Five Farm Diversification Tactics For 2018

January 2, 2018 04:00 AM
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Across the U.S., row-crop and livestock producers are exploring new ways to do business and add value to the commodities they produce. Here's a look at some ways you might grow in the New Year.

  1. Open A Restaurant
  2. Build Services Around An Existing Gap
  3. Pursue Organics
  4. Embrace Technology
  5. Go Beyond Row Crops

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Spell Check

Ames, IA
1/5/2018 10:34 AM

  But you can't grow tomatoes in January in Iowa. Well, at least ones outside, and inside, nobody wants to eat them. And oranges, you can't ever grow in Iowa. Reminded me of the local news in Des Moines last night of the country's biggest peacock flock that is in Iowa. The peafowl died in this two weeks cold. And that's on top of a wipe out five years ago from a tornado. Some things needed to be measured and moderation practiced. Forty years ago, feed was high and winters cold. Cattle feeding declined, and hogs were on the way out until they moved the hogs indoors. And cattle south. Just consider think? Will it work? Can it work? That restaurant needs customers, day in, day out, lots of customers and a good cook. Don't have those, it'll flop and the bank account will sink. Think!

Craigville, IN
1/4/2018 07:46 AM

  1. Open a Restaurant- Let's just jump from the frying pan into the fire! Before you run out and open a restaurant because you like to cook, check into the survival statistics. 95% of all new opening restaurants fail within the first year. Unless you have serious restaurant management experience, opening a restaurant is a sure fire way to lose your shirt. Dumb idea. Really dumb idea.


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