“Farmers farm for the love of farming.” Yes, there is a great joy in growing your own food. If you have a passion for growing food and raising your own animals, then you might want to become a farmer. Growing crop and livestock will give you satisfaction as well as generate a steady income for you. However, a farmer’s job is not easy, and you will need to perform a lot of physical activities at your farm. Farming is not something that is easy to do and certainly not an easy money making venture. So, unless you have a lot of passion for growing farm products, you will need to know what type of farming you are getting into and what you will need to start farming.
Farming can be a profitable business just like any other business. Consider the future demand for food and growing popularizing. Agriculture can easily become future venture that generates money while addressing world hunger.
To start your farming business, a degree in farming, or agriculture, agricultural economics, environmental science, management or any other related subject is not necessary, but having a degree in any of the above fields would surely help you become a better farmer.
What you will need to start farming
All you need to start farming is your will power and your physical ability to move around and manipulate simple tools. If you own property that you can work on, you will need to buy farming equipment and start growing your own food. If you have never done any farming, the first thing you will need is to talk with other farmers near you. Choose a farmer that has the same type of farming that you want to get into, and start working with him. For example, if you think you will want to raise cattle in your farm, and then find a rancher who raises cattle for beef.
Save up some of your wages for your farm supply equipment, feed and so on, and also gain hands on experience on farming if you haven’t done any farming before. Three are also many government facilities for educating the farmers. Get as much information about farming and agriculture. Sign up for classes if you have to. There are many places where you can take online courses on farming.
How to get farm equipments
Soil cultivation equipments
Electrical power source
Pest control equipments & fertilizers
There are also other types of farming equipments you may need, for a complete list of framing equipments, visit here. List of agricultural machinery
You will be able to buy or rent your farm equipments. There are useful websites that has more information on farm equipments. A list of websites is given below:
Making money from farms
Whether you raise animals or fruits and vegetables on your farm, all farm products are sold directly to the food procession companies for money. The food is then processed, packaged and marketed under their brand. There are some small groups of farmers who sell their product directly at the farm gates or farmer’s market. Selling directly to the consumer will increase your profits. Try selling to your community, friends and family first. Try relocating your farm where you have favorable conditions.
Managing your farm
You must keep record of all your farm products, stock bought and sold, your profit, over head and so on. Accounting is a necessary part of any business, as well as managing people, because you need to hire and efficiently manage people in order to manage your farm, because your farm could turn into a profitable business.
If you have put enough efforts into your farming business, you might need a year or two to become ready to begin your own farming business. Once you start, you will gather experience and expertise as you progress. You’re farming skills and profits will increase gradually. Beware that farming is not a venture where you can make a lot of money in a short time.
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Source: Sustainable Livestock Nutrition