OFI 372: A Tale Of Two Entrepreneurs | Which Entrepreneur Do You Want To Be?

SHOW NOTES

When it comes to entrepreneurship I find myself caught between the images of two different entrepreneurs.

As a kid an entrepreneur was a person with a vision and the passion to make that vision become reality.  The entrepreneur of my childhood would work 80-100 hours per week to make that vision come true.  And someday, somewhere in the future it would all come together and they would achieve success.

Today when I read about entrepreneurship it is all about lifestyle, morning rituals and pivoting.  The way that entrepreneurship is getting sold is based on the life you can have, not the money you can make. The wealth accumulation motive is still there, but from what I can tell it comes second to lifestyle.

The entrepreneur from my childhood still exists.  They still start restaurants and dry cleaning businesses.  And the whole family is still devoted to making the business succeed.  I don’t think they ever went away or ever will.  But today the lifestyle entrepreneur has emerged.  Both exist in a world that now offers more opportunities to start and succeed in business than ever before in history.

MORNING RITUALS

Since I began my entrepreneurial journey in about 2009 I have been reading about morning rituals.  In all honesty, I considered the whole concept to be just a fad that made people sound cool.  But as time went on I started interviewing more and more successful entrepreneurs that talked about having one of these routines.

I started to think that there might actually be something to this, so I am giving it a try.  For the last few weeks I have been “finding an hour” each morning to go on a walk.  All that really means is that I am getting up an hour earlier and hitting the road (or in my case the canal) for a walk well before the sun comes up.

So far I am discovering myriad benefits.  Just like everything else in entrepreneurship, you just cannot see all the benefits until you get out there and start doing it.  Here is a list of what I like about this:

Seeing The Stars: I love to see the stars in all their glory, but I rarely make this happen on purpose.  Usually, by the time that enough light fades away in the evening to give me a really good look at the stars I am crawling into bed or watching television with my daughter.  But on my morning walk the stars are vibrant and they are in a different position than I am used to seeing them.  This is really one of the top things I look forward to when I go to bed at night.

Hiding From Farmers: Now this begs for some explaining.  I say this mostly tongue in cheek….mostly.  As an aspiring farmer in my community I pay attention to what the social norms are in my peer group.  As far as I can tell recreational activities like long walks, jogging and bike riding are not one of those norms.  So, by walking at this time of day I am turning otherwise unproductive time into something beneficial, and I can pull it off without anyone being the wiser.

Fitness: I feel great when I am done with my walk, and I am wide awake.  The endorphin release from the exercise is just what I need to power me into the rest of my day.  And my belt seems to be a little looser.

Connecting To Old Ways: One of my favorite authors, Jerry Apps, writes all about farming in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s.  In one of my favorite stories he talks about a neighbor, who lived over a mile away, walking to their house on a snowy and windy day for a visit.  The farmer was dressed in a warm hat and a Mackinaw wool jacket to protect him from the weather.  On my walks, as I pass all my neighbor’s farms, I feel connected to that story and those simpler times.

Thinking: There is something about a peaceful walk when it is beautiful and quiet outside that really gets the mind going.  This works so well that now I am deferring thought on certain topics until I take my walk in the morning.  I know that I will really be able to devote myself to that one particular problem or concept during that time.  I do not listen to music or podcasts on this walk.  I just listen to the wind, to the dogs barking and the roosters crowing and let myself think.

THE LIFESTYLE ENTREPRENEUR

My walk this morning really got me thinking about the two entrepreneurs I described at the beginning of this post.  There is no question that I chose entrepreneurship for the lifestyle.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not afraid to work.  As a matter of fact, when I first started I had no choice but to be that 80-100 hour per week entrepreneur.  I don’t think that any entrepreneur has a choice if they are going to transition from full-time career work to full-time entrepreneurship.  During that transition period you are going to be working your career job while you build your business into something that will allow you to quit the career.  You will be doing double duty during that time….which I did.

And, the lifestyle I was seeking was not one of leisure but one of farming.  So there is always plenty of work for me to do….if I want to.

What dawned on me today was the lifestyle that I have been able to achieve by making this transition.  My career life was one of odd schedules, long weeks, being called out in the middle of the night, conflict and stress.  Today, I am in complete control of my schedule and the future looks bright.

I am in a phase of life that has more to do with raising my daughter than it does with achieving my personal goals, financial or otherwise.  I have been a full-time entrepreneur since 2013.  For the last four years, while my daughter was in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades I have put her on the school bus every morning and been there when she gets off.  I have been at all of her sporting events and I am home with her every night.  I have even coached her softball teams.

I am able to do all of this because of entrepreneurship, not in spite of it.  I have dreams of what I can achieve when she is off to college and working 50-80 hours weeks will not feel selfish.  But those can stay dreams for now.

The biggest benefit of entrepreneurship that I have realized since making the transition is what it allows me to do, and how it allows me to live.

Why are you choosing entrepreneurship?  How will it allow you to live?

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OFI 371: How To Start And Grow A Custom T-Shirt Business | FFA SAE Edition | Vance Curtis | Worland High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING VANCE CURTIS!

Our guest today will not be able to listen to this episode.  At least, he won’t for the next eight weeks.

I was fortunate enough to catch Vance Curtis right before he reported to the Air Force to begin his basic training.  Vance just completed high school last June in Worland, Wyoming where he won the regional star award in agribusiness.  Vance started “Curtis Custom” a few years ago, and he grew it into a significant business.

Vance has now decided to serve our country in the Air Force and has his eyes on a construction job in the service.  I can only imagine the places Vance will go to build airstrips and bases.  I hope you enjoy getting to know this great young man.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Custom Signs And T-Shirt Business

HIGH SCHOOL: Worland High School; Worland, Wyoming

MASCOT: Warriors

FFA ADVISOR: Grace Godfrey

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR VANCE CURTIS:

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

Vance’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: ggodfrey@wsh1.k12.wy.us

Worland High School’s Telephone Number: (307) 347-2412

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

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OFI 370: The Bovine College Savings Plan | FFA SAE Edition | Abbey Dunn | Corvallis High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING ABBEY DUNN!

Meet the 2017 Montana Star in agribusiness, Abbey Dunn.  Abbey has been raising her own cattle since she was 11 years old.  Her parents helped her get started, and then through her work and reinvestment she built the herd over the next seven years.  When it came time for college she sold the herd back to her parents as a means for paying tuition, etc. at Montana State University.

Along the way Abbey ran into some bumps and bruises.  She bought a heifer that turned out to have a genetic abnormality.  The heifer ultimately had to be put down, and she was a total loss.  Abbey had really been banking on this heifer helping her to improve the genetics in her herd.  Instead she ended up culling half of her herd.  This happened when she was 14, and she has been able to recover ultimately to become the star award winner for the State of Montana.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Beef Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Corvallis High School; Corvallis, Oregon

MASCOT: Blue Devils

FFA ADVISOR: Brandon Braaten

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ABBEY DUNN:

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

Abbey’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: brandonb@corvallis.k12.mt.us

Corvallis High School’s Telephone Number: (406) 961-3201

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

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OFI 369: How To Pivot Your Business Into New Products | Brent Legere | Western Maine Slabworks

 

SHOW NOTES

KEY IDEAS: 

Today we have a follow up interview with Brent Legere.  He was previously the featured guest of episode #225 for his business Lovell Box Company.  Brent has expanded Lovell Box Company into a new company, Western Main Slabworks.  This required him to purchase a new sawmill and look into a new customer group.

In this interview we discuss how he learned about this new market, where the money for the new sawmill came from and how he markets to his new customers.  It is exciting to see how Brent’s business is expanding and he continues to find his path in entrepreneurship.

ADVICE (NEW) FROM BRENT:

YOUR PATH: Don’t spend all your time trying to emulate other people.  Follow your own path and what is true to you.

NEGATIVES: Don’t listen to negative people who say it is not possible.  They are probably just afraid to try it themselves.

GUT INSTINCT: Follow your gut….it is there for a reason.

RESOURCES: Take advantage of all of your available resources.

BEST BUSINESS ADVICE BRENT HAS EVER RECEIVED:

Don’t be afraid to charge enough for your product or service to survive and make a profit.  People frequently undercharge because they are nervous about finding clients.  Don’t make this mistake.  Get clients through producing great products or service, and they will pay what you are charging.

PERSONAL HABIT THAT HELPS BRENT SUCCEED:

Brent doesn’t take anything too seriously.  He knows when to take a break, how to get over frustration and how to keep his work enjoyable.

RESOURCES:

Brent recommended a Facebook group called Portable Sawmills as a tremendous resource to help you answer all questions related to milling your own lumber: LINK 

Brent also recommends finding professionals in your field, networking with them and consulting with them

CONTACT INFORMATION AND LINKS:

Brent’s Facebook Page: LINK

Brent’s Telephone Number: (207) 432-2900

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OFI 368: Running Cattle On The Northern Nevada Range | FFA SAE Edition | Mary Tomera | Spring Creek High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING MARY TOMERA!

Mary is my state neighbor, just living a couple hundred miles away in Northern Nevada.  For too many years when I drove through her area I only saw it from the interstate and didn’t think much of it.  Then one of my friends got me off of the interstate and into the mountains.  What an absolutely beautiful state.

Mary and her family raise cattle on the open range in Elko County.  She is learning about leasing public land from the Bureau Of Land Management.  It can take hundreds of acres to support just one cow with her calf in some of these rangelands.  There is rich cattle ranching history here, and real cowgirls!

Mary’s work with cattle and her time in FFA led her to be a Nevada proficiency winner in beef production.  Here’s to more students like Mary pursuing agriculture.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Beef Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Spring Creek High School; Spring Creek, Nevada

MASCOT: Spartans

FFA ADVISOR: Ty Smith

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MARY TOMERA: 

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

Mary’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: tsmith@ecsdnv.net

Spring Creek High School’s Telephone Number: 775-753-5575

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 367: How To Invent New Agricultural Technology | FFA SAE Edition | Loren King | Branch Area Career Center FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING LOREN KING!

Loren King is the last of the American Star Finalists that I was privileged enough to interview this year.  He has a fascinating story that led him to be a finalist for the American Star in Agriscience.

Loren developed the technology to pull soil samples with a drone.  While he still has hurdles to overcome, Loren figured out how to deploy a drone, drop it down in a field and assess the ph, temperature and moisture of the soil.

Loren was inspired by an article he read in the magazine, Popular Science.  His technology went through several iterations.  He finally figured out how to use a spring system that could penetrate the soil deep enough when he lands the drone.  He does not transport the soil back to his location, but the probe that goes into the soil can give him readings in real time.

This sounds like the future of soil testing to me!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Soil Testing With Drones

HIGH SCHOOL: Branch Area Career Center; Coldwater, Michigan

MASCOT: n/a

FFA ADVISOR: Ali Bassage

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR LOREN KING: 

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Branch Area Career Center’s Ag. Department’s website:

Loren’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: n/a

Branch Area Career Center Telephone Number: (517) 279-5730

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 366: How To Increase Small Farm Revenue And Sales Through Marketing | Tim Young | Small Farm Nation

 

 SHOW NOTES

KEY IDEAS: 

In 2011 when we purchased our farm we had a long, long way to go.  We bought 25 acres of weeds with a house on it.  There were no fences, no irrigation and the land had not been cultivated in years.  I had a small, John Deer tractor with an 8′ disk on the back, and I worked the ground with that.

Tons of rocks came up while I disked, and they all had to be removed and deposited elsewhere.  Progress was slow, and at times it seemed like this place would never resemble a farm.  During all of that time on the tractor I listened to farming podcasts.  They inspired me, gave me the motivation to keep going and helped me visualize what our place would be some day.

One of those podcasts that I listened to was hosted and produced by today’s guest, Tim Young.  Tim and his wife Liz were operating a farm in Georgia and selling cheese as their main product.  They had a variety of livestock, and I really enjoyed hearing about their day to day farming exploits.

Fast forward to today.  Tim and Liz have moved on from that farm, and Tim is now trying to help other people succeed in their farming endeavors through his website and podcast, Small Farm Nation.  The main thing that Tim learned about succeeding with his small farm was how to market products and sell directly to customers.

In this episode Tim and I talk about marketing your farm products, and how to develop a following that will patronize your farm business.  Also, Tim discusses his Small Farm Nation Academy which he has built to help folks really perfect this process.  He also has offered 20% off of the coast of the academy to anyone listening to this podcast and entering the code “matt20” at checkout.

This is definitely worth checking out.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Contact Tim through his website: Small Farm Nation

 

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.

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OFI 365: How To Win An American Star Award When Your Chickens Come Home To Roost | FFA SAE Edition | Chrysta Beck | Pettisville High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING CHRYSTA BECK!

Today’s guest has just become the 2017 American Start Winner in Agriscience….her name is Chrysta Beck!  Now I know that agriscience is a little outside the scope of small business in agriculture, but I just could not resist.

After interviewing Chrysta for National FFA and learning about the amazing things she was doing in agriscience, I knew that I needed to share her with all of you as well.  

I conducted this interview with Chrysta prior to the national convention.  So, in the interview you will be able to tell that we still do not know that she is going to be the winner.  However, you can tell by the content of the interview that she has a really good shot at it!

Chrysta has taken her interest in chickens to a whole new level with research in high school and now college.  As a matter of fact she moved all the way from Ohio to Mississippi to attend Mississippi State University just to study chickens.  I can’t want to see what she does in the future.

Congratulations to you Chrysta and I’m thrilled to have you on the show!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Poultry Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Pettisville High School; Pettisville, Ohio

MASCOT: Black Birds

FFA ADVISOR: John Poulson

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR CHRYSTA BECK: 

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

Chrysta’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: jpoulson@pettisvilleschools.org

Pettisville High School’s Telephone Number: 419.446.2705

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 364: How To Feed Algae To Goats | FFA SAE Edition | Leah Hefty | DeKalb High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING LEAH HEFTY!

My time of profiling national star finalists is winding down.  I am writing this while I am at the 2017 national convention.  Leah is a great candidate for a national star in agriscience, and unfortunately the award can only be given to one student.  Leah did not take home the trophy this year, but her project was absolutely fantastic.

Leah has one of the most compelling projects that I have ever seen.  She definitely has the mind that is needed to pursue research in agriculture.  To begin she removed, algae from her uncle’s pond, dried it, mixed it with hay and then fed it to her goats.  She watched how much they ate of each mixture and determined the appropriate ratio.

She also figured out that she could grow vegetables in top soil bags.  Just by cutting holes in the plastic and planting the seeds in the soil she conserved water and cut down on weeds.  Amazing!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Agriscience

HIGH SCHOOL: DeKalb High School; Waterloo, Indiana

MASCOT: Barons

FFA ADVISOR: Matt Dice

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR LEAH HEFTY: 

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

Leah’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: mdice@dekalbcentral.net

DeKalb High School’s Telephone Number:(260) 920-1012

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

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OFI 363: How To Create A World Wide Brand With Your Farm Animals | James Budd | Alpacas Of Montana

 

 SHOW NOTES

KEY IDEAS: 

Do you like to be warm in winter?  Who doesn’t?  Would you like to farm?  Who wouldn’t?  Our guest today combined these two things and now has 5,000 of his closest friends over on the weekend!

James Budd and his wife Sarah are accomplished professionals in their respective fields.  About fifteen years ago James decided that he had accomplished enough, and he wanted to try something on his own….anything.  He talked with Sarah about raising alpacas after reading an article, and she reminded him of the several reasons that would not be a fit for him.  She was right, but then he had two other things happen on the same day telling him he should pursue this business.  He tried again and Alpacas Of Montana was born.

James and Sarah moved from Colorado to Bozeman, Montana, bought property and of course, alpacas.  They began raising these animals and learning about them.  Eventually James came up with five different revenue generation models from these animals and started pursuing them all.

The revenue model we talk the most about today is the production of products from alpaca fiber – socks, hats, mittens, gloves, etc.  Alpacas Of Montana now produces a wide product line that are sold all over the world.  James has a passion for business in general and of course, his business.  This has led to their latest open house on the farm in Bozeman with over 5,000 people coming to visit.

ADVICE FROM JAMES:

GET HELP:  Nobody has accomplished great success without getting help from others.  Don’t be afraid to seek your own.

SMART: When it comes to your particular product, service or area of expertise be the smartest person in the room.  Know the most.

NETWORK: The old saying is “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.  James really believes that the power of your network will be a key to you being successful…..but he still believes that what you know is very important.

BEST ADVICE JAMES HAS EVER RECEIVED:

“A Little Bit Of A Lot Is A Whole More Than A Lot Of Nothing” – find your market and get a piece of it.  Then work on getting a bigger piece.

PERSONAL HABIT THAT HELPS JAMES SUCCEED:

RE-PRIORITIZATION: James prioritizes his day, everyday.  About mid-day he does it again to get the most productivity.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Website: LINK

Email: alpacasofmontana@hotmail.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