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Principles of Good Farming

Avoid headaches and heartaches when starting your farm by following these basic guidelines for success.

| March/April 2018

  • A reliable water source should be one of your top priorities.
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  • Basic veterinary skills will be invaluable.
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  • Diversifying your farm is important, but don’t let the idea overwhelm you early on.
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  • Expand your ventures on a small scale at first to minimize cost and potential loss.
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Making Your Small Farm Profitable (Storey, 1999) by Ron Macher offers tips to help turn your farm into a profitable business. Whether you're buying a new farm or jump-starting an old one, this expert advice will keep you on the path to success.

In the beginning stages of getting your farm off the ground, you’ll be making some crucial decisions, and there are a few fundamentals that will help guide anyone toward success. In addition to deciding where and what to farm, you’ll need some basic guidelines on farming itself. If you learn these basic principles and apply them to your farm, they will help you to avoid many future headaches and heartaches:

• Plan your farm and your goals carefully.

• Farm goals should be family goals.

• Look at the whole picture.

• A farmer should learn and grow through reading and meetings.

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