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Recent posts by Wyatt Fraas

Crowdfunding Boosts Farm Efforts, No Substitute for Hard Work

Crowdfunding – a popular form of Internet-based donations, loans, or investments – has come to farm country. When bank loans or profits are unavailable, you can access funding through these websites.

The basic idea is to gather a large number of people (your “crowd”) who give small amounts of money to collectively fund a project. Donors give money because they believe in the business goals or like the business owners. In turn, they often receive a thank-you reward such as a farm product.

Farm Transitions: Maintaining Ownership and Providing Retirement Income

A common quandary for heirs of senior landowners is how they can maintain ownership and operation of the farm while providing retirement income for their parents. Often the farm assets represent all of the retirement savings. Not only may there be an extended period of retirement without earned income, but eventual nursing home expenses may be great enough to consume the value of the estate.

This can be a complicated situation to plan, with taxes, Medicaid rules, and differing goals of each family member. But it does take planning to make the best outcomes possible.

Put Family Farmers Back into Farm to School

Farm to School programs appeared in the 90s with a three-way focus: fresh, local foods in schools; agriculture and nutrition education in classrooms; and purchases that support local family farms. Years since have seen these programs grow to include 40,000 schools and 23 million students.
 

Family Farms and Farm to School: Return to the Roots

Farm to School programs appeared in the mid-1990s with a 3-way focus: fresh, local foods in school menus; agriculture and nutrition education in classrooms; and purchases that support local family farms. Years since have seen these programs grow to include 40,000 schools and 23 million schoolchildren. Federal grant programs now encourage more.

Missouri Veterans Learn (and Teach) about Farming

More than 50 military veterans recently attended educational sessions on resources that can help them start farming. Workshops in central Missouri near Fort Leonard Wood and at the Lincoln University campus brought those in the know together with active duty veterans and military retirees. They shared information on farm loans, assistance with disabilities, and markets for alternative crops.

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