Beginning Farmer & Rancher News

Beginning farmer grows organic and sheep operation

Justin Doerr left the Army after serving overseas and knew he wanted to farm for his civilian career. He is big on planning, so he attended farm tours and webinars across three states to prepare for launching his farm business. He eased back into sheep production, using facilities his parents had vacated while Justin was in the service. Since his youth was spent following his father's direction on farm tasks rather than making his own farm decisions, Justin wanted to share the risk in his startup year of crop production.

Colorado Farm Opportunity

A farmer and longtime friend of the Center for Rural Affairs is retiring from his farm and ranch operation in the dryland area of Montezuma County, Colorado.

The seller is interested in transitioning the farm to a beginner. The seller is willing to offer favorable terms to a buyer who is aligned with the seller on values and vision for the farm.

Hilda Considera Granja a Escuela

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Antes invadido por hierbas altas y pinos, una área rodeado de milpas de maíz en las afueras de Fremont, ahora es un oasis de alimento.

Hilda Moreno y su esposo, Carlos Alvarado Vega, son granjeros principiantes Latinos. La pareja compró la granja hace dos años y por la petición de sus hijos empezaron un negocio de aves de corral de pequeña escala enfocados en la producción de huevos.

Hilda Considers Farm to School

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Once full of tall grasses and pine trees, an acreage surrounded by corn on the outskirts of Fremont, Neb., now offers a food oasis.

Hilda Moreno and her husband, Carlos Alvarado Vega, are beginning Latino farmers. The couple purchased the farm two years ago and, at the request of their sons, started a small-scale poultry business focused on egg production.

Women circle around sustainable farming

Since April, the Center, along with a small group of women farmer leaders, has co-led the first two in a series of Women Farmer Learning Circles on sustainable farming in a changing climate. Participating women are considered the “experts” on their own production, farmland, and conservation needs, and are encouraged to speak about their own experiences and goals rather than passively listen to a professional in a traditional lecture format. This format builds knowledge, confidence, and community around topics the group is most interested in exploring.

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