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Consider big-picture issues.
Major decisions — such as choosing the person you’ll turn the operation over to when your farming days are done are sometimes placed on indefinite hold.
Become an ambassador for the vocation you love.
George Washington, among America’s most famous founding fathers and farmers, once said that for all of his political and military successes, he would “rather be on [his] farm than be emperor of the world.”
What’s your farm worth?
An independent farm is much more than just a business operation. It’s a way of life, a home, a calling — and how do you put a price tag on all of that?
Consider adding this high-tech seeding technique to your arsenal.
Advanced soil and production analyses and seeding methods are helping farmers concentrate on the portions of their land likely to produce bountiful crops.
While stressing that farming is a nonpartisan American priority, agricultural leaders such as American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall have welcomed President Trump’s pledge to give farmers and ranchers a seat at the table on key issues impacting agriculture and rural America. Top issues include:
Private ownership accounts for more than two-thirds of the land in the continental United States — with a significant portion belonging to farmers and ranchers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That’s why the USDA says private landowners are essential to protecting and maintaining endangered species. Through its Working Lands for Wildlife program, the agency offers technical and financial help to farmers and other landowners to protect habitats. In late 2016, the USDA added 11 species to its list, ranging from the American black duck in Mid-Atlantic states to cutthroat trout in Colorado. For information about these and other conservation opportunities, you can visit your local USDA service center.
Taking Their Company Nationwide
Shortly after Bob Allsbrook took the reins of his family’s feed, seed and fertilizer business in 1972, a government dairy buyout caused him to rethink the direction of A&B Milling Company in historic Halifax County, North Carolina. They decided to shift their agribusiness focus to selling peanut products.
Thriving Through Specialization
Each year, ARC Ferns produces more than 10 million fern liners, in 150 different varieties, for growers, nurseries and resellers throughout the country. “We satisfy nearly 50% of U.S. demand for these types of ferns,” says ARC President Dan Carmi, whose horticulture education and expertise form the roots of his successful business.
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