Beginning Farmer & Rancher News

Amazing Opportunity for Livestock Enthusiasts Awaits

An established direct-market meat operation is seeking renters in Oregon’s Central Willamette Valley.

Rainshadow El Rancho is a 120-acre ranch raising and selling bison, pork, and poultry directly to consumers. The operation includes a USDA-approved poultry processing plant used to process the ranch’s birds and birds for other producers. 

Two large barns are included on the property. Livestock handling corrals include a squeeze chute. And an established small orchard and room for a large garden cap off the ranch.

Land Link Sneak Peek

Goat herd in MontanaAspiring Goat Farmers Seek Opportunity: A young couple would love an opportunity to develop their own goat operation. They’re loaded with experience – wrangling, horse training, organic vegetable production, and goat ranching.

Diverse Generation Grows the Field of Agriculture

The New York Times reported on the growing trend of college graduates entering agriculture. They noted the diverse backgrounds and majors of this new generation of agriculture.

One such example was Abe Bobman, 24. He studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut before coming into farming.

Census numbers have charted a decline in the number of farms for decades. However, the latest Agricultural Census in 2007 noted a 4 percent increase. The Times observes this is the first such increase since 1920.

One Stop Shop for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Beginning farmers and ranchers are quickly disappearing from rural communities. Although plenty of men and women desire to farm and ranch, it can be difficult to get started these days.

And almost as difficult, is finding where to go for help. The Nebraska Beginning Farmer Network has answers.

Beginning farmers now have a one-stop-shop for information on tax credit programs, land matching, beginning farmer loans, sustainable practices, conservation programs, legal resources and transition planning.

Agriculture & Small Towns Need Beginning Farmers

When you think back 20-30 years, what’s changed about your town? How many young families do you have now compared to then? How many of them farm or ranch? I’m asking to get you to think about how you and your town might begin to change things.

We don’t lack for a desire to farm. The beginning farmer web pages on the Center for Rural Affairs’ website receive over 12,000 visits a month.

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