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Romanticizing Agriculture Doesn’t Pay the Bills


What can you tell me about the program and
what might happen? You know it’s like anything else you do, you
get out of it what you put in. And I am really glad that I took it and really
got engaged and involved because admittedly my farm was one of the smallest farms in the
room represented, but it was really a welcoming environment and really easy to network with
other participants and get a lot of good ideas because you know one day I want my small farm
to be a big farm. Everybody started somewhere and there is a
lot of value in the network and a lot of value learned in the lessons from interacting with
your peers. Also, you know, don’t be afraid to question
what you think you already know. Running a farm is like running a business
and the more we can get towards that as agriculture in general I think the better we will be. It is fine to romanticize agriculture, because
I love it, just as much as anybody, but at the end of the day that’s not what pays the
bills. Keeping that business mind and kind of shifting
to thinking like that, is a big part of the course is learning how to think like the businesses
that really run America.

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