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When I hit 10,000 acres, the economies of scale kicked in. Everything fell into place and I could afford to do a lot of stuff in-house. I know acquiring land is a huge challenge for young farmers, but be persistent. The first quarter is the hardest. Then you can use the first one for leverage to buy the second, and then it can grow from there.
Today, my focus has shifted away from acquiring land. I don’t have an acreage goal. It’s more about lifestyle, which can vary from working fewer hours on the weekends to going on a nicer employee trip to spending a few more minutes with employees during their morning coffee breaks.
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