Beginning Farmer & Rancher News

Honor Veterans by Helping Fulfill Dreams to Farm and Ranch

Over 40 percent of the veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars hailed from small towns and rural areas, and many now want to farm or ranch. Last year we conducted a series of workshops for Armed Services veterans to help them get started in farming and ranching (http://www.cfra.org/veteran_farmers_project).

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.

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