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Achieve The Farming Lifestyle You Are Looking For Through Entrepreneurship!

Off-Farm Income Matt Brechwald

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    • 4.4 • 87 Ratings

Achieve The Farming Lifestyle You Are Looking For Through Entrepreneurship!

    OFI 1429: Following The Family Legacy And Going Your Own Way | Featured Freshman Episode | Tessa Camacho | Minarets High School FFA

    OFI 1429: Following The Family Legacy And Going Your Own Way | Featured Freshman Episode | Tessa Camacho | Minarets High School FFA

    Tessa Camacho is the very first "featured freshman" guest to come on the Off-Farm Income Podcast.  And she came highly recommended by a previous guest, Mackenzie Camacho, who happens to be her older sister.  You might remember MacKenzie from episode #1195 when she was an American Star Finalist, and when I was lucky enough to meet her in person at the National FFA Convention in 2021.
    Tessa is part of long family legacy in the FFA.  Both her parents were members and regional officers, and both of her older sisters are still involved in the FFA.  Seeing that many blue jackets around the house, it was natural for Tessa to follow in those footsteps.  In addition to all of that, she has been participating in the 4H for several years showing pigs, and it was a natural transition in the FFA.  All of this time in the show arena has already paid dividends as well, as Tessa has been highly recognized for her showmanship skills with pigs.

    • 20 min
    OFI 1428: Back On The Farm.....With Stories And A Special Episode Announcement

    OFI 1428: Back On The Farm.....With Stories And A Special Episode Announcement

    Today is the first time I've been behind the microphone since 6/21/22 and the first time I've been on the farm since 6/22/22.  I've got stories to share!  Plus, we are doing something special with FFA interviews for the rest of the summer.  
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    • 49 min
    OFI 1427: Happy Fourth Of July All You Agricultural Patriots!

    OFI 1427: Happy Fourth Of July All You Agricultural Patriots!

    Hi Everyone.  Just a quick episode today while I am out celebrating our Declaration Of Independence to say Happy Fourth Of July and thank you for all you do in agriculture!
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    • 2 min
    OFI 1426: Rural Crime Prevention Tips

    OFI 1426: Rural Crime Prevention Tips

    I was have not been in or anywhere close to the farm studio all week.  Since, I produce the rural crime episodes "fresh", the day before they publish each week, I was not able to produce one for you this week up to the quality standard that I hold myself to.
    In lieu of a "stale" rural crime episode I decided to share the rural crime prevention tips that I created for Sirius XM Channel 147 with you.  I am hoping that you will listen to these as you drive the tractor or get down the road in the pickup and that one of them will give you an idea that helps to prevent crime on your farm!
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    • 25 min
    OFI 1425: The Hustle Of An Agricultural Entrepreneur | Eliza Walton | Martin's Feed Mill & Sinking Creek Meats

    OFI 1425: The Hustle Of An Agricultural Entrepreneur | Eliza Walton | Martin's Feed Mill & Sinking Creek Meats

    I did an episode a few months back titled "it was all because I wanted cattle".  Everything that is currently true about my present and future lifestyle can be traced back to this one desire.  Today's guest has the same type of story, and oh, where that has taken her.
    In addition to a love for cattle and a desire to have raising livestock be a part of her life, Eliza Walton has hustle....major hustle.  She has been building her cattle herd since she was in high school, and she has moved her herd across the state of Pennsylvania multiple times as her father has made moves.  Each time she has done this her herd has been bigger than the previous time, and she has had to find a farm to raise them on.
    The last time this took place Eliza had just recently finished college.  Her father had purchased a feed mill in Coburn, Pennsylvania named "Martin's Feed Mill", and she went to work for him.  For the next five years, she learned the business.  Then, it was time for her father to move on to the next adventure.  However, this time, Eliza would stay when her dad went.
    Eliza purchased Martin's Feed Mill and began running it with their twelve employees, carving out a niche of delivering feed for free to customers who ordered 500 lbs or more, when her competitors will not deliver under 3,000 lb orders.  In addition to the feed mill, Eliza still had the cattle herd to tend.  She struck up a business relationship with her business partner in another business, Sinking Creek Meats, and was able to provide the cattle herd while her partner provided the farm.  Then, they started direct marketing individual cuts of meat.
    Today, Eliza is actually owner of or partner in three agricultural businesses.  However, she is where she wants to be, she is growing her businesses and she is tending to her cattle.  She is also continually opening up new doors that only entrepreneurs tend to see, and she is going places!
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    • 44 min
    OFI 1424: Replay Of Overcoming Adversity And Thriving In Agricultural Business | Sandy Hansen-Wolff | AgVenture Feed & Seed Copy

    OFI 1424: Replay Of Overcoming Adversity And Thriving In Agricultural Business | Sandy Hansen-Wolff | AgVenture Feed & Seed Copy

    Tomorrow I am profiling a young lady that has dove into the feed business in a huge way.  As a great lead in to that interview, I chose to replay this powerful interview with Sandy Hansen-Wolff about the challenges she faced and the things she overcame in establishing her own feed and see business.
    The original show notes can be found below.
     SHOW NOTES KEY IDEAS: 
    Our guest today was thrust into the world of agribusiness in a situation that she would have never chosen. However 16 years after this happened she finds herself running a successful feed and seed business, feeling innovative as an entrepreneur and realizes that although she never realized it, she had entrepreneurial tendencies even as a child.
    Sandy Hansen-Wolff is the owner of AgVenture Feed & Seed.  She found herself with this business at the age of 30 after her husband passed away.  Sandy did not know a lot about the business when this happened and found herself with the responsibility for making it solvent before selling it could even be considered.  However the sale never came as she discovered that running this business was rewarding and fulfilling.
    Today, Sandy has the business and she is a sought after speaker, coach and entrepreneur.  She gets to spread her message of entrepreneurship all over the country and has a very inspirational story to tell.  We were lucky enough to have her tell her story on this episode.
    ADVICE FROM SANDY:
    MENTORS: Sandy says "go get some mentors" and start learning from other people who have been where you want to go.
    LOVE: Love of your passion is not enough.  Working in your business is fun for every entrepreneur.  You need to learn to love working on your business, such as doing the book work, budgets, etc.
    NEGOTIATE: Do not be afraid to negotiate well and get the price that your products or services are worth.
    BEST BUSINESS ADVICE SANDY HAS EVER RECEIVED:
    LISTEN: Listen to others.  Do not just dismiss someone as a critic because they are saying something critical about your business.  Maybe they know something and you should make a change.
    PERSONAL HABIT:
    FITNESS: Sandy wasn't always fit, but she is now.  She exercises, watches what she eats and meditates (kind of) every day.  She knows that if she does not feel good physically and feel good about herself, she will not be able to lead, innovate and inspire.
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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 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!

steph36357 ,

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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