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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 1395: An Exploding Entrepreneurial Venture & A Market You May Have Overlooked | Kendall Teichmeier | Axe Kickers

    OFI 1395: An Exploding Entrepreneurial Venture & A Market You May Have Overlooked | Kendall Teichmeier | Axe Kickers

    There are very few things that make me happier than when I can pull a gold nugget out of an interview that I know is going to be helpful to the listeners.  That definitely happened in my interview with Kendall Teichmeier today.
    Kendall works full-time in agriculture.  His first exposure was a fifteen year career of managing large hog operations in Nebraska until his body just could not handled the work any longer.  After a brief stint of factory work Kendall made his way back to agriculture and started working at a seed cleaning and production facility in Broken Bow, Nebraska, where he still is today.
    Recently Kendall has started a side hustle, which is exploding with business opportunities.  He started a company called "Axe Kickers", which is a mobile axe throwing lane that he can take to corporate events, fairs, festivals and even weddings.  He built it so that it can be set up indoors or out, and it just happens to be a lot of fun!  Word of mouth about Kendall's business is now spreading like wildfire, and it appears as though he is going to work every single day this fair season between his full-time job and his new business.  I couldn't be more excited for him.
    I also could not be more excited for you, because as Kendall told the story of developing this business he exposed me to a new idea.  And if the idea is new for me, I know it is new for almost all of you!
    In January of this year Kendall took his idea to the Nebraska Association Of Fair Managers annual conference.  He purchased space for a small booth and spent his time talking with the managers of all the county fairs in his state about the event that he had created.  Each one of these fair managers wants to have a successful fair, and the name of the game for success is people having fun.  So, several of these fair managers were very interested in his mobile axe throwing lane and contracted with him to come to their fair.
    I had never heard of an association like this or the fact that they had an annual convention with an expo hall in which performers, exhibitors, etc. could show off what they had to offer.  But as I listened to Kendall it occurred to me that all these different county fairs are a brand new market that many of us have never even considered.  And, most of probably had never given any thought to purchasing a booth at one of these conventions and having direct access to decision makers who can hire us!
    If you have a business, talent or event that could be a part of a fair, you should start researching this right away!
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    • 45 min
    OFI 1394: Direct Marketing Beef And Exhibiting Oxen At Fairs & Shows | Replay Of Episode #728

    OFI 1394: Direct Marketing Beef And Exhibiting Oxen At Fairs & Shows | Replay Of Episode #728

    On today's show we are going back into the archives to look at an off-farm business that generates revenue at fairs and festivals.  This is a great tie-in to tomorrow's ag business episode.  
    Mark Hufford has the fascinating business of doing educational displays and talks about the use of oxen in the frontier and colonial times.  Below are the original show notes from his first episode with us.  
    SHOW NOTES KEY IDEAS:  Today we are heading to Indiana to talk with a 6th generation farmer about how he and his wife changed their farming model to something that was more palatable and profitable for them. 
    Mark Hufford of Double M Farms will be joining us and talking all about their direct marketing model for beef as well as pork.  It is a bit different than what I do, and quite possibly a bit better. He was also be discussing one of his forms of off-farm income, raising oxen and taking them to exhibits and shows in their region.
    Mark has a lot of great advice for us in this episode and a great story.  He and his wife's pursuits have taken them all over the country to ultimately wind up back in Indiana and trying to figure out a way to make it in farming.  Today they are well on their way, and he will share that with us here today.
    CONTACT INFORMATION AND LINKS:
    Blog: http://www.thefarmerspitchfork.com
    Facebook Page: LINK
    Telephone: 765-268-2104
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    OFI 1393: You Can Work Hard & Still Have Fun | FFA SAE Edition | Lila Wantland | Niangua High School FFA

    OFI 1393: You Can Work Hard & Still Have Fun | FFA SAE Edition | Lila Wantland | Niangua High School FFA

    On this show, I have said that work is not the enemy, the wrong job is the enemy, on multiple occasions.  Today's guest, Lila Wantland, probably summed that statement up better than I have ever done in our interview.  This is one thing I love about interviewing FFA students.  They learn, early on, that work can be fun and it is all just a matter of finding the right work for them.
    Lila has grown up on her families dairy farm in Missouri, and she had fully embraced that life.  She milks cattle every day, and being a 99% family run operation, she has invested herself in every other aspect of the farm from the good to the bad.  She is particularly fond of taking care of the bottle calves but dreads when it is time to cull a long serving cow.
    Her family primarily milks Holstein cattle on their dairy, but over the years she became interested in other breeds of dairy cattle.  So, she found herself purchasing her own Guernsey, Jersey and Brown Swiss cows and putting them into the milking herd.  Lila finds herself very interested in all the different breeds as well as the different personalities that each of them has.
    In our interview I asked Lila if she was interested in returning to her families dairy at some point in the future.  While she is heading off to get an animal science degree at Oklahoma State University next year, returning to the dairy is not what she sees in her future.  I really admired this in her answer, as she has already figured out that even though the family dairy is the basis of her love for livestock and farming, she needs to find the path that she is meant to be on to find satisfaction in her daily work.
    SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Dairy Production
    HIGH SCHOOL: Niangua High School; Niangua, Missouri
    MASCOT: Cardinals
    FFA ADVISOR: Cody Starnes
    CONTACT INFORMATION FOR LILA WANTLAND:
    Click on the picture below to be taken to the Niangua High School website:

    Lila's FFA Advisor's Email Address: cstarnes@nianguaschools.com
    NianguaHigh School Telephone Number: (417)473-6101
    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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    • 24 min
    OFI 1392: Changing Strategies When It Means Less Work And More Money

    OFI 1392: Changing Strategies When It Means Less Work And More Money

    Today is a farm update episode everyone.  Here is what I will be talking about:
    A big strategy change in the way we are raising goats. Less means more Work smarter not harder The inverted bell curve of grass growth on our farm in Idaho I am unable to imagine being short on forage later this summer Some farmer/inventors who were innovating themselves out of an obstacle and found their invention being very desired and successful More Places You Can Listen to Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald:  
     

    • 23 min
    OFI 1391: Showing Farmers A New Way | FFA SAE Edition | Ethan Kneisler | Lyndon High School FFA

    OFI 1391: Showing Farmers A New Way | FFA SAE Edition | Ethan Kneisler | Lyndon High School FFA

    I've said it before, and I will say it again - I really enjoy interviewing FFA student entrepreneurs because they are not encumbered by fear and other responsibilities that frequently stop adults like myself from exploring business ideas.  With this fear being absent, these students go try ideas, and in many cases they discover businesses that work and are replicable by adults.  In this way, these high school students are actually the leaders for adults, if adults are willing to look at what they have done and follow the example.
    My guest today, Ethan Kneisler, is a perfect example of this.  Ethan is just finishing up his junior year of high school and lives in a farming community in Kansas.  He and his father came up with the idea of him starting a bale wrapping business in their area because they saw problems that they could solve on their own farm with this practice and then saw that others in their community had the same problems.  Namely, the need to produce more forage on a small acreage that would allow for the feeding of all the farm's livestock.  This led them to experimenting with different forage crops and balage, and it has worked out very well.
    Ethan is just going into his second season of operating "Jimmy's Custom Wrapping".  Through this business he is convincing people in his area of the ability to raise different forage crops and to have them wrapped.  There are a lot of positives to this method, and Ethan is making it pay for his customers.
    In listening to the arguments that Ethan has to overcome when convincing farmers to give this a try, I can hear a lot of reasons that an adult, with more to lose than Ethan, might dismiss this business and not start.  However, if an adult is willing to look at the example being set by a high school student like Ethan and trust what they are seeing, they can identify a very viable business idea for the region in which they live!
    SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Custom Bale Wrapping
    HIGH SCHOOL: Lyndon High School; Lyndon, Kansas
    MASCOT: Tigers
    FFA ADVISOR: Tim Kilgore
    CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ETHAN KNEISLER:
    Click on the picture below to be taken to the Lyndon High School website:

    Ethan's FFA Advisor's Email Address: kilgoret@usd421.org 
    Lyndon High School Telephone Number: 785-828-4413
    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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    • 36 min
    OFI 1390: "Deputy, I've Always Got A Trunk Full Of Avocados" | Rural Crime Edition

    OFI 1390: "Deputy, I've Always Got A Trunk Full Of Avocados" | Rural Crime Edition

    Tip Of The Week
    Before you pick fruit off of someone else’s tree, you might want to hear this episode.
    Rural Crime In The U.S.
    https://wgntv.com/news/nexstar-media-wire/video-shows-unusual-traffic-stop-chase-involving-horse-and-buggy/
    https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/is-it-legal-to-pick-mangos-off-your-neighbors-tree-14500558
    Across The Pond, Down Under And Up Above
    https://www.9news.com.au/national/man-accused-of-breaking-into-sydney-school-and-assaulting-farm-animals/38c4b129-2ea2-4e68-bafc-93b31f5c5efe
    https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/20148599.burglars-hit-herefordshire-home/
    https://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/20146919.secure-property-warning-generator-stolen-llangollen/
    Africa
    https://www.herald.co.zw/vet-department-works-on-cattle-branding-roll-out/
    https://issafrica.org/iss-today/rising-insecurity-a-setback-for-the-gambias-transition
    Chalk One Up For The Good Guys
    https://www.fresnosheriff.org/media-relations/ag-task-force-detectives-arrest-chemical-thief.html
    https://santamariatimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/lompoc-man-accused-of-drug-charges-stealing-avocados-in-goleta/article_a5861e96-80c8-5dca-8e2b-b7b05559c984.html
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

Stow1 ,

Love the episodes

Came here for the Brad Phares episode (which is great), but learned so much more from the other episodes. Thanks!

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Negative and complaining.

Host just wouldn’t get to the point. Just droned on and on about mundane life complaints. It’s like listening to a depressed relative at the dinner table.

yohann Geutenburg ,

Great podcast!

Matt brings a very interesting and informative podcast. I enjoy the interviews with FFA students, and entrepreneurs as well as his weekly bonus episodes. Keep up the great work Matt!

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