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On this week’s edition, we get the latest on cotton planting in Arkansas, learn about the important connection between water fowl and rice farming, and hear the latest on what’s being done to fight the feral hog problem in the state. We also get an update on what’s happening at the state legislature.…
 
SHOW NOTES KEY IDEAS: One of the mantras of this show is that if you want to farm and to farm successfully you need to be willing to relocate. This has everything to do with land prices and land quality. If you live in an area that has inflated land prices due to land buyers that are not ag-related, your chances of making it and farming full-time d…
 
Thanks for joining us—It's the time of the year that stresses farmers. They’re waiting on the weather to get equipment out in the fields, and they have to decide what they’re going to plant. The big issue this year is input costs…everyone has to have a good swing crop, and farmers want the cheapest alternative. It's been a tough year because of Cov…
 
SHOW NOTES Today’s Friday episode is a little bit different than normal. There are two major points of value in this episode. First, is the lesson that when you take the step to reach out to others for help or advice you just never know where it will take you. Second, are some practical tips about how to start your own podcast for your own form of …
 
Subscribe To Our Weekly Email INTRODUCING JENNA SPANGLER: Obviously, the reason that I started interviewing FFA students was their involvement in entrepreneurship. The way that the FFA facilitates exposure and learning in entrepreneurship is second to none. And, as the title of this episode suggests it really is an entrepreneurship incubator. That …
 
I had an interesting opportunity pop up this weekend regarding consulting in my old field of law enforcement. It is not something that I am pursuing, but it is something that could be lucrative and really rewarding. Even though I was not interested, I have a friend who would be, and she is extremely qualified. Today I spoke with her on the telephon…
 
Good Monday morning welcome to the Idaho Farm Bureau market report, available on Spotify and iTunes. We’re coming to you from Boise where it’s 36-degrees here morning, 28 degrees in Pocatello and IF, 29-degrees in the Magic Valley, and 34-degrees in Moscow and CDA. Onto the markets May 21st Corn futures opens at $5.77 down 2 cents in Chicago. Wheat…
 
Subscribe To Our Weekly Email INTRODUCING ANNA RIDENOUR: I’ll start this post by saying happy birthday to today’s guest, Anna Ridenour, as her episode release date is on her 18th birthday! And, that does not happen that often. Anna is the epitome of what can happen to a student when they get involved in the FFA. I have seen more than once that a st…
 
Tip Of The Week Familiarize yourself with your local crime stoppers page. Rural Crime In The U.S. https://sanduskyregister.com/news/313827/reward-goes-up-for-farm-crime-info/ https://www.katc.com/news/vermilion-parish/sheriff-warning-residents-of-recent-atv-four-wheeler-thefts Across The Pond, Down Under And Up Above https://www.graincentral.com/ne…
 
SHOW NOTES I know that the title of this episode might be a little bit misleading. I mean, does anyone really get a full night’s sleep during calving season? However, we here at Off-Farm Income have uncovered an innovation that we would like to share with you. And, if the innovation works as advertised, and you grow to trust it, I believe you will …
 
Advice For The Beginning Cattle Farmer I have had two situations/conversations recently that have really made me want to ask everyone to hit the pause button for just a second before putting cattle on their places. And this has really made me think about this a little bit deeper. Let me first start by saying that as a person who loves agriculture, …
 
Spring has sprung and as families look for something to do with the family, GFB's Certified Farm Markets serve as a great place for that and thanks to the 2021 Farm Passport, they can have all kinds of family fun on Georgia Farms and even earn prizes in the meantime. Take a listen as we talk with Kelly Henry, GFB's Certified Farm Market Coordinator…
 
Subscribe To Our Weekly Email INTRODUCING ISAIAH HOPKINS: I have a lot of favorite businesses that I profile on the Off-Farm Income Podcast, and the business we will profile today is quickly becoming my favorite for FFA students. I have talked many times over the years about how I think the development of a lawn care business in the FFA can lead a …
 
We are heading into another planting season with last year’s Covid year fresh in everyone's mind. Congress passed the Paycheck Protection Plan, a program that helped farmers make paychecks to their workers. The big farms made out well, but the little guys had trouble accessing the program. This year there’s a fix to the program. In Washington the F…
 
Welcome to our Tuesday episode at the finale of March Madness everyone. On today’s show I am covering various topics: Trying out some new audio technology Easter, 2021 March Madness and the incredible Gonzaga/UCLA game on Saturday night Pulling goats in the middle of the night and bottle feeding. Pulling calves, thankfully during the daytime. What …
 
Good Monday morning welcome to the Idaho Farm Bureau market report, available on Spotify and iTunes. We’re coming to you from Boise where it’s 36-degrees here morning, 32 degrees in Pocatello and IF, 29-degrees in the Magic Valley and 32-degrees in Moscow and CDA. Onto the markets May 21st Corn futures closed march with gains of 4 to 7 cents, but d…
 
Subscribe To Our Weekly EmailINTRODUCING MATTHEW GRAB:You may wonder how we can produce so much food in the United States on an ever-shrinking footprint of ground with fewer and fewer people being involved in production agriculture. The answer is the natural curiosity of the American Farmer coupled with a passion for agriculture and an innovative m…
 
Tip Of The WeekConsider a gravel driveway so anyone coming in makes more noise.Rural Crime In The U.S.https://www.q13fox.com/news/atf-and-crime-stoppers-offering-cash-reward-up-to-6000-for-id-of-burglar-who-stole-15-pistols-in-auburnvhttps://www.telegraphherald.com/news/tri-state/article_5da0dc01-3614-59a6-815a-0b7ba08ae583.htmlAcross The Pond, Dow…
 
SHOW NOTESEverybody knows that obtaining land is the single biggest obstacle to overcome for a new or beginning farmer. And the current state of real estate all over the U.S. is pushing us towards the point that it seems almost impossible. So, if a person wants to farm on a commercial scale, what are they to do. In our society, innovation always se…
 
SHOW NOTESOur guest today has a very interesting story. Shelby Smith grew up on her family's farm just outside Ames, Iowa but her passion never seemed to lie with farming. Shelby is an exceptional athlete, and this is where she concentrated her time during high school, college, and later in graduate school. As a standout point guard on her high sch…
 
Subscribe To Our Weekly EmailINTRODUCING MISSY HAMILTON:For years now the percentage of Americans working in agriculture has been shrinking. As farms become more efficient and jobs in rural communities go away, more and more youth, move into urban areas for work. But, could we be seeing a change in this trend?In today's interview, we feature a gues…
 
Today, I've got a farm update for you, and I want to talk about the most fascinating story of recent memory - The story of the Suez Canal being blocked by one of the largest container ships in the world.Somehow, talking about what happened in Egypt spun into a mini-rant about not judging those who are willing to take risks until you have taken some…
 
Subscribe To Our Weekly EmailINTRODUCING SHAWN JAMISON:What is a "traditional FFA student"? I ask that question because I think the definition of a "traditional" FFA student is changing. In decades past of course it was a student who grew up on a farm and was furthering the farm education and future career in farming through this program. More rece…
 
Good Monday morning welcome to the Idaho Farm Bureau market report, available on Spotify and iTunes. We’re coming to you from Boise where it’s 36-degrees here morning, 32 degrees in Pocatello and IF, 27-degrees in the Magic Valley, and 29-degrees in Moscow and CDA. Onto the markets May 21st Corn futures are mixed this morning, with front months fra…
 
SHOW NOTESOn our rural crime episodes of the Off-Farm Income Podcast, we talk about livestock theft frequently. It is significantly more pervasive than anyone would ever suspect. And since the prices of puppies have skyrocketed during the pandemic we have covered a lot of stories about the theft of dogs and puppies. There is a real difference betwe…
 
SHOW NOTESThe essence of what we are trying to do at the Off-Farm Income Podcast is to give you a way to be successful in creating and then sustaining your farming and agricultural lifestyle. That really is a two-pronged attack. We tend to focus on just one of those prongs, and that is how to produce your off-farm income. Over 90% of farmers in the…
 
On this week’s edition, we learn how the state’s berry and peach crops fared after the hard freeze and winter storm of late February and we get one more update from the state legislature, including the latest on relaunching a state meat inspection program.Di Arkansas AgCast
 
SHOW NOTESKEY IDEAS: I have had a lot of great business ideas (in my opinion). So much so that one of the biggest challenges to being an entrepreneur for me is to not chase every "great" idea that comes into my head. And thank goodness that I didn't because a great business idea is not necessarily a true business opportunity.For the bulk of us list…
 
Subscribe To Our Weekly EmailINTRODUCING MADISON NOLLEY:We all have something inside of us that drives us towards reaching our goals. For some of us, it is a desire to complete worthy goals. For others it the need to do everything correctly that gets us to the endpoint. And for some of us, it is competitiveness. Actually, there is probably a little…
 
Thanks for joining us, I'm Jake Putnam from the Boise office of the Idaho Farm Bureau. We are located just a block from the Idaho Statehouse. This is a special week around here… It's National Ag Day and Ag Week and it is during this week and on this day that we honor the nation’s farmers and ranchers. Without them, we don’t eat, and here in Idaho a…
 
Mike Rowe says to "never follow your passion, but bring it with you". He says a lot of other things on this topic as well, and he is correct. In today's episode I want to take what he has said, what I have done and what I have learned and see if we can't help you to figure out how to put together the puzzle that is the life you are looking for.Have…
 
Good Monday morning—We’re waking up to rain this morning in Boise. That's slowing farming a bit in SW Idaho. It’s 37 degrees this morning in the Treasure Valley, It's 36 and snowing in Poky, 28 in IF. In Northern Idaho, it’s 34 and snowing. On to the markets: Old crop corn futures start the week down a cent and a half from Friday.May 21 Corn opens …
 
For artist Ward Jenkins, what started out as just another job turned into a lot more than what he expected when he agreed to illustrate the book, “Tales of the Dairy Godmother.” What he found was a new appreciation for the ag industry, one that would have never happened if he hadn’t agreed to do the book. John catches up with him and discusses how …
 
Subscribe To Our Weekly EmailINTRODUCING DALTON DENNIS:There are many pathways to finding success in small businesses and entrepreneurship. If you are fortunate enough to live in the United States there are myriads of people who will help you to succeed. When it comes to being an entrepreneur there are really two extremes. There are those who it ju…
 
Tip Of The WeekTrim trees up to 10’ around your home place and shrubs down to 18” to create natural surveillance.Rural Crime In The U.S.https://www.wkrn.com/news/crime-tracker/cattle-found-dead-of-apparent-starvation-near-monterey-farm/ Please be on the lookout for cows with this brand (left upper hip)! Some friends from Mackay, Idaho had 17 cows s…
 
SHOW NOTESAll of us in agriculture, whether you are a full-time farmer, you have a job in town or you run an agricultural business have at least one additional job, and that is advocating for agriculture. Perhaps when your industry becomes so efficient that it is only comprised of 1% of the population it is just easier to pick on, but agriculture d…
 
On this week’s edition, we talk to Sammy Angel of Lake Village, new president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association. We also talk to LaTeresa Watkins of Watkins Cattle Company in Boone County, and we get the latest update from the state legislature with Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Jeff Pitchford.Di Arkansas AgCast
 
SHOW NOTESKEY IDEAS: Today's episode is a profile of a 6th generation farmer. Mark Kannmacher's farming roots go all the way back to a farm located on the French and German border. After immigration to the United States, the tradition transferred to Illinois. Today, Mark is keeping the legacy alive, and he has found a way to farm full-time and hope…
 
Subscribe To Our Weekly EmailINTRODUCING BROOKLIN DRAKE:Today's guest has so much passion, enthusiasm, and fire for the FFA that you would never guess that her first two years in the organization were spent being basically inactive. Brooklin Drake came into the FFA simply by taking agriculture classes in high school in her small agricultural commun…
 
With Covid it's been a long rough year for ranchers… they're working hard, saw demand drop with restaurants close, and saw flat market prices. All of this at a time where meatpackers saw their profits skyrocket…The USDA took notice and the American Farm Bureau too…The Idaho Farm Bureau held a Beef committee meeting where they heard from American on…
 
KEY IDEAS:We are going to re-define "retirement" this week and show you how to get there immediately!"RETIREMENT"Our new definition of retirement is not the absence of work. It is the thrill of waking up in the morning and doing what you want to do. When we are in a job that is not the correct fit, we wake up and do what we have to do. Or, we do wh…
 
Good Monday morning—Thanks to daylight savings time the days longer and it was a nice warm weekend, still a bit windy, and some equipment moving in Idaho. It’s 34 degrees this morning in the Treasure Valley, It's 30 in Poky, 28 in IF. In Northern Idaho, it’s 32 and cloudy. On to the markets: Old crop corn futures start the week with fractional gain…
 
Subscribe To Our Weekly EmailINTRODUCING LUKE MILLAY:In spite of growing up on a farm, Luke Millay did not join his high school's FFA chapter until his sophomore year. During Luke's freshman year he was sure that he was going to be an engineer in the future, and he didn't see a reason to join. However, towards the end of the year, he was more expos…
 
Tip Of The WeekDon’t make adjustments based on your perception. Make adjustments based on what the criminal would think.Rural Crime In The U.S.https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/crime/payette-county-cattle-rustling-9-calves-taken/277-f21a97ca-fb8c-478b-ba7d-fd7a40878a30https://www.953mnc.com/2021/03/09/state-police-warn-of-theft-fraud-ring-targeting…
 
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