Ep 129. Michael Kilpatrick – So You Want to be a Farmer?

Are you newly interested in pursuing an agricultural profession? Do you have countless questions for which you could really use some answers?

Today I’ll be taking a break from the traditional interview style podcast to answer a few questions I received from someone who’s interested in getting into the farming life. I take a comprehensive dive into the fundamentals of what it takes (as well as what you’ll have to put up with) to have a thriving career in agriculture. If you’ve found that agriculture may be your passion, I’m here to help!

In This Episode:

What training does a career in agriculture require? 1:34

Am I in a particular branch of agriculture, and what training did it require? 3:19

What natural interests/abilities do you need to pursue a career in agriculture? 6:30

Are there good jobs out there for people who chose agriculture? 8:39

How do I rate overall opportunity for advancement in agriculture? 14:48

What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a career in agriculture? 17:11

What’s my advice for courses of study for agriculture? 19:08

What are the major problems faced today in agriculture? 20:52

Why did I choose agriculture? 24:10

About the Guest:

Growing Farmers is led by Michael Kilpatrick, a farmer, educator, and inventor who lives in Ohio. He is the host of the top rated Thriving Farmer Podcast and the Thriving Farmer Summit series which has been viewed by over 150,000 farmers. He has managed large farms and businesses, consulted for industry experts around the world, and spoken at dozens of conferences. Michael believes that anyone can farm by following the simple business and management skills that he teaches in the Small Farm University, our community for thriving farmers.

Steward Resources:

Steward is transforming agriculture by equipping regenerative farms with the capital they need to grow. As a financial partner, we offer private commercial loans and the expert support services that sustainable farmers, ranchers, fishers, and producers need to expand and sustain their businesses. Through Steward’s user-friendly online platform, responsible lenders are able to join us in fueling this growth and participate directly in these loans, deepening their connection to agriculture while providing critical funds needed by farmers. Certified B Corporation. Get started at gosteward.com

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Online Loan Application: https://lets.gosteward.com/farm-loan

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Resources and mentions

Website – https://growingfarmers.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/growingfarmerswithmichael, https://www.facebook.com/groups/yourfarmbusiness/

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk6g2uuITj9pu0JAfsqvG0w

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/growingfarmers/, https://www.instagram.com/farmoncentral/

And if you want to keep the conversation going, join us in our Facebook Group to connect with us and other farmers looking to grow their business!

We also have six free eguides to help you be more effective on your farm (Winter Growing, Pastured Poultry, Washing Shed Efficiency, Profitable Farmers Toolkit, what to look for in a farm property, etc), which you can download here.