Beginning Farmer & Rancher News

Land Link Sneak Peek: Beekeepers for Rural America

This is a honey of an opportunity! Owners of a small acreage in Nebraska, located between Omaha and Lincoln, are looking ahead for a successor. They have an ideal location for direct marketing at farmers markets, restaurants, and grocery stores.

The owners are experienced beekeepers and would gladly train their successor in beekeeping. The acreage is not currently for sale, but the owners could assist a successor with financing when they are ready to sell (approximately by 2019).

Farm Tours Take Latino Entrepreneurs to Diversified Farms in Central Nebraska

For the second time this summer, the Center for Rural Affairs is hosting a day of farm tours as part of their Beginning Latino Farmer Program. 

These tours will expose participants to a wider range of farming possibilities. In June we visited several diversified farms; saw poultry, cattle, hogs, vegetables, and a farmers’ market. This time, we’ll visit sheep and goat farms and learn about extending the vegetable-growing season with hoop houses.

Land Link Sneak Peek: Small Acreage in Washington Seeks Growers

We have a great opportunity for you in western Washington! The owner of a small, certified organic, established mixed vegetable/herb farm seeks a new grower(s) to continue the direct sales operation.

The 4.7 acre farm includes two houses (where the grower(s) could live), three greenhouses, a barn, and miscellaneous sheds. The owner would lease to the right beginners for several years.

More than a Farm Wife

Farm Wife. That’s what we call women who drive tractors, haul grain, gather cattle, run to town for parts, and cook supper, all with kiddos in tow. Often “farm wives” downplay their contributions to their farming operations, dismissing their involvement in the day-to-day operations including marketing and accounting.

A new Center for Rural Affairs project with the Women Food and Agriculture Network in Iowa aims to empower women as knowledgeable, business-savvy, focused owners and operators of farms and ranches.  More than farm wives.

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