Tag Archive for: Beginning Farmer

Episode 245. Starting a Farm: Review and Planning

This episode of Voices from the Field is part of “Starting a Farm,” an occasional series from Rockiell Woods, who directs NCAT’s Gulf States Regional Office in Jackson, Mississippi, and Bill Evans, director of horticulture at Up in Farms food hub in Jackson.

In this episode, their conversation focuses on the importance of reviewing the last growing season and planning the next, along with strategies and topics farmers should address in the process.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Other Resources:

Contact Rockiell Woods via email at rockw@ncat.org.

Please complete a brief survey to let us know your thoughts about the content of this podcast.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find access our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG. Learn about NCAT’s other cutting-edge sustainable agriculture programs.

 

Risk Management: What Every Farmer Needs to Know

In this video, NCAT Gulf States Regional Director Rockiell Woods summarizes the different types of risk farmers face. He addresses risk and sources of risk in agriculture; risk management principles; risk identification and prioritization; common strategies for risk treatment; and some important risk management priorities.

This video is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. ATTRA.NCAT.ORG. This video was also made possible in part by funding from the Southern Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC).

So, You Want to a Start a Farm?

By Rockiell Woods, NCAT Gulf States Regional Director

So, you woke up this morning and you said to yourself, I think I want to be a farmer. Well, that’s interesting. But can you be a farmer? And do you really want to? I have visited dozens, probably hundreds, of farms in my career. I have met new farmers who started in the business only to be kicked hard by a frost or a low-priced market, or other factors beyond their control. I have also met farmers who started with a little bit of money, a small amount of land, and no supplies or experience and ultimately went on to build successful farms. Having a lot of money, a big piece of ground, and years of farming experience can help, but that is not the only way to become a successful new farmer.

This blog will cover a short set of key questions you should ask yourself when considering starting a farm. Your answers will help you think about whether farming is right for you and help get you started in your planning process.

Where is your heart?

The first question is about your heart. What do you feel about wanting to be a farmer? Do you want to be a farmer because you like animals? Because you like plants and gardening? Because you want to have access to the land? Because you want to provide people with good food? Because you want to make money from your family land? These and many other questions address where your heart is in all of this. All entrepreneurs need their heart in their business. Passion drives entrepreneurs. Farms are businesses, run by entrepreneurs. Passion allows one to focus and make the commitment required to be successful. It does not necessarily matter what the reasons are behind your passion or if it’s something completely different than some of the reasons listed above. But for a farm to be a success, the operator has to have a passion about being in this business.

Where is your money?

Money is necessary to start and operate a farm. You do not necessarily need to have a million dollars to start farming, but some is required. Of course, there is an old joke that if you win a million dollars in the lottery, you can farm until you lose it all. We do not want that for you, though, of course. Here, the question about money relates to what sort of money you and/or others in your circle have that can help get the farm started and running for a while, and what sort of money you need the farm to generate to be happy and comfortable. You may have personal wealth, or maybe a modest amount is all you need to get started on your farm. You may have no money yourself, but you have some family, friends or investors that can begin to support a farm. Or perhaps you want to go and work on another farm and be a farmer that way.

As you consider money, you need to make a list of what sources of money you can bring to the farm now and in the future. This would include personal savings or financial assets that you can use to support the farm. It might also include any loans or grants that you might be able to acquire to start a farm. You also need to think initially about how much it is going to cost to run the farm, how much will it cost to grow that first crop or raise those first few animals, what sort of cash return will they generate, and what kind of revenue will they generate. By thinking about the farm as a business from the start, you will be off on much sounder footing than you would be if you start off thinking of it as a hobby. Hobby farms are fine, too, by the way. They are just managed differently than for-profit farms. Which one you want goes back to the heart question.

What are your assets?

Physical assets are the things, the physical items needed for farming. Farm assets include the land; buildings, barns, or sheds; fences; wells and ponds; roads; utilities; tractors and equipment; implements that get pulled behind the tractor; hand tools, seeds, and fertilizers; and labor and human/personnel assets.

Do you have any assets to start your farm? Do you have land? Do you have any buildings on the land? Do you have any equipment or supplies? What about labor to plant, harvest, tend, and manage all the stuff that you are going to need? If you do not have these things, what is your plan for acquiring them? Are you planning to borrow them, lease them, or buy them? Maybe you have access to volunteer labor, or maybe you do not. As you consider whether farming is right for you, it is important to make a farm plan early on that is shaped like a business plan. This will help you determine what assets you have and what assets you need to get a successful start in farming.

You also need to consider uncontrolled and abstract assets. These are things you may or may not have control over, including access to water or grazing land. Some farms don’t need water, but most do. It could be a pond, an irrigation well, water rights, or municipal water. Will you need large volumes or small? Is the water available at the times of year that you need it most? I would also throw in rented and leased land and equipment here.

A non-physical, uncontrolled asset to consider is access to markets. If you were raising hogs in Mississippi, you don’t necessarily need to have the same access to sales markets as you would if you were raising hogs in other states because Mississippi has no hog processors or packers. However, if you are raising collard greens in Mississippi, you might have bigger markets for them than you would if you were raising them in Maine.

Climate and soil are other assets to consider that we don’t have control over. Where you’re growing and where your farm is located would dictate a lot about what you should grow, what you can do, and how much work it will be. The type of soil you have can have a great influence on the success or failure of a farm, whether you are raising crops or animals.

Where is your mind?

This final question considers what things you are thinking about and what sort of knowledge base you are starting with as you begin this venture in farming. If you came from a farm family, then you have a basic knowledge that someone coming from a non-farm family may not have. If you have started in one type of farming but are switching to another type of farming, then you may need to increase your knowledge base.

In farming, you must also have self-discipline and self-direction. There are not many clear deadlines in farming, at least not many short ones. However, if you don’t meet the short deadlines like planting at the right time, then you likely won’t ever meet the long deadlines, or bring in a harvest or take animals to market.

As you can see, a farmer needs a lot of different things. Almost none of us have all of these things and many of us don’t have all of them while we’re running a farm. That should not be a deterrent. Instead, it should be motivation to assemble as many of the things that you need to be successful as you can. Start with a plan in mind so that you can have quick success, as well as long-term success in farming.

Lastly, remember that you are not alone. There are lots of farm resources out there from ATTRA, farmers.gov, your local extension office, farmer associations, and an infinite number of resources on various social media sites.

Here are some ATTRA resources to get you started:

Farm Start-Up

Marketing and Business

Basic Accounting: Guidance for Beginning Farmers

Evaluating a Farming Enterprise

Financing Your Farm: Guidance for Beginning Farmers

Planning for Profit in Sustainable Farming

Podcast Episode 152: Starting a Farm

Podcast Episode 162: Starting a Farm: Soil Considerations

Podcast Episode 176: Starting a Farm: Water Issues

Please consider completing a brief survey to let us know your thoughts about the content of this blog. Thank you!

Episode 179. Getting Started in Livestock: Part 1

In this episode of Voices from the Field, Margo Hale and Linda Coffey, lifelong livestock producers and long-time NCAT livestock specialists, talk about getting started in livestock. What is the appeal, and what are the important considerations?

Margo is director of NCAT’s Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she and Linda both work.

In their conversation, Margo and Linda emphasize the importance of keeping farm goals and resources in mind and stress the need to start small but plan for expansion. They mention essential infrastructure to have in place before bringing livestock home and offer many tips that will help beginners succeed with livestock.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Margo Hale and Linda Coffey directly at margoh@ncat.org and lindac@ncat.org.

Related Resources:

Small-Scale Livestock Production

ATTRA Livestock and Pasture

Livestock as a Tool: Improving Soil Health, Boosting Crops

Integrating Livestock and Crops

Managed Grazing Tutorial

Healthy Animals, Happy Farm

Working With Your Meat Processor

Please complete a brief survey to let us know your thoughts about the content of this podcast.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at NCAT/ATTRA’s website.

You can also stay in touch with NCAT at its Facebook page.

Keep up with NCAT/ATTRA’s SIFT farm at its website.

Episode 176. Starting a Farm: Water Issues

This week’s episode of Voices from the Field is part of an occasional series from Rockiell Woods, Director of NCAT’s Gulf States Regional Office in Jackson, Mississippi, and Bill Evans, Director of Horticulture at Up in Farms Food Hub in Jackson. This series is all about starting a farm.

Today’s conversation is focused on water issues

For more information on this topic, you can contact Rockiell Woods directly at rockw@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Evaluating a Farm Enterprise

Financing Your Farm: Guidance for Beginning Farmers

Planning for Profit in Sustainable Farming

Basic Accounting: Guidance for Beginning Farmers

Other Resources:

Farm Answers

Up in Farms Food Hub

Please complete a brief survey to let us know your thoughts about the content of this podcast.

Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and soils to aquaculture.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at NCAT/ATTRA’s website.

You can also stay in touch with NCAT at its Facebook page.

Episode 162. Starting a Farm: Soil Considerations

Today’s episode of Voices from the Field is part of the occasional series entitled “Starting a Farm” from Rockiell Woods, Director of NCAT’s Gulf States Regional Office in Jackson, Mississippi, and Bill Evans, Director of Horticulture at Up in Farms Food Hub in Jackson. This episode is about soil considerations on a new farm. They talk about factors that affect soil, how to have yours tested, and the various ways you can improve your soil.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Rockiell Woods directly at rockw@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

ATTRA Soil Resources

Sustainable Soil Management

How to Add Compost on Your Small Farm

Soil Management: National Organic Program Regulations

Tipsheet: Manure in Organic Production Systems

Tipsheet: Assessing the Soil Resource for Beginning Organic Farmers

Other resources:

Web Soil Survey

Please complete a brief survey to let us know what you thought of the content presented here.

Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and soils to aquaculture.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at NCAT/ATTRA’s website.

You can also stay in touch with NCAT at its Facebook page.

 

corn field

Episode 152. Starting a Farm

Today’s episode of Voices from the Field is the first in an occasional series from Rockiell Woods, Director of NCAT’s Gulf States Regional Office in Jackson, Mississippi, and Bill Evans, Director of Horticulture at Up in Farms Food Hub in Jackson. This series is all about starting a farm.

Today’s conversation is focused on how many acres are needed and what crops to choose.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Rockiell Woods directly at rockw@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Evaluating a Farm Enterprise

Financing Your Farm: Guidance for Beginning Farmers

Planning for Profit in Sustainable Farming

Basic Accounting: Guidance for Beginning Farmers

Other Resources:

Farm Answers

Up in Farms Food Hub

Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and soils to aquaculture.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at NCAT/ATTRA’s website.

You can also stay in touch with NCAT at its Facebook page.

Tag Archive for: Beginning Farmer

School cafeteria fruit bar.

New Markets for Your Crops

New Markets for Your Crops


By Rex Dufour, NCAT Agriculture Specialists

Overview

This graphic publication introduces produce growers to some of the key ideas involved in selling fruits and vegetables to institutions such as schools and hospitals. It has a large resource list of organizations in many states and nationally that can help growers market their products to institutions.

This publication is not available in digital format. Please download a copy using the download button at right.

Finding Land to Farm: Six Ways to Secure Farmland

Finding Land to Farm: Six Ways to Secure Farmland


By Kendra Johnson, California FarmLink; and Rex Dufour and Marisa Alcorta, NCAT Agriculture Specialists

Overview

This publication highlights some common ways to lease or own land. It outlines important considerations about each of these leasing options and paths to ownership.

This publication is not available in digital format. Please download a copy using the download button at right.

Tag Archive for: Beginning Farmer

Tutorial: Scaling Up for Regional Markets

Scaling Up for Regional Markets

Scaling up for regional markets often refers to an increase in the amount of land in production, herd size, enterprises, or markets. Scaling up can also refer to improving current production systems in order to increase sales. In either case, there are many risks and challenges associated in scaling up, especially as a farmer prepares to gain access in to the wholesale market. This tutorial provides lessons and information for farmers who have success in smaller and more direct marketing channels and who are interested in expanding their operations to meet a growing demand for local food. Nine of the first ten lessons include a quiz. If you successfully pass all quizzes, you will be able to download a certificate of completion. There are an additional four lessons which are not required for the certificate.

The following lessons are included for the certificate:

Tutorial: Beginning Farmer Training

Beginning Farmer Tutorials

Are you a beginning farmer or rancher who has been farming a few years? Do you have a strong grasp on sustainable production techniques, but need to grow more advanced business management skills? If so, this course is for you.

This six-part course will equip you with the management skills necessary to operate a successful, sustainable farm business for the long-term. You’ll receive training on whole-farm planning, business plan development, financial management, access to capital, recordkeeping, and market development. You’ll set meaningful goals for your farm business and will receive the informational tools, resources, and support to make progress towards those goals.

Financial support for this course comes from a Southern SARE Education grant (LS18-292). Additional support for this tutorial was funded by USDA’s Outreach and Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (OASDFR) program (Project # 2009-00705), part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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Beginning Farmer Resources


Training

Training


Training in agriculture can be a long-term degree program at a college or university, an internship or mentoring program, online courses, or ongoing participation in classes, workshops, and conferences.

Formal and informal training programs can help veterans transition into agriculture, launch beginning farmers in their new careers, or help experienced producers implement new methods or scale up their operations.

Look for current educational opportunities in ATTRA’s events calendar and read about new programs and courses that are accepting applications in our news and funding opportunities. If you’re a military veteran, visit the Armed to Farm website to learn more about that program. 

Related Topics


Free ATTRA Tutorials


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School cafeteria fruit bar.

New Markets for Your Crops

New Markets for Your Crops


By Rex Dufour, NCAT Agriculture Specialists

Overview

This graphic publication introduces produce growers to some of the key ideas involved in selling fruits and vegetables to institutions such as schools and hospitals. It has a large resource list of organizations in many states and nationally that can help growers market their products to institutions.

This publication is not available in digital format. Please download a copy using the download button at right.

Finding Land to Farm: Six Ways to Secure Farmland

Finding Land to Farm: Six Ways to Secure Farmland


By Kendra Johnson, California FarmLink; and Rex Dufour and Marisa Alcorta, NCAT Agriculture Specialists

Overview

This publication highlights some common ways to lease or own land. It outlines important considerations about each of these leasing options and paths to ownership.

This publication is not available in digital format. Please download a copy using the download button at right.

Tutorial: Scaling Up for Regional Markets

Scaling Up for Regional Markets

Scaling up for regional markets often refers to an increase in the amount of land in production, herd size, enterprises, or markets. Scaling up can also refer to improving current production systems in order to increase sales. In either case, there are many risks and challenges associated in scaling up, especially as a farmer prepares to gain access in to the wholesale market. This tutorial provides lessons and information for farmers who have success in smaller and more direct marketing channels and who are interested in expanding their operations to meet a growing demand for local food. Nine of the first ten lessons include a quiz. If you successfully pass all quizzes, you will be able to download a certificate of completion. There are an additional four lessons which are not required for the certificate.

The following lessons are included for the certificate:

Tutorial: Beginning Farmer Training

Beginning Farmer Tutorials

Are you a beginning farmer or rancher who has been farming a few years? Do you have a strong grasp on sustainable production techniques, but need to grow more advanced business management skills? If so, this course is for you.

This six-part course will equip you with the management skills necessary to operate a successful, sustainable farm business for the long-term. You’ll receive training on whole-farm planning, business plan development, financial management, access to capital, recordkeeping, and market development. You’ll set meaningful goals for your farm business and will receive the informational tools, resources, and support to make progress towards those goals.

Financial support for this course comes from a Southern SARE Education grant (LS18-292). Additional support for this tutorial was funded by USDA’s Outreach and Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (OASDFR) program (Project # 2009-00705), part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

A man working in the soil

Beginning Farmer Resources


Episode 245. Starting a Farm: Review and Planning

This episode of Voices from the Field is part of “Starting a Farm,” an occasional series from Rockiell Woods, who directs NCAT’s Gulf States Regional Office in Jackson, Mississippi, and Bill Evans, director of horticulture at Up in Farms food hub in Jackson.

In this episode, their conversation focuses on the importance of reviewing the last growing season and planning the next, along with strategies and topics farmers should address in the process.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Other Resources:

Contact Rockiell Woods via email at rockw@ncat.org.

Please complete a brief survey to let us know your thoughts about the content of this podcast.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find access our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG. Learn about NCAT’s other cutting-edge sustainable agriculture programs.

 

Risk Management: What Every Farmer Needs to Know

In this video, NCAT Gulf States Regional Director Rockiell Woods summarizes the different types of risk farmers face. He addresses risk and sources of risk in agriculture; risk management principles; risk identification and prioritization; common strategies for risk treatment; and some important risk management priorities.

This video is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. ATTRA.NCAT.ORG. This video was also made possible in part by funding from the Southern Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC).

So, You Want to a Start a Farm?

By Rockiell Woods, NCAT Gulf States Regional Director

So, you woke up this morning and you said to yourself, I think I want to be a farmer. Well, that’s interesting. But can you be a farmer? And do you really want to? I have visited dozens, probably hundreds, of farms in my career. I have met new farmers who started in the business only to be kicked hard by a frost or a low-priced market, or other factors beyond their control. I have also met farmers who started with a little bit of money, a small amount of land, and no supplies or experience and ultimately went on to build successful farms. Having a lot of money, a big piece of ground, and years of farming experience can help, but that is not the only way to become a successful new farmer.

This blog will cover a short set of key questions you should ask yourself when considering starting a farm. Your answers will help you think about whether farming is right for you and help get you started in your planning process.

Where is your heart?

The first question is about your heart. What do you feel about wanting to be a farmer? Do you want to be a farmer because you like animals? Because you like plants and gardening? Because you want to have access to the land? Because you want to provide people with good food? Because you want to make money from your family land? These and many other questions address where your heart is in all of this. All entrepreneurs need their heart in their business. Passion drives entrepreneurs. Farms are businesses, run by entrepreneurs. Passion allows one to focus and make the commitment required to be successful. It does not necessarily matter what the reasons are behind your passion or if it’s something completely different than some of the reasons listed above. But for a farm to be a success, the operator has to have a passion about being in this business.

Where is your money?

Money is necessary to start and operate a farm. You do not necessarily need to have a million dollars to start farming, but some is required. Of course, there is an old joke that if you win a million dollars in the lottery, you can farm until you lose it all. We do not want that for you, though, of course. Here, the question about money relates to what sort of money you and/or others in your circle have that can help get the farm started and running for a while, and what sort of money you need the farm to generate to be happy and comfortable. You may have personal wealth, or maybe a modest amount is all you need to get started on your farm. You may have no money yourself, but you have some family, friends or investors that can begin to support a farm. Or perhaps you want to go and work on another farm and be a farmer that way.

As you consider money, you need to make a list of what sources of money you can bring to the farm now and in the future. This would include personal savings or financial assets that you can use to support the farm. It might also include any loans or grants that you might be able to acquire to start a farm. You also need to think initially about how much it is going to cost to run the farm, how much will it cost to grow that first crop or raise those first few animals, what sort of cash return will they generate, and what kind of revenue will they generate. By thinking about the farm as a business from the start, you will be off on much sounder footing than you would be if you start off thinking of it as a hobby. Hobby farms are fine, too, by the way. They are just managed differently than for-profit farms. Which one you want goes back to the heart question.

What are your assets?

Physical assets are the things, the physical items needed for farming. Farm assets include the land; buildings, barns, or sheds; fences; wells and ponds; roads; utilities; tractors and equipment; implements that get pulled behind the tractor; hand tools, seeds, and fertilizers; and labor and human/personnel assets.

Do you have any assets to start your farm? Do you have land? Do you have any buildings on the land? Do you have any equipment or supplies? What about labor to plant, harvest, tend, and manage all the stuff that you are going to need? If you do not have these things, what is your plan for acquiring them? Are you planning to borrow them, lease them, or buy them? Maybe you have access to volunteer labor, or maybe you do not. As you consider whether farming is right for you, it is important to make a farm plan early on that is shaped like a business plan. This will help you determine what assets you have and what assets you need to get a successful start in farming.

You also need to consider uncontrolled and abstract assets. These are things you may or may not have control over, including access to water or grazing land. Some farms don’t need water, but most do. It could be a pond, an irrigation well, water rights, or municipal water. Will you need large volumes or small? Is the water available at the times of year that you need it most? I would also throw in rented and leased land and equipment here.

A non-physical, uncontrolled asset to consider is access to markets. If you were raising hogs in Mississippi, you don’t necessarily need to have the same access to sales markets as you would if you were raising hogs in other states because Mississippi has no hog processors or packers. However, if you are raising collard greens in Mississippi, you might have bigger markets for them than you would if you were raising them in Maine.

Climate and soil are other assets to consider that we don’t have control over. Where you’re growing and where your farm is located would dictate a lot about what you should grow, what you can do, and how much work it will be. The type of soil you have can have a great influence on the success or failure of a farm, whether you are raising crops or animals.

Where is your mind?

This final question considers what things you are thinking about and what sort of knowledge base you are starting with as you begin this venture in farming. If you came from a farm family, then you have a basic knowledge that someone coming from a non-farm family may not have. If you have started in one type of farming but are switching to another type of farming, then you may need to increase your knowledge base.

In farming, you must also have self-discipline and self-direction. There are not many clear deadlines in farming, at least not many short ones. However, if you don’t meet the short deadlines like planting at the right time, then you likely won’t ever meet the long deadlines, or bring in a harvest or take animals to market.

As you can see, a farmer needs a lot of different things. Almost none of us have all of these things and many of us don’t have all of them while we’re running a farm. That should not be a deterrent. Instead, it should be motivation to assemble as many of the things that you need to be successful as you can. Start with a plan in mind so that you can have quick success, as well as long-term success in farming.

Lastly, remember that you are not alone. There are lots of farm resources out there from ATTRA, farmers.gov, your local extension office, farmer associations, and an infinite number of resources on various social media sites.

Here are some ATTRA resources to get you started:

Farm Start-Up

Marketing and Business

Basic Accounting: Guidance for Beginning Farmers

Evaluating a Farming Enterprise

Financing Your Farm: Guidance for Beginning Farmers

Planning for Profit in Sustainable Farming

Podcast Episode 152: Starting a Farm

Podcast Episode 162: Starting a Farm: Soil Considerations

Podcast Episode 176: Starting a Farm: Water Issues

Please consider completing a brief survey to let us know your thoughts about the content of this blog. Thank you!

Episode 179. Getting Started in Livestock: Part 1

In this episode of Voices from the Field, Margo Hale and Linda Coffey, lifelong livestock producers and long-time NCAT livestock specialists, talk about getting started in livestock. What is the appeal, and what are the important considerations?

Margo is director of NCAT’s Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she and Linda both work.

In their conversation, Margo and Linda emphasize the importance of keeping farm goals and resources in mind and stress the need to start small but plan for expansion. They mention essential infrastructure to have in place before bringing livestock home and offer many tips that will help beginners succeed with livestock.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Margo Hale and Linda Coffey directly at margoh@ncat.org and lindac@ncat.org.

Related Resources:

Small-Scale Livestock Production

ATTRA Livestock and Pasture

Livestock as a Tool: Improving Soil Health, Boosting Crops

Integrating Livestock and Crops

Managed Grazing Tutorial

Healthy Animals, Happy Farm

Working With Your Meat Processor

Please complete a brief survey to let us know your thoughts about the content of this podcast.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at NCAT/ATTRA’s website.

You can also stay in touch with NCAT at its Facebook page.

Keep up with NCAT/ATTRA’s SIFT farm at its website.

Episode 176. Starting a Farm: Water Issues

This week’s episode of Voices from the Field is part of an occasional series from Rockiell Woods, Director of NCAT’s Gulf States Regional Office in Jackson, Mississippi, and Bill Evans, Director of Horticulture at Up in Farms Food Hub in Jackson. This series is all about starting a farm.

Today’s conversation is focused on water issues

For more information on this topic, you can contact Rockiell Woods directly at rockw@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Evaluating a Farm Enterprise

Financing Your Farm: Guidance for Beginning Farmers

Planning for Profit in Sustainable Farming

Basic Accounting: Guidance for Beginning Farmers

Other Resources:

Farm Answers

Up in Farms Food Hub

Please complete a brief survey to let us know your thoughts about the content of this podcast.

Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and soils to aquaculture.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at NCAT/ATTRA’s website.

You can also stay in touch with NCAT at its Facebook page.

Episode 162. Starting a Farm: Soil Considerations

Today’s episode of Voices from the Field is part of the occasional series entitled “Starting a Farm” from Rockiell Woods, Director of NCAT’s Gulf States Regional Office in Jackson, Mississippi, and Bill Evans, Director of Horticulture at Up in Farms Food Hub in Jackson. This episode is about soil considerations on a new farm. They talk about factors that affect soil, how to have yours tested, and the various ways you can improve your soil.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Rockiell Woods directly at rockw@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

ATTRA Soil Resources

Sustainable Soil Management

How to Add Compost on Your Small Farm

Soil Management: National Organic Program Regulations

Tipsheet: Manure in Organic Production Systems

Tipsheet: Assessing the Soil Resource for Beginning Organic Farmers

Other resources:

Web Soil Survey

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Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and soils to aquaculture.

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