do do once you find the farm and farmer you are transitioning to.

    SUCCESSION ADVISORS RECOMMENDED BY ADAM:

    Kevin Spafford: Adam suggested Kevin's company, eLegacyConnect, as a valuable resource for succession consulting.

    Wittman Consulting: Adam also recommended Wittman Consulting as a valuable resource for succession consulting.

    Transition Point Business Advisors: Adam recommended Transition Point Business Advisors as well when it comes time for your transition.

    CONTACT INFORMATION:

    Adam's Telephone Number: 317-684-5319

    Adam's Twitter Page: LINK

    Adam's Email: akline@boselaw.com

    Bose McKinney & Evans LLP: LINK

    Bose McKinney & Evans LLP: FACEBOOK PAGE 

    • 52 min
    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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    • 43 min
    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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    Member Of The National Association Of Farm Broadcasters

    • 28 min
    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 Winner!  He was named the 2020 American Star in Agribusiness due to his incredible success with this hay business.  I am very excited for Blake and always excited when a previous guest reaches these heights!



    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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    • 31 min
    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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    Member Of The National Association Of Farm Broadcasters

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

owen severne ,

Great Pod!

I really like this podcast, and it’s format!

Sadiedr ,

Great podcast

Love this podcast! Love hearing all the success stories!!

HelpFul lady ,

Love this show

I am a farmer. Before I moved to the farm full time, I would listen to this show during my morning and afternoon commute. I loved hearing all of the success stories of people who were living their dream of being on the farm. I also enjoy learning about and listening to the stories of the agriculture students who have started successful businesses. It is great to see and hear about young people who know what they want at such a young age. Thanks Matt for a great and informative podcast and for all that you do for the agricultural community.

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