Ag 101 Beginning A Successful Small Farm . Terry E. Poole Extension Agent Frederick County. Small Farm Operator Objectives. 1- How to simplify production techniques. 2- How to locate the most efficient equipment and tools. 3- How to reduce costs, increase profitability.
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Terry E. Poole
1- How to simplify production techniques.
2- How to locate the most efficient equipment and tools.
3- How to reduce costs, increase profitability.
4- How to efficiently market what the farm produces.
1850-1869 $100 in sales
1870-1899 $500 in sales, or 3 acres
1900-1909 1 full-time person
1910-1924 $250, or 3 acres,or 1 person
1925-1949 $250 in sales, or 3 acres
1950-1958 $150 & 3 acres, or $250
1959-1974 $50 & 10 acres, or $250
1975-present $1,000 in sales
#1 Stay at Home
- your farm is your life and work
#2 Be honest about luxuries
- separate business and pleasure
#3 Build relationships with the neighbors
- don’t be stuck-up, a know-it-all, or a complainer
#4 Invest in money making things
- a livable house is all you need
#5 Be committed
- get up when you fall down
#6 Do something
- it’s in the doing (right or wrong) that is how you learn
#7 Write down a plan
- boil down your approach to a single goal
#8 Fully utilize your resources
- inventory the farm, more ideas will come with experience
#9 Surround yourself with competent counsel
- look for people who are doing successfully what you want to do
#10 Be consistent
- don’t start and stop endeavors
1. Don’t give advice - unsolicited advice is unappreciated
2. Watch your appearance - nose rings make farmers uneasy
3. Offer assistance - average age of farmer is nearly 60
4. Don’t blab your dreams - most farmers don’t have big dreams
5. Anything you borrow, bring it back better than you found it - be careful about borrowing things
6. Respect your neighbor’s property - keep your animals home
7. Join appropriate local ag organizations - these are educational and social
8. Invite neighbors over for a meal - holidays are a good time for this
9. Do business in the community - patronize neighbors and other farmers as much as possible
10. Talk - farmers love to lean on a truck and talk