OFI 360: How To Serve The Pork Industry Applying Epoxy To Barn Floors | Eric Guy | Epoxy Solutions & Repair

 

 SHOW NOTES

KEY IDEAS: 

If you have ever watched Mike Rowe’s show, Dirty Jobs, than you will have a smile on your face listening to our guest today.  Eric Guy, the owner of Epoxy Solutions and Repair in Lake Wilson, Minnesota would not be afraid to be on that show.  Just 10 short months ago Eric was exposed to the business of resurfacing floors in pig barns with epoxy.  It is a dirty job that requires you to work in a foul smelling barn and be around maggots and manure.  But somebody needs to do it, and Eric is that person.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the employer that Eric was working for in the beginning of 2017 was no longer able to continue taking on jobs.  Eric liked what he had been doing and saw the opportunity.  So, he took up the reigns and started his own business.

Eric’s business took off at a faster pace than he expected.  He has now learned that the busy time of year for this business is during the winter.  So, he is anticipating a very busy winter and growing this business in the months to come.

ADVICE FROM ERIC:

FAMILY SUPPORT: To do this business Eric suggests that your significant other have a realistic view of what you will smell like when you get home from a hog barn.  Having worked in hog barns myself, I can say that is absolutely true!

GET DIRTY: If this is the business you are considering, you had better be ready to get dirty!

METICULOUS: To succeed in this business you need to be meticulous.  If concrete is worn down to aggregate, you had better fix that before you apply the epoxy.

BEST ADVICE ERIC HAS EVER RECEIVED:

GETTING RICH: An old man in a bathroom randomly told Eric, “don’t get rich off of one, get rich off of a hundred of them”, basically stating to take your time and build your business correctly.

PERSONAL HABIT THAT HELPS ERIC SUCCEED:

GO: Eric told me that his personal habit is that he “wakes up and goes”.  So, get out of bed and get after it!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Telephone:  (507) 626-4804‬

Email: epoxysolutions@gmail.com

Other Places You Can Listen To Us:

Check us out on the D&B Supply Show where we get to focus in on very specific farming issues like tank heaters, fencing, regulations, etc.

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO “FFA TODAY” ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! “FFA Today” airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147


OFI 359: How To Become A Certified Diesel Mechanic In High School | FFA SAE Edition | Kelly Einck | South O’Brien High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING KELLY EINCK!

Our guest today is another finalist for the American Star Award in Agricultural Placement.  Kelly Einck blew me away in our interview.  She got “bored” in high school, so she started taking diesel technology classes at a nearby community college.  This led her to becoming certified, and then starting full-time work at age 18.

Kelly decided that she needed a backup plan, so she pursued a four year degree in accounting.  She is almost done with that, and she is considering pursuing her CPA for work in later years when she no longer wants to be a mechanic.

In addition to all of this Kelly just received her pilot’s license.  Wow…what an achiever!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Diesel Mechanics

HIGH SCHOOL: South O’Brien High School; Paullina, Iowa

MASCOT: Wolverine

FFA ADVISOR: Eric Kum

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR KELLY EINCK:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the South O’Brien High School Ag. Department’s website:

Kelly’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: ekumm@soswolverines.org

South O’Brien High School Telephone Number: 712-949-3454

FFA LINKS:

National FFA Organization

Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE’s)

Support FFA 

Donate to FFA – One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start – pay it forward.

REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:

  • Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
  • Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
  • Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:

“Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive.”

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack 

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO!

WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO “FFA TODAY” ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147!  “FFA Today” airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern.

Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback:

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OFI 358: Direct Marketing Of Pork | FFA SAE Edition | Matthew Ries | Lomira High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING MATTHEW RIES!

Today’s guest is a national finalist in agricultural placement and will be competing at the National FFA Convention this year.  Matthew Ries and his family farm and raise hogs in Lomira, Wisconsin.  They have a very interested model of direct marketing almost all of their pork.  That is upwards of 5,000 head of hogs per year that they sell directly to customers.  Fascinating!

At one point Matthew and his dad had a frank discussion over what Matthew’s strengths were.  They identified that agricultural mechanics were a place that needed work.  So, Matthew enrolled in this program at Fox Valley Technical College and is learning proficiency in that area as well.  What a great strategy!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Direct Marketing Of Pork

HIGH SCHOOL: Lomira High School; Lomira, Wisconsin

MASCOT: Lions

FFA ADVISOR: Dan Robinson

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MATTHEW RIES:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Lomira High School Ag. Department’s website:

Matthew’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: drobinson@lomira.k12.wi.us

Lomira High School Telephone Number: (920) 269-4396

FFA LINKS:

National FFA Organization

Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE’s)

Support FFA 

Donate to FFA – One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start – pay it forward.

REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:

  • Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
  • Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
  • Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:

“Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive.”

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack 

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO!

WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO “FFA TODAY” ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147!  “FFA Today” airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern.

Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback:

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OFI 357: How To Work In Agriculture By Serving Investors | Jonathan Meeker | JMeeker Company

 

 SHOW NOTES

KEY IDEAS: 

Today’s guest has definitely got an entrepreneurial spirit.  So, it was wisdom that caused him to stop being an entrepreneur and go back to work for somebody else.  After Jonathan Meeker’s first entrepreneurial venture he decided that he wanted to move in a different direction.  That direction was the re-development of permanent crop areas in the San Joaquin Valley of California where he is from.

In order to get trained up in doing this, Jonathan went to work for a company that specialized in doing this. After he had learned the business, or at least enough to go out on his own, he found a niche that his current company was not really serving.  He then started his own business, JMeeker Company, in that space and went back to work for himself.

Now Jonathan works for agricultural investors as well as absentee farmers in getting their vineyards, orchards and other crops up and going.

ADVICE FROM JONATHAN:

RESEARCH: You have to know what it is you are going to be selling.  You better do your research ahead of time.

PRICE: Figuring out price can be a very difficult thing to do in a market that has not established strict going rates.  Make sure you get a good feel for what the price can be when planning your business.

QUALITY: Do not stretch yourself too thin.  If you do, the quality of your service will suffer, leading to damage to your reputation and thus less and less work.

ADVICE RECEIVED:

OVERTHINKING: Don’t overthink things.  Keep moving forward and going in the correct direction.

PERSONAL HABIT THAT HELPS JONATHAN SUCCEED:

PATIENCE: Jonathan describes himself as a very patient person.  This is important for anyone in agriculture, but when you are dealing with permanent crops it is even more important.

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Jonathan’s Website: JMeekerCo

Other Places You Can Listen To Us:

Check us out on the D&B Supply Show where we get to focus in on very specific farming issues like tank heaters, fencing, regulations, etc.

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO “FFA TODAY” ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! “FFA Today” airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147


OFI 356: How To Run A Beef Stocker Operation….And Much More | FFA SAE Edition | Jake Fanning | Laverne High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING JAKE FANNING!

Today we profile another amazing FFA entrepreneur.  Jake Fanning is a finalist for the 2017 Star Farmer Award at the FFA National Convention. I was lucky enough to be assigned to interview him, and I wanted to profile his accomplishments right here for you as well as the radio show “FFA Today”.

Jake is finishing his bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University and then heading to law school.  He has already done a ton, and I suspect there is a ton more to come with this young man.

In high school Jake started his own beef stocker operation, building it to the point that he was taking out an over $300,000 operating loan each year.  During this time, in conjunction with his family, he started “The Beef Project“, which is a non-profit designed to help less fortunate folks be able to consume beef and so much more.

When natural disaster struck in 2017 in the form of a wildfire the size of Rhode Island that struck Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, Jake and his family stepped in to help their community.  They were able to raise over $20,000 for wildfire relief.  Jake is an absolutely fantastic young man and is evidence of what is possible when talent and the FFA meet.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Beef Stocker Operation

HIGH SCHOOL: Laverne High School; Laverne, Oklahoma

MASCOT: Tigers

FFA ADVISOR: Jim Culp

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR JAKE FANNING:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Laverne High School Ag. Department’s website:

The Beef Project Facebook Page: LINK

The Beef Project Website: LINK

Jake’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: LINK

Laverne High School Telephone Number: 580-921-3361

FFA LINKS:

National FFA Organization

Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE’s)

Support FFA 

Donate to FFA – One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start – pay it forward.

REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:

  • Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
  • Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
  • Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:

“Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive.”

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack 

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO!

WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO “FFA TODAY” ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147!  “FFA Today” airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern.

Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback:

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OFI 355: Teaching Business Skills In Haiti | FFA SAE Edition | Katrina Pokorny | Waupan High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING KATRINA POKORNY!

You might recognize that last name.  I recently featured Katrina’s older brother, Dylon in episode #325.  Both of these young folks are entrepreneurial, and both of them understand how to use their businesses to give back.

What is so interesting about what Katrina is doing is that she is using the bi-products of Dylon’s bee business as the raw materials for her business – Sassy Cats Beeswax.  She is turning the wax into lip balms, etc.  And, she is sourcing other raw materials to make lotions and other products.

Katrina did not stop there however.  This summer she went with her mother to Haiti.  Once she was there she taught other people how to replicate her business, so they could have a way of supporting themselves.  What a great idea and great way to give back!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Product Production From Beeswax

HIGH SCHOOL: Waupun Area High School; Waupun, Wisconsin

MASCOT: Warriors

FFA ADVISOR: Tari Costello

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR KATRINA POKORNY:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Waupun Area High School Ag. Department’s website:

Katrina’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: tcostello@waupun.k12.wi.us

Waupun Area High School Telephone Number: 920-324-9341

FFA LINKS:

National FFA Organization

Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE’s)

Support FFA 

Donate to FFA – One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start – pay it forward.

REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:

  • Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
  • Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
  • Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:

“Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive.”

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack 

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO!

WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO “FFA TODAY” ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147!  “FFA Today” airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern.

Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback:

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OFI 354: How To Start An Agricultural Website And Live Wherever You Want | Jeff Schroeder | Livestockjudging.com

 

 SHOW NOTES

KEY IDEAS: 

Our guest today grew up on a farm near San Antonio, Texas and his parents gave him some pretty normal advice – go to college and get a degree that you can make good money with.  So, Jeff Schroeder set out to get his degree in engineering.  While he was at college he was working a job that allowed him some free time.  In that free time he began playing a game about horse racing.  This caused him to have an epiphany, and he started building his own online game about show cattle.

This original game went through a few iterations until it finally became showcattle.com.  Jeff found some surprising success with this game when he realized that he would have to charge for it or shut it down.  His members said they would gladly pay to be able to access it.  Then one night, while watching the comedy movie “Best In Show” Jeff realized that he could make the same site but for dog shows.  Showdog.com was born at that moment.

As time went on and Jeff reflected on his own experiences showing farm animals he had an idea to improve upon a service other people were already attempting to provide.  He developed livestockjudging.com and started teaching students how to judge show animals with online videos.

ADVICE FROM JEFF:

IDEAS DO NOT EQUAL BUSINESSES: When you have an idea that is a good start.  But an idea by itself is essentially just a dream.  You have to take action to turn an idea, even a good one, into a business.

CODE: Jeff is adamant that you should learn to code.  Through his experience what he has realized is that there is big demand for a person who knows how to code and also understands agriculture because there are very few people that can do both.

DIFFERENT: Set yourself apart and don’t do what everyone else is doing.  Find something unique and pursue that.

PERSONAL HABIT THAT HELPS JEFF SUCCEED:

Jeff makes a habit of giving things away for free. When it comes to content marketing and building an online presence it is important to not always be taking.  By giving information and content away for free you are building relationships and filling your sales funnel

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Jeff’s email: jeff@cattle.com

WEBSITES:

Other Places You Can Listen To Us:

Check us out on the D&B Supply Show where we get to focus in on very specific farming issues like tank heaters, fencing, regulations, etc.

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO “FFA TODAY” ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! “FFA Today” airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147


OFI 353: How To Get Started With Custom Farming | FFA SAE Edition | Ty Noble | Kuna High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING TY NOBLE!

Our local FFA chapter, the Kuna FFA, has an auction each September to raise funds to send juniors to the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C.  Autumm, Hattie and I go every year and always really enjoy the event.

This year, when the auction was ending I was in line to pay for things I had bid on.  It was going to take a while, so I started a conversation it the woman next to me.  She told me that her son was in the chapter, and he had his own business swathing and baling hay for customers around Kuna.

It turned out that I had met Ty Noble earlier in the evening when I needed a question answered about one of the items up for bid.  Ty and his older brother are partners on a custom haying business.  It is a perfect business for our area where larger farms are being sold and broken into smaller farms.

The owners of these farms still grown grass or alfalfa hay, but their smaller size does not justify the purchase of the necessary equipment to cut and bale the hay.  Enter the custom hay business.  I know from personal experience that in our area it is a seller’s market when it comes to custom haying.  Good for Ty and his brother!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Custom Hay Production Business

HIGH SCHOOL: Kuna High School, Kuna, Idaho

MASCOT: Kavemen

FFA ADVISOR: Joe Blackstock

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR TY NOBLE:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Kuna High School Ag. Department’s website:

Kuna High School

Ty’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: jblackstock@kunaschools.org

Kuna High School Telephone Number: 208.955.0200

FFA LINKS:

National FFA Organization

Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE’s)

Support FFA 

Donate to FFA – One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start – pay it forward.

REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:

  • Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
  • Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
  • Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:

“Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive.”

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack 

Other Places You Can Listen To Us:

D&B Supply Show

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO “FFA TODAY” ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! “FFA Today” airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147

 

 

 


OFI 352: How To Become A Meteorologist And Steal My Dreams | FFA SAE Edition | Nathan DeYoung | Shendoah High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING NATHAN DEYONG!

I joke in the title of this episode that Nathan is stealing my dreams.  Well, in every joke there is just a little truth, or it’s just not funny.  This young man is doing it all.  He is a finalist for the American Star Award at the National FFA Convention this October in agribusiness.  This is as a result of the agricultural communications and marketing business that he started while in high school, Innovative Communications and Marketing.  He has podcasted, makes videos and designs websites.  

But wait, there’s more!  Nathan also has a love of the weather as I do.  While we were prepping for the interview I told him that I had written a fan letter to a meteorologist named Jill Brown at the “The Weather Channel” while I was in college and received a response lovingly calling me a “weather weanie”.  He followed up that statement by telling me that he had just finished an internship in Atlanta, working for The Weather Channel!

Can you believe it?  I have looked into what it would take to become a meteorologist several times over the past 20 years, and here he is almost done with a degree in meteorology from Ball State University and has already worked at TWC!

Well, it was a thrill to speak with Nathan and find out about his business.  Best of luck to him at the national convention in October!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Agricultural Communications Entrepreneurship

HIGH SCHOOL: Shenandoah High School; Middletown, Indiana

MASCOT: Raiders

FFA ADVISOR: Caroline Kuhn

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR NATHAN DEYOUNG: 

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Shenandoah High School Ag. Department’s website:

Nathan’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: ckuhn@shenandoah.k12.in.us

Shenandoah High School’s Telephone Number: 765-354-6640

FFA LINKS:

National FFA Organization

Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE’s)

Support FFA 

Donate to FFA – One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start – pay it forward.

REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:

  • Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
  • Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
  • Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:

“Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive.”

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack 

Other Places You Can Listen To Us:

D&B Supply Show

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO “FFA TODAY” ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! “FFA Today” airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147

 

 

 


OFI 351: How To Start A Goat Milk Soap Business | Shanna McCann | Simple Soaps For Simple Folks

 

 SHOW NOTES

KEY IDEAS: 

Our guest today grew up farming and milking dairy cattle.  When she grew up and moved away she knew that she wanted to be a farmer herself, but how do you make that happen?  In today’s episode she gives us the answer…..one of them at least!

Shanna McCann is the owner of “Simple Soaps For Simple Folks” a goat milk soap company with other products to compliment her decorative soaps.  Shanna had a passion for dairy, but she switched from cattle to goats later in life.  Then she started leasing ground that would allow her to raise her goats, milk them and process the product.

Along the way Shanna had a friend show her how to make soap.  It was at that point that a light went on, and Shanna realized that she could easily make goat milk soap.  Her company was born right then.  After two months of experimenting Shanna finally had a soap ready to be sold.  She started going to events and expos trying to find her customers.  Finally she located them at handmade festivals and farmers markets.

One thing led to another, and she began producing decorative goat milk soaps with different molds.  Her soaps are so pretty the look like fudge or chocolate.  I seriously doubt my ability to not bite into them!

One the day that this podcast episode is released Shanna is moving to her own farm.  After 8 years of leasing she has finally been able to purchase her own, 20 acre farm, and she and the goats are heading there today!  Congratulations to you Shanna and thank you for sharing this great story!

ADVICE FROM SHANNA:

ACCOUNTING: Shanna strongly suggests getting a good accounting program if you are working with raw materials and producing products.  Keeping track of all of your ingredients when you get busy is not easy, and you don’t want to be set to start work one day and then realize that you do not have everything you need to create your product.

HOURS: Be prepared to work a lot of hours.  This is why it is so important to find something that you really like.  You are going to work a lot of hours, but if you are enjoying yourself you won’t feel it.

THINK AHEAD: Planning is key for Shanna.  She is creative, and that is where her strength lies.  When it comes to organization it pays for her to have that mapped out in advance, before things get tense.

BEST BUSINESS ADVICE SHANNA HAS RECEIVED:

POINT OF SALE: Shanna says to get a point of sale system for inventory purposes.  She had to be talked into this by a friend, but it turned out to be invaluable advice.  Without this she would surely lose track of inventory.

PERSONAL HABIT THAT HELPS SHANNA SUCCEED:

DAILY: Shanna works in the business, in some way, on a daily basis.  She does not overdo it on Sundays, but she finds a way to stay connected and keep the ball moving forward every day of the week.

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