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It’s a dilemma many farmers worry about: How do you protect the viability of your farm operation when one of your partners dies? Diversified grain and vegetable farmer Rick Fruth of Napoleon, Ohio, has come up with a creative solution
Editor’s note: Now in its fifth year, DTN/The Progressive Farmer’s America’s Best Young Farmers and Ranchers recognizes the next generation of farmers and ranchers who are building successful agricultural businesses and who are making positive impacts on agriculture and in
Beginning and young farmers will can take crash courses in business planning, vegetable and fruit production and goat husbandry starting in October. The new training program is offered through a University of Georgia statewide partnership. The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,
The average age of the Richmond County farmer is 58. When people in most professions are thinking about pensions, retirement, babysitting grandchildren and winters in Florida, farmers may not be planning to ever stop farming. Some of the most fortunate
The joke used to be “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” But in the case of Farm Service Agency’s farm loan and guarantee program, bankers at the Ag Bankers conference last week had only glowing things to
Farming was not a likely path for Nathan Vergin, a 26-year-old dairy producer in Albemarle County, Va. His father worked in information technology in Minnesota. The family owned a few acres, and Vergin enjoyed working with the family’s handful of
Erin Ridpath stands on the edge of a windy, dry Nebraska corn field near Cambridge and she sees into the future. She sees a herd of grazing, black baldy cows, with calves alongside them. She sees new fences and paddocks.
Every night after LeRoy Zierke’s hip replacement surgery in December 2008, he received a visit from Adam Venteicher, now 24, to see what he could help with on the farm. Later, when Zierke considered renting out 160 acres of irrigated
Escalating land prices and lack of available farmland add more challenges to an already difficult occupation for young farmers. “This is the kind of stuff I think about all night, as I can’t sleep,” said Randy Dreher, 31, of Audubon,
As our country continues to search for economic stability, there are numerous questions that face agriculture in the United States as well as in the Florida panhandle. There are the standard questions about fuel cost, labor and new federal and