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Kevin Spafford is Farm Journal’s succession planning expert for the Farm Journal Legacy Project.  He hosts the nationally-televised ‘Leave a Legacy’ TV, facilitates an ongoing series of workshops for farm families across the U.S., and is the author of Legacy by Design: Succession Planning for Agribusiness Owners.

So You Wanna Be a Farmer

Oct 30, 2012

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"Wanted: Full-time, professional farmer. Must be dedicated to feeding and clothing the surrounding community and working long hours. You'll learn about varieties, agronomy, preservation, packaging, transportation, people, marketing and sales. This position requires an ability to learn, troubleshoot problems, complete projects and research alternative solutions. It is located in any town across the U.S. and is available to anyone with a burning desire to succeed."
 

In the study "Local Foods Marketing Channels Encompass a Wide Range of Producers" by Sarah A. Low and Stephen Vogel, we learn that "small and midsized farms with local food sales were more likely to consider farming as the principal operator's primary occupation than comparably sized farms without local food sales. Overall, farm operators selling locally were 30% more likely than other operators to list their primary occupation as farming; small-farm operators selling food locally were 50% more likely to do so."

What about you? All it takes are a good idea and a solid business plan. Even if it's not your ultimate career choice, it is a beginning, and you might become the Sam Walton of American produce...

What about you? All it takes are a good idea and a solid business plan. Even if it's not your ultimate career choice, it is a beginning, and you might become the Sam Walton of American produce...
 
News & Resources for You:
 
First take a close look at your business plan.
 
Now, ready to build your dream farm?
 
Be sure to think big thoughts. 
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