More and more farms are relying on antibiotic use to keep their animals healthy. Antibiotics are often necessary to keep animals from getting very sick, but the problem lies in the meat and milk that the animals are producing. The antibiotics that pass through the animal’s system are then going into the milk and the meat that people are eating. This is why so many people cannot take antibiotics because they do not work for them.
In order to run a successful and organic Read the rest of this entry »
Farming is a good life.
You might consider farming a family business, but there are government programs designed to provide training and resources to new farmers and ranchers. Start2Farm.gov has a clearinghouse database with data on training and assistance programs, such as the National Food and Agriculture Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development program.
You can also refer to the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, or MOSES, which provides a fact sheet to help set your goals, pinpoint your learning and plan financially. Find MOSES, and other resources, by searching the Web with HughesNet satellite.
The Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture’s book, “Building a Sustainable Business,” suggests you ask yourself the following:
Other questions you’ll need to answer before you further pursue this career path:
Farming won’t be easy, but it likely will be quite rewarding. Having a plan is the key. With a plan and motivation, you could be on your way to a rewarding experience on the farm.
Once the advent of corporate run and owned farms started taking a stronghold on agricultural production the family farm has been slowly phasing out of existence. The bigger farms are buying up the family owned enterprises at an alarming rate, while running the remaining ones out of business.
With a monopoly on seed production and sale, along with the higher prices of running a farm, it seems the bigger corporate farms are gaining the advantage steadily while a family owned farm can barely break even. Read the rest of this entry »
If you have ever considered going into the farming industry, you might have a specific idea in your mind of what a farmer really does. Although your opinion is probably at least somewhat correct, it is important for you to understand that there are a lot of different types of farming out there. Even if you are not interested in one type of farming, you might find that another type of farming is perfect for you and your family.
You can get involved in livestock farming if you prefer, and many people find this type of farming to Read the rest of this entry »
At one time, there were farms on almost everyone’s property, whether it was a small farm for personal cooking or larger farms that could sell their product and sustain a way of life. There are different types of large farms too. Most large farms will focus on a certain crop. Smaller family farms will grow a variety of crops depending on the choice of the family, and what is the easiest for them to grow.
These farms focus exclusively on raising animals for slaughter. The type of animal would depend greatly on the preference of the land owner. Read the rest of this entry »
While many people believe that a farm can only exist on a large parcel of property, many more people have discovered that they can enjoy farm life on even the smallest parcel of land or for that matter, even in an apartment. Farming doesn’t have to be large scale to be successful.
Many apartment dwellers long for living back on the farm but due to work requirements must live in town in a small apartment. While hardly conducive to farming, the apartment dweller does have several options to Read the rest of this entry »
Farming is essentially planting crops, raising animals and using them to provide food for your family. Some also produce materials like wool, cotton and things like that. Though these days the size of farms are big enough to feed several hundred families, their purpose is still the same.
Most farms try to focus on one or the other but there are a few that still do both. Those that don’t often trade their crops for meet and eggs and vice versa. For several centuries farming was an important part of Read the rest of this entry »