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  • A New Era of Farm Employees: Farm Technicians vs. Farm Hands?

    By Gregory Heilers

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    Traditional agricultural skills that made civilization possible are still alive and in use today. At the same time, hundreds of farm technician job listings across the US, and the rise of precision agriculture and software, clearly evidence the need for technologically-savvy farm technicians in the 21st century agricultural industry. It’s no surprise that tech-friendly millennials interested in farming are encouraged by these developments, which may make farming less labor intensive than in generations past... Compost still grows grass; chickens still like fly larvae... At Polyface Farms, Joel will “take the guy who can move 5,000 chickens in 60 minutes with nothing more than a hand dolly over the technocrat...

    Starting from Scratch - How Beginning Farmers can Break Ground

    By Gregory Heilers

    Published 11 months ago

    Despite the fact that there is near-guaranteed job security, thanks to booming population growth, many beginning farmers face seemingly insurmountable obstacles to bringing a product to market. In this article, we’re going to cover how young farmers can start from the ground up, even if they don’t come from a family of farmers. Informing this subject is Jason Silverman, the Massachusetts Field Agent of Land For Good, and Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farm. Jason’s experience as a first generation farmer, and as an agent connecting farmers with resources, balances well with Joel’s, who took over the family farm, and has since mentored scores of intern cohorts... By not “getting in over their heads at first, even if it means a backyard garden and a flock of chickens,” beginning farmers can continue to grow their skills and work towards a future of farming...

    Categories: Agribusiness

    How to Source Farm Interns

    By Gregory Heilers

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    The Keenans were up to their elbows in infrastructure projects, animal husbandry, and a burgeoning farmstay business, and needed help in a bad way. Balancing a post and beam, lime plaster home construction project against caretaking goats and chickens, while juggling four human kids to boot, left the Keenans with little time for their personal lives. So, the family turned to the outside world for help. As a recent college grad excited about farming, I responded to their advertisement, and soon found my way to the delightful Keenan homestead. For eight hours a day (tea breaks aside - we were in The Wirral, afterall), I helped the Keenans build their future home, steward their livestock, and even watched their children...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Marketing, Specialty

    Nuisance Lawsuits are Taking a Bite Out of Big Pork

    By Maria Dampman

    Published 1 years, 7 days ago

    In 1611, William Aldred took his neighbor to court. Thomas Benton was being sued for “erecting a hogstye so near the house of the plaintiff that the air thereof was corrupted. ” In common language, the pigs stank, making it impossible for Aldred to enjoy his home which, in his words, had become “unbearable to live in... If a person moves next door to an existing farm, and after a few months, determines they can’t stand the smell of chickens then they are unable to bring a suit... Many people live their lives never setting foot on a farm to see what it takes for a farmer to raise the cows, chickens and pigs...

    Categories: Hogs

    Poultry Farming

    Public
    A group for poultry farmers to discuss all aspects of raising chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, etc.
    Interest: Poultry

    Casey And Adam Luck United States, VA, Spotsylvania

    About: We are a small family farm. We have been gardening for years and this year branched out to include chickens and bees. Currently looking into expanding with goats as well.
    Interests: Corn, Peanuts, Specialty/Vegetable, Dairy, Poultry, Cover Crops, Organic

    Terry Siegfried United States, SD, Newell

    Business Title: Bear Butte Boers
    About: Retired military. Raising goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, maybe a pig or three, and other edible animals and vegetation, too. We also have horses in case we run out of things to do.
    Interests: Poultry, Cover Crops, Irrigation, Grass, Meat Goat

  • Casey And Adam Luck United States, VA, Spotsylvania

    About: We are a small family farm. We have been gardening for years and this year branched out to include chickens and bees. Currently looking into expanding with goats as well.
    Interests: Corn, Peanuts, Specialty/Vegetable, Dairy, Poultry, Cover Crops, Organic

    Terry Siegfried United States, SD, Newell

    Business Title: Bear Butte Boers
    About: Retired military. Raising goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, maybe a pig or three, and other edible animals and vegetation, too. We also have horses in case we run out of things to do.
    Interests: Poultry, Cover Crops, Irrigation, Grass, Meat Goat

  • Poultry Farming

    Public
    A group for poultry farmers to discuss all aspects of raising chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, etc.
    Interest: Poultry

  • A New Era of Farm Employees: Farm Technicians vs. Farm Hands?

    By Gregory Heilers

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    Traditional agricultural skills that made civilization possible are still alive and in use today. At the same time, hundreds of farm technician job listings across the US, and the rise of precision agriculture and software, clearly evidence the need for technologically-savvy farm technicians in the 21st century agricultural industry. It’s no surprise that tech-friendly millennials interested in farming are encouraged by these developments, which may make farming less labor intensive than in generations past... Compost still grows grass; chickens still like fly larvae... At Polyface Farms, Joel will “take the guy who can move 5,000 chickens in 60 minutes with nothing more than a hand dolly over the technocrat...

    Starting from Scratch - How Beginning Farmers can Break Ground

    By Gregory Heilers

    Published 11 months ago

    Despite the fact that there is near-guaranteed job security, thanks to booming population growth, many beginning farmers face seemingly insurmountable obstacles to bringing a product to market. In this article, we’re going to cover how young farmers can start from the ground up, even if they don’t come from a family of farmers. Informing this subject is Jason Silverman, the Massachusetts Field Agent of Land For Good, and Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farm. Jason’s experience as a first generation farmer, and as an agent connecting farmers with resources, balances well with Joel’s, who took over the family farm, and has since mentored scores of intern cohorts... By not “getting in over their heads at first, even if it means a backyard garden and a flock of chickens,” beginning farmers can continue to grow their skills and work towards a future of farming...

    Categories: Agribusiness

    How to Source Farm Interns

    By Gregory Heilers

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    The Keenans were up to their elbows in infrastructure projects, animal husbandry, and a burgeoning farmstay business, and needed help in a bad way. Balancing a post and beam, lime plaster home construction project against caretaking goats and chickens, while juggling four human kids to boot, left the Keenans with little time for their personal lives. So, the family turned to the outside world for help. As a recent college grad excited about farming, I responded to their advertisement, and soon found my way to the delightful Keenan homestead. For eight hours a day (tea breaks aside - we were in The Wirral, afterall), I helped the Keenans build their future home, steward their livestock, and even watched their children...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Marketing, Specialty

    Nuisance Lawsuits are Taking a Bite Out of Big Pork

    By Maria Dampman

    Published 1 years, 7 days ago

    In 1611, William Aldred took his neighbor to court. Thomas Benton was being sued for “erecting a hogstye so near the house of the plaintiff that the air thereof was corrupted. ” In common language, the pigs stank, making it impossible for Aldred to enjoy his home which, in his words, had become “unbearable to live in... If a person moves next door to an existing farm, and after a few months, determines they can’t stand the smell of chickens then they are unable to bring a suit... Many people live their lives never setting foot on a farm to see what it takes for a farmer to raise the cows, chickens and pigs...

    Categories: Hogs

  • Posted By Gregory Heilers
    1 years, 3 months ago

    The legendary Joel Salatin weighed in on this article with advice on how to find the perfect intern! https://agfuse.com/article/how-to-source-farm-interns

    Posted By Gregory Heilers
    1 years, 3 months ago

    This is a great point, Mark. I totally agree that trade skills are "endangered." The stereotypical "farm laborer" certainly possesses some of these skills, and I appreciate your point that outsourcing those is very costly.

    On the farm I have most recent experience working on, my dad's lucky to have a wonderful jack of all trades. This man has his own shop a dozen miles from the farm, where he can repair almost any malfunctioning machinery, and he just charges the $20/hr he does for any other work on farm. That same work done in town would cost significantly more, plus you'd need to add time and fuel costs for loading, hauling, and unloading the equipment - both ways.

    I think Joel Salatin was also, in part, speaking to your point when he mentioned that he'd “take the guy who can move 5,000 chickens in 60 minutes with nothing more than a hand dolly over the technocrat.” The quote taken out of context doesn't perfectly align, but I believe the sentiment is similar.

    I appreciate your thoughts, and the fact that you are bringing a wealth of expertise to an industry that certainly will benefit from it!

    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    1 years, 4 months ago

    https://www.theaccidentalagronomist.com/news/2018/4/23/ag-101-week-17

    Posted By Poultry Farming
    1 years, 2 months ago

    https://www.agriculture.com/markets/newswire/focus-chinas-poultry-giant-goes-to-lab-in-quest-for-meatier-chickens

    Posted By Poultry Farming
    4 weeks ago

    "Controlling bacteria in backyard chickens"

    https://thepoultrysite.com/articles/controlling-bacteria-in-backyard-chickens

    Posted By Vegetable Production
    2 months ago

    https://www.farmprogress.com/crops/growing-hydroponic-vegetables-inside-poultry-houses

    Posted By Poultry Farming
    2 months ago

    https://thepoultrysite.com/news/2019/06/cooling-chickens-with-sprinklers-has-multiple-benefits

    Posted By Poultry Farming
    4 months ago

    "Ancestral wisdom: what the ancestors of today's ducks and chickens can teach us about natural behaviours"

    https://thepoultrysite.com/articles/ancestral-wisdom-how-the-ancestors-of-ducks-and-chickens-can-keep-modern-flocks-healthy

    Posted By Poultry Farming
    9 months ago

    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/poultrynews/40661/silicon-supplement-could-improve-bone-strength-and-welfare-of-millions-of-chickens-a-year/

    Posted By Poultry Farming
    11 months ago

    https://www.agriculture.com/markets/newswire/update-1-millions-of-chickens-drown-in-florence-floodwaters-manure-pits-damaged