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    How to become a farmer?

    Been farming long - How to become a farmer

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    Ever since I was a you500彩票手机软件下载ng boy I had the inkling to be a farmer. I think it was because I used to work with my god father on his dairy farm. There were many times where I helped him out as best I could at my you500彩票手机软件下载ng age. I always wondered what it would have been like to be a farmer, but never got to fully explore it. My problem was that my family were not farmers. My dad worked as a web master with his company, so at that time farming seemed like the furthest thing . Yet, there was that thought about being a farmer and what it would be like if I were to be one.  Which leads me to my question how to become a farmer.

    How to become a farmer?

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    To my surprise and delight, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has some great information here. Also, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has some information as well.

    Another main question that I find myself presented with is, “can I run a business?” Personally, I have never run a business by myself. I know many people have tried the entrepreneur route, but I haven’t yet. This particular aspect scares me because I am not sure how much of a self starter I am when it comes to business.

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    How to become a farmer can be broken down into some basic steps.

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    2. Acquire money.
    3. Find good land.
    4. Run you500彩票手机软件下载r farm as a business.
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    One of the main concerns of being a new farmer is, “can you500彩票手机软件下载 afford it?” Farming is not cheap. With cities increasing in size, the surrounding land is increasing in price, so if you500彩票手机软件下载 are a new farmer, it can be very difficult to find affordable land.

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    • Can you500彩票手机软件下载 afford farming?

    Farming community

    In my quest to find helpful tips for new farmers, I actually contacted a farmer to see what he had to say about the topic. I contacted Philip Shaw and asked him if he could give me some advice. The response I got was incredible.  He was  actually inspired to write a whole post in response to my question.  He provided me with some very insightful and meaningful pieces of advice.

    The advice he gave me was this

    1. You need capital,
    2. Don’t over extend you500彩票手机软件下载rself into debt.
    3. Embrace new technology, but evaluate it first before using it.
    4. Have a vision.
    5. Gain knowledge of agricultural economics.

    I have merely provided a snippet of the article he wrote. You can find the full article with all the details here when it is fully published.

    Conclusion

    Farming is a tough life, and you500彩票手机软件下载 need to make tough decisions. Consider the information that I have presented before you500彩票手机软件下载 jump into it.

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    Comments

    1. HI have a big space were i can put my farm but idon’t not how to stat,
      can you500彩票手机软件下载 help me.

    2. C. Jacobs says:

      The “You Been Farming Long” photo should be credited to D. Jacobs, who took the photo and holds the copyright. She won’t mind you500彩票手机软件下载 using it, but credit would be appreciated.

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