Editor’s note: This is the latest post in our “You Grow, Girl!” series highlighting female farmers – from the northern reaches of Canada to the heartland of the U.S. From the western coast of Africa to the rolling hills of France and beyond. The series amplifies the voices of female farmers, who play vital roles in agriculture worldwide. Here, they share their unique perspectives on food, family and farming.
By Sofia Faruqi, manager, New Restoration Economy, World Resources Institute
Hundreds of people have died in northern Kenya in recent months due to conflict between armed cattle herders and the wildlife conservation community. During my visits to this part of Kenya over the last two years, I was surprised to find livestock in a region renowned for wildlife. The grasslands are home not only to elephants and zebras but also to cows and goats.
Matt Ritenour is a crop insurance specialist for MidAtlantic Farm Credit and has been helping farmers manage the risks of dealing with Mother Nature and market fluctuations since 2005.
The spring sales season for crop insurance is just around the corner, with important decisions needing to be made and new programs from the 2014 Farm Bill to be carefully considered. Here are just a few of the new changes for the 2015 crop year:
Rick Hermonot and Jon Jaffe are consultants with Farm Credit East, working out of the Dayville office. Rick has been with Farm Credit for 27 years, and Jon has been with the organization for 31 years.
As agricultural producers start to think about planning for the eventual transition of their operation to the next generation, there are five essential steps that will facilitate a smooth transition and help ensure the financial stability of all involved.
By Sarah Tyree, Vice President, Government Affairs, CoBank
Sarah Tyree provides a seasoned perspective on issues affecting rural America with more than 24 years of experience in rural development policy for state and federal governments and the biotechnology industry, as well as in domestic and international agriculture.
The Business of Agriculture series covers finance, accounting and other business topics to help both beginning farmers and ranchers as well as experienced operators. Stephen Book is VP Credit Officer for Capital Farm Credit. He has been with the Farm Credit System for ten years, and is based in Lubbock, Texas.
The Business of Agriculture series covers finance, accounting and other business topics to help both beginning farmers and ranchers as well as experienced operators. Lisa Storm is Vice President, Credit Administrator with AgGeorgia Farm Credit, working in Perry, Ga. She’s been with the Farm Credit System for 13 years.
The Business of Agriculture series covers finance, accounting and other business topics to help both beginning farmers and ranchers as well as experienced operators.
It’s no secret that agriculture is a capital-intensive business, with land, buildings, vehicles, equipment, livestock and inputs all adding to the price tag. Especially for beginning farmers, the amount of capital needed, both upfront and on an ongoing basis, can seem insurmountable. One way to reduce this capital requirement is to lease rather than buy.