Whether you are truly new to the business of farming or a farm “kid” coming back to the country, getting your start in family farming can be difficult. The National Farmers Union began a program last year — that continues in 2012 — which aims to make the transition into farming easier.
At our recent Ohio Farmers Union Convention, Jeff Eschmeyer, who runs Harvest Sun Farm with his wife, Debra, gave a presentation on his experiences in the NFU’s Beginning Farmers Institute. The Institute introduced the Eschmeyers to other beginning farmers and held workshops where the group learned about the business side of agriculture and how to navigate situations like taking over for an older member of the family.
This video was taken at the convention. If you are a beginning farmer and want to know more about NFU’s program, check out this post.