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.
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