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If you want to own a farm, step back from your farm or invest in a farm then this is the podcast for you. Cultivate Farms is rejuvenating regional communities by making it possible for anyone to own a farm. No longer is capital the biggest barrier to becoming a farmer - it is your mindset. Cultivate Farms matches aspiring farmers with retiring farmers and investors to own and operate a farm together.

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If you want to own a farm, step back from your farm or invest in a farm then this is the podcast for you. Cultivate Farms is rejuvenating regional communities by making it possible for anyone to own a farm. No longer is capital the biggest barrier to becoming a farmer - it is your mindset. Cultivate Farms matches aspiring farmers with retiring farmers and investors to own and operate a farm together.

    Cultivate Farms TV Ep. 79 - Uncovering Farm Investors

    Cultivate Farms TV Ep. 79 - Uncovering Farm Investors

    The topics we cover in Episode 79 of Cultivate Farms TV:
    1. Cultivator 10 farmers
    2. Uncovering farm investors
    3. How we are key to Agriculture’s 2030 Plan
    4. Cultivate Communities update
    5. Ageing on Farm
    6. 26 farm ownership opportunities

    • 22 min
    Questions from Young Beef Producers Forum 2019

    Questions from Young Beef Producers Forum 2019

    In November 2019 I had the chance to present the ‘one-hour farm ownership pathway plan’ to a crowd of over 300 @Young Beef Producers Forum in Roma Queensland.
     
    I had the pleasure of co-presenting with Claire Coates from Freeland Pork who was our first farmer matched with an investor.
     
    If you haven’t seen that amazing presentation you can watch it here:
     
    https://cultivatefarms.com/blog/theonehourfarmownershippresentation?fbclid=IwAR3MIWTNVeDdeYBk2fBBF6cKZTwMHuxgu10-i7SFCpRLDeN0DuP6FNhpbW0
     
    The Future Farmers Network organised the event and they had questions come in via the cloud which meant there was a stack of questions that we couldn’t get to. So I wanted to take the time to answer these questions here so everyone can benefit.
     
    The context to these questions was a focus on practical ideas on how aspiring farmers can find their pathway to farm ownership.
     
    The questions were ranked, so I’ll leave the highest voted questions till the end. But I think all of them were rippers. Most of my answers are ‘it depends’
     
    As you listen you will see why we have the focus we have with Cultivate Farms -i.e. a matchmaking service. Because every farm, farm operation and the people involved have different requirements. So there is no one size fits all. People farm for different reasons, people invest for different reasons and retiring farmers want/don’t want to share for different reasons.
    Your job as an aspiring farmer is to find 1000 people who might be able to help, in the expectation that one of them you will form a great relationship with and then co-own a farm together.
    1. How do we change employer/farm owners mentally towards young people wanting to own a farm like when I first started out I was told there is no possible way to own a farm unless you are born into it? 2. What advice do you have to give young people looking to invest in properties and competing with foreign ownership?
    3. Wouldn't the investors and retired farmers want the best profits so how do you make money to pay them?
    4. With the recent loss of agricultural teaching institutions such as the ag colleges, how can the knowledge and skills from farmers who've been on the land for decades be passed on?
    5. Are cultivate farms goals limited to farm ownership? Or do they extend to creating profitable agribusinesses?
    6. What is the biggest road block young people who want to own a farm run into aside from personal motivation?
    7. How many deals would a candidate look at before securing a successful one?
    8. How involved do the investors that approach you want to be in the farming business?
    9. Do the arrangements result in profit sharing with the existing owner?
    10. Practically, is the investor the one buying the farm then entering into an agreement with you or are you taking money from the investor to then go and buy a farm?
    11. Return on investment in ag is so low - how do you make a living and pay back your investor?
    12. What returns in investment are the investors looking for when they invest?
    13. How is ownership transitioning? Are the new operators reinvesting profits to the owner to effectively pay off the farm?
    14. Not sure how to word this without sounding cynical, but wondering if there are any fail stories from Cultivate Farms matches and how has the business learnt and grown from these mistakes?
    15. What happens if the farm doesn't turn a profit? E.g. multiple drought years etc.
    16. What kind of preparation does a young farmer need before approaching a retiring farmer or investor? Do they need an existing business that needs growth or just a solid business plan and budget all set out?

    • 25 min
    Generation Ag Podcast Interview: Sam Marwood - Cultivate Farms

    Generation Ag Podcast Interview: Sam Marwood - Cultivate Farms

    Generation Ag is the podcast for anyone interested in life working in primary industries. From beef to berries, agvocacy to Australian politics.
     

    • 30 min
    Apply to co-own a farm with an investor - Cultivator 2020

    Apply to co-own a farm with an investor - Cultivator 2020

    You have 3 days to apply for Cultivator
    We have definitely been pumping the promotion for this program and hopefully, you have already heard about it and are in the process of applying.
    www.cultivatefarms.com/cultivator.
    https://cultivatefarms.com/blog/commonquestionsaboutthecultivatorprogram?fbclid=IwAR3FoDMT_wKh3Yh5g9Hl4GvigPdXI3GMJ4rD2-tXhecT51FZd5IhCVBNpSc
    It takes about 10 minutes to apply
    We have an investor ready to back a farmer, so we are taking 10 farmers on a pitching journey with the best pitch being backed.
    What we are really excited about is that between now and the pitching event in November 2020 we have 12 months to promote all of our 10 farmers and target more investors.
    We will have a class of the best farmers going around that we can put in front of as many farm investors as we can. We would love to find an investor for every farmer.
    So if you are worried that you only have a one in ten shot at the investor, take heart that we will be fighting for more investors.
    If we don’t find more investors along the way, we will have the farm pitch that we can take with you to find your own investors after the program.
    What we are doing with Cultivator is what we have been promoting for a long-time - aspiring farmers need to pull a farm pitch together and start shopping it around. It takes time to pull this together, but having a pitch document is so powerful
    How can you get an investor or anyone to back you if you don’t have a plan showing how good you are and how good the farm deal is?
    So if you know you want to farm your whole life, you want to co-own your farm and you want to farm in Vic or NSW, then please do apply.
    You only live once and this is an amazing opportunity.
    Apply by this coming Friday 15 November
    Email me if you have questions sam@cultivatefarms.com
    Let’s get you farming!

    • 4 min
    Common questions people are asking about the Cultivator Program

    Common questions people are asking about the Cultivator Program

    We have 5 farmers already signed up for Cultivator. 5 spots remain and you have 3 weeks to apply.  Applications close 15 NovemberSam and Tam talk through the common questions people are asking about the program.
     

    Questions like:
     
    How much time will I need to commit?
    How long does Cultivator go for?
    Do I need to know the farm I want to co-own?

     
    If you have some queries about the program, you can enquire here:
    https://cultivatefarms.com/cultivator/enquire

    • 7 min
    Farm Business Profitability Made Easier | with Mike Krause Founder of P2P Agri

    Farm Business Profitability Made Easier | with Mike Krause Founder of P2P Agri

    We interview great people who are helping farmers to get farm ownership ready or make farmers more profitable and successful - we do this to help save you time.   Click through to join Sam with Mike Krause who is the Founder of P2P Agri.   P2P Agri a farm business profitability cloud platform.  It’s is just one of the tools we will be using through our Cultivator Program in 2020 to support 10 aspiring farmers pitch successfully to investors to co-own a farm.   Our farmers will be developing their 5-year financial model through this system.   Mike has worked with farmers for years and in government, banking and the insurance sectors   P2P Agri is software to help farmers manage their business - Their mission is to help farm businesses be profitable and sustainable into the future   Also, Mike wrote Farming the Business - sowing for your future - which is free or $10 from GRDC. Well worth the reading and is another great resource provided to farmers in our Cultivator program  www.p2pagri.com.au

    • 22 min

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