However, that doesn’t change the fact we will always need farmers in our world. If you want to join the league of hardworking individuals that keep us fed and clothed, there’s a long road ahead of you.
Fortunately, our tips for getting your start in agriculture will help you take your first steps.
Speak With Experienced Farmers
In the classic 1942 film Holiday Inn, the protagonist decides to leave the ever-busy world of show business for a life on the farm. His idea is that working on a farm will allow him a “lazy” lifestyle.
Much to his dismay, he quickly realizes there is more to farming than he thought.
Similarly, many aspiring farmers rush into farming without any sense of what is involved in the work.
A simple way to avoid this mistake is to seek out more experienced farmers. Your mentor can advise you on how to get started in farming and can continue to offer guidance as you continue into the business.
Take Opportunities To Build Experience
Another way to gain valuable experience before starting your own farm is to work on other people’s farms. Farms are usually always hiring, and working on them will allow you to work firsthand with experienced individuals and see exactly what goes into working the land.
When you’re working at other farms, don’t be afraid to go above and beyond. If you have extra time, try asking if there are other tasks around the property you can help with.
Every task will give you insights into how you might do things in the future.
Build Your Knowledge Base
Any farmer will tell you there is a whole host of information that goes into making decisions. For instance, horticultural knowledge is necessary to understand factors like soil content and the need for crop rotations.
Animal husbandry knowledge is invaluable to raising good-quality beef cattle.
Additionally, you’ll need to have at least some knowledge of mechanics in order to use the variety of heavy equipment you’ll find on a farm.
For example, understanding a little bit about gear oil will prevent you from damaging your tractor or combine.
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Find Your Niche
There are dozens of ways to become a farmer. And to do it successfully, it’s important to decide what aspect of agriculture you want to pursue.
Doing what we’ve already said—speaking to other farmers and building your experience—will help with this choice. A few options include:
- Dairy farming
- Meat farming
- Crop farm
- Tree nursery
Farming is one of the most important jobs in the world, and pursuing it comes with challenges. But when you see your first crop or herd, the effort will be well worth it.
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