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Tip Of The Week Don’t forget that this life is about community. Rural Crime In The U.S. https://www.kget.com/news/local-news/goats-allegedly-stolen-from-highland-high-school/ https://tscra.org/crime-watch-cow-missing-near-lake-striker/?fbclid=IwAR3zVjLuEKX6gjuio3lAuo49CliCyRkHj-KqrOITMS47cRC4N4v-ueAu8eo https://tscra.org/crime-watch-cow-missing-nea…
 
Have you ever gone to a wedding in somebody's old barn, loved the venue, had a great time and later asked your spouse, "why don't we do that"? It looks simple doesn't it? Most people don't have land or barns, so, if you have one, the other or both, why wouldn't people just flock to your property and pay you thousands of dollars to have their weddin…
 
On today's re-cap episode we are going back into the archives into one of my trips out to North Carolina to speak at the University Of Mount Olive. While I was there I was lucky enough to visit the Broadslab Distillery and hear a great story of entrepreneurship and full-time farming. I'm happy to bring this interview with Jeremy Norris back to you …
 
When you are young, you have energy, and you might as well take advantage of it! That is very true for today's guest, Lane Willard. Lane is between his 9th and 10th Grade years right now, and he has one year of FFA under his belt. And, he has been busy. In addition to working on his families farm, he is playing sports, raising his own livestock, fa…
 
I've got nothing but gratitude for you in this episode. We just hit 2 million downloads, and my mind is blown! I've known this was coming for some time, but I don't think it really hit me until I actually saw the number on the screen. What makes this more unbelievable is that we just celebrated hitting our one millionth download in August of 2021. …
 
All summer we have been profiling students transitioning from their 9th to their 10th grade years in the FFA. These interviews are a lot of fun to do because if I can ask just the right question I can tap into area of expertise that are already developed in these young students. Our guest today is Hayven Smethurst. She has a lot of involvement in t…
 
Tip Of The Week Is there a way to make your livestock stand out if stolen? Rural Crime In The U.S. https://etvnews.com/udaf-issues-warning-rising-number-of-stolen-livestock-and-livestock-killings/ https://www.enidnews.com/news/pollard-farms-former-ranch-manager-accused-of-stealing-selling-cattle/article_30231848-140d-11ed-80d3-43d738f3af80.html Acr…
 
I am sure you have heard it said before that farmers take great care of everything: livestock, soil, crops, equipment - except they neglect themselves. This neglect can come in the form of nutrition, exercise and mental well being. In fact, even though farming is associated with very difficult, manual labor, with a lot of the technology that is ava…
 
On tomorrow's ag business episode I am profiling an entrepreneur who is staying fit on her farm. I thought bringing back this episode with Dolly Denson, "The Fit Stock Show Mom", was the perfect segue into this business interview. Today, Dolly has grown her business even more and is the host of the "Be The Mom Movement Podcast". The original show n…
 
When I conducted my interview with Carter Ollendick it was right before he and his parliamentary procedure team departed for a competition. Naturally, I asked him about his participation in both the Conduct Of Meetings team as well as the Parli team during the interview, and he had something interesting to say. He told me that he would recommend pa…
 
There are a lot of horrible stories out there right now about the natural disasters that our fellow humans, and more specifically, our fellow farmers and ranchers, are experiencing. If you are not going through these dramatic hardships, and you have tinges of guilt about "why not me" or "why am I so lucky", you are not dealing with something abnorm…
 
Everyone likes to joke about sibling fights, sibling rivalries, etc. And, of course, there is a little bit of truth in every joke or it just wouldn't be funny. However, many of the students that I get to interview on the show live way out on farms or in very small towns where their siblings might be the only other kids around. And, when they are be…
 
Tip Of The Week Nobody, even a judge is above the law! Rural Crime In The U.S. https://www.facebook.com/1405668393032001/posts/pfbid028u7vQu4YyvuM1kjxGjokmewm9na8PzAGBeMnbinWtG4TVZYtU4PS36Uv3UWxsxjDl/?d=n https://www.wvva.com/2022/07/25/higher-drug-use-linked-increase-crime-wyoming-county/ Across The Pond, Down Under And Up Above https://uk.movies.…
 
In today's episode we are interviewing a fascinating entrepreneur with a fascinating, value added, agricultural business. Tina Schooler and her husband farm lavender, and they create a myriad of value added products with the lavender that, until this interview, I did not know were possible to make. Chief on my list to try is the lavender beer bread…
 
This great interview with Alaskan, Jennifer Sharrock, is the perfect tie in to tomorrow's Ag Business Interview. Jennifer is a teacher at heart and teaches people in Alaska how to grow their own food and increase their self-sufficiency. It is my pleasure to bring this interview back to you today. The original show notes are below. SHOW NOTES It is …
 
What year in school is too soon to start an agricultural business that serves large farmers? I'm not sure, but, based on today's interview, I know that the answer is not 9th Grade. Ashton Brusveen has just completed his 9th Grade year of high school, and he has been part of the FFA since 7th Grade. He has grown up farming on his families land, help…
 
I think that every one of us that owns property, raises livestock or grows crops has days that, as hard as you try, you cannot remember why you are doing this. Some days can be so frustrating that you just cannot remember why it is all worth it. I am definitely having one of those days today, and I'll share the whole story with you on today's episo…
 
It has been a lot of fun to profile this group of FFA students as they begin their journeys in this fantastic organization. One of the reasons I enjoy it so much is it gives me a chance to capture their level of knowledge, sophistication and responsibility right at the beginning of their journey. Then, in a few years I can speak with them again and…
 
Tip Of The Week Lions And Teen Driver’s, Oh My Rural Crime In The U.S. https://www.deltaplexnews.com/jefferson-county-sheriffs-office-searching-for-stolen-tractor/ https://kgab.com/cheyenne-police-asking-for-publics-help-in-solving-trailer-theft/ Across The Pond, Down Under And Up Above https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/20292758.17-year-old-bo…
 
I am a huge fan of wool and wool clothing. I am also a huge fan of my family heritage and legacy. But....I am no comparison when it comes to today's guest. Starting when she was 13 years old, Kelsey Patton, decided that she wanted to knit a sweater. However, she and her mother did not just go buy her some yarn so she could get started. Instead, the…
 
On tomorrow's Ag Business Episode I am profiling a very impressive entrepreneur with a passion for wool. I also have a passion for wool, which was reflected in this solo episode from 2019. Below are the original show notes: Show Notes Me and the whole family were back up in the Wood River Valley of Idaho this weekend so that I could elk hunt. It ju…
 
Our guest today is well ahead of her time advocating for agriculture and dispelling myths about animal ag as well as the FFA. After listening to her interview, there will be no question in your mind why she is doing this. Taylor Russell comes from a rich, Wisconsin, FFA tradition. Her aunt was the first ever female national officer from Wisconsin, …
 
It almost seems like farming has taken a back seat for me this summer so far. Immediately after getting home from a very rare, but very large and fun vacation it was time to start turning over a rental house from which a tenant had moved out. So, I've been irrigating in the morning, getting work done on the podcast and then heading into Boise to wo…
 
Our guest today is not afraid to get started. She first began raising goats when she was five years old by asking for a pet goat for her birthday. Her parents said that she could have one only if she took responsibility for it, and she did without hesitation. Fast forward 8 years, and Kylie Mann found herself in her second year of FFA during the 8t…
 
Tip Of The Week Clean out the garage and the shop to make room for vehicles. Rural Crime In The U.S. https://fox40.com/news/local-news/catalytic-converter-woodland-police-etch/ https://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/gas-theft-becoming-an-issue-for-farmers-in-kern-county https://www.valleycentral.com/news/local-news/pharr-pd-searching-for-stolen-t…
 
On today's episode Ryan Conklin, attorney and owner of Wright & Moore Law Co. in Delaware, Ohio, returns to the show to discuss another revenue generating agreement possible on your farm. Ryan first appeared on the show in episode #1353 where we discussed cell tower leases and what to look for if you were going to put one on your farm. In today's e…
 
On tomorrow's Ag Business episode we are going to be discussing create and outside the box ways of creating off-farm income to support your dreams of farming or your farming lifestyle. This interview that I conducted with Stacy Funderburke about agricultural easements outside of Atlanta, Georgia back in 2021 is a perfect lead in to tomorrow's episo…
 
What a wonderful thing an inquisitive mind can be. This is especially true for an FFA student, and it always amazes me how soon this begins to show itself. For today's guest, Meredith Shanks, her inquisitive mind started to show very early, and this was partially because she was able to begin the FFA very early. In Portage, Wisconsin students are a…
 
Our Tuesday episode this week coincidentally comes out on my 49th's birthday! Talking about my birthday is not really what I want to do, but as I thought about the fact that one year from today I will be turning 50, I had some thoughts. Really what it has come down to is that my vision of what my farm life would look like comes more true each and e…
 
As you all know, I am a big fan of SAE Grants, and I wish that every FFA student would take advantage of this opportunity. So, I don't take it lightly when a student does. In today's "Featured Freshman" episode we are talking with Ella Raatz from Colby, Wisconsin. Ella lives in town, keeps dairy heifers at the farms of people that she shows cattle …
 
Tip Of The Week Know your rights, and also know that law enforcement is trying to do the right thing. Rural Crime In The U.S. https://www.khon2.com/hawaii-crime/waianae-farm-pleads-for-help-after-special-fencing-was-stolen/ https://www.pahomepage.com/news/state-police-looking-for-monroe-county-tractor-thief/ Across The Pond, Down Under And Up Above…
 
On today's episode we are profiling a company that has come up with a very unique concept to improve farming and improve lives locally, here in the United States, as well as globally. I will be speaking with Randy Krotz, the CEO of Agwiki, and he will be talking all about the concept and why it is both beneficial to American Farmers while being ben…
 
On tomorrow's ag business episode I am profiling a company using a new concept of social media to improve farming and share farming methods all over the world. I thought replaying a solo episode I did about how to use Linkedin to grow your business would fit in nicely for our re-cap episode. So, I am replaying episode #678 for you today. Below are …
 
Tessa Camacho is the very first "featured freshman" guest to come on the Off-Farm Income Podcast. And she came highly recommended by a previous guest, Mackenzie Camacho, who happens to be her older sister. You might remember MacKenzie from episode #1195 when she was an American Star Finalist, and when I was lucky enough to meet her in person at the…
 
Today is the first time I've been behind the microphone since 6/21/22 and the first time I've been on the farm since 6/22/22. I've got stories to share! Plus, we are doing something special with FFA interviews for the rest of the summer. More Places You Can Listen to Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald:…
 
I was have not been in or anywhere close to the farm studio all week. Since, I produce the rural crime episodes "fresh", the day before they publish each week, I was not able to produce one for you this week up to the quality standard that I hold myself to. In lieu of a "stale" rural crime episode I decided to share the rural crime prevention tips …
 
I did an episode a few months back titled "it was all because I wanted cattle". Everything that is currently true about my present and future lifestyle can be traced back to this one desire. Today's guest has the same type of story, and oh, where that has taken her. In addition to a love for cattle and a desire to have raising livestock be a part o…
 
Tomorrow I am profiling a young lady that has dove into the feed business in a huge way. As a great lead in to that interview, I chose to replay this powerful interview with Sandy Hansen-Wolff about the challenges she faced and the things she overcame in establishing her own feed and see business. The original show notes can be found below. SHOW NO…
 
I've done two interviews with students from New Hampshire in the history of the show, and today is #2. What a fascinatingly different way of life then I am used to in the West! Our guest today is a lobster fisherman. Ella Byrne has grown up in the lobster industry with an entrepreneurial father who is a self-taught lobsterman and also has a maple s…
 
Holden Nuhn first appeared on the Off-Farm Income Podcast back in 2019 when he was a 9th grader on episode #623. This was before Covid, and we had no idea what was coming! Back then I was so impressed with his "could-do" attitude, and how he had found a way to show dairy animals even though he didn't have any of his own. On Today's episode, Holden …
 
Tip Of The Week Steel, Copper & Fuel are all expensive - guard anything of value right now. Rural Crime In The U.S. https://www.salina.com/story/news/2022/06/15/salina-grain-elevator-sees-theft-over-30-k-copper-wire/7610694001/ https://www.wbko.com/2022/06/15/ohio-county-sheriffs-office-searching-stolen-vintage-plow/ https://www.14news.com/2022/06/…
 
Soooo, you want to know what my favorite business that I've ever profiled on the show is do you? Well, I still can't pick, but a brewery where delicious beers, delectable meals and lots of fun are all located has to be in the top three! Today's guests, Trent and Vicki Bushner, are full-time farmers in Yuma County, Colorado. And for the past 25+ yea…
 
Tomorrow we are featuring a farm couple who has started a fun and successful brewery in Eastern Colorado. I thought a look back and the opportunities surrounding hop farming would fit right in. Below are the original show notes: SHOW NOTES KEY IDEAS: I have three themes that I want to cover this week. All of them have to do with entrepreneurship: H…
 
I am always happy and honored when a listener reached out and requests to be part of the show. Sometimes it is a fit, and sometimes it is not, but I am always thrilled that they want to be part of what we are doing here. Our guest today is one such listener. Kyleigh Render is a very impressive FFA student. She will be "graduating" from high school …
 
I have been saying for quite sometime that direct marketing grass finished beef at a premium price was the equivalent of selling a luxury item and that when the economy got bad there would be less customers for this type of product. I've also been curious about the entire local food movement that has been growing and thriving for so many years now.…
 
Rarely does this happen, but today's interview features the daughter of my previous Friday episode guest. Shelby Shuman has just finished her junior year of high school, and she has been conducting auctions since she was twelve years old. Early on in her auction career she knew she wanted to start her own business, but she never really implemented …
 
Tip Of The Week Keep you cell phone with you around the farm: https://wgno.com/technology/man-tracks-apple-watch-to-find-sons-stolen-car/ Rural Crime In The U.S. https://ktvo.com/news/local/man-uses-fake-67500-check-to-steal-tractor-hay-rake-from-outside-memphis https://whky.com/tractor-truck-stolen-from-springs-road/ https://www.turnto23.com/news/…
 
Is there any more fundamental business to the world of agriculture than that of auctioneering? I say "no". Auctioneers have been there in good times and in bad times, whenever folks need to sell farms, ranches, equipment or otherwise, for whatever reason. The auctioneer is always there trying to maximize what these folks get for their lifetime of w…
 
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