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Access to Markets: Cooperatives

2017-04-25 22:20:52| National Farmers Union

By Jimmy Dula, NFU Intern Although you might not know it, cooperatives are woven throughout every industry in the United States, including housing, banking, agriculture, food retail, and healthcare, providing people with basic goods and services through collectivelyowned and democratically organized businesses and organizations. Opportunitiesfor cooperatives exist when a group ofpeople or organizations share a […]

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Access to Efficiency: The Wienk Charolais Farm Family & Technology

2017-04-21 23:25:34| National Farmers Union

By Lura Roti, South Dakota Farmers Union Thumbing through a recent Wienk Charolais sale catalogue, Arnold Wienk, 78, recalls what it was like in the early years. When I first sold bulls, the only number we gave buyers was the birthdate. The glossy flyer is filled with photos of breeding stock and several columns of […]

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Access to Capital: Two Roots Farm & Slow Money

2017-04-20 17:49:44| National Farmers Union

By Harper Kaufman, Co-Owner and Operator of Two Roots Farm Christian and I fell in love with farming not too long after we fellin love with each other. Before graduating from the University of Montana, we had our first farming experience at PEAS Farm, the university farm near campus. While there,we began to grasp the […]

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Access to Capital: Slow Money

2017-04-18 18:39:22| National Farmers Union

By Jimmy Dula, NFU Intern As public interest in local and organic food increases, new markets have emergedin response to higher demand for these products. However, producers often need access to additional capital in order to access these markets. In response, Woody Tasch authored Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered, a […]

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Access to Land: The Birgen Farm Family & Succession Planning

2017-04-14 18:23:43| National Farmers Union

By Lura Roti, South Dakota Farmers Union Like most South Dakota farms 50 years ago, the Birgens farm resembled that of the Old McDonald nursery rhyme. We raised cattle, chickens, sheep, had milk cows and stock cows, but back then, everyone did. You sold cream and eggs, recalls Matt Birgen, an 86-year-old Korean War Veteran […]

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