Your profession affords you the best view in the world. You get to work out in nature, bask in the sun, touch the soil and smell the fresh air. Farming is a time-honored tradition that gets in your blood. There’s something very fulfilling and profound about it.
Farming life is the closest thing to freedom you can get. You are your own boss, you do what you want when you want. You get to experience things, other people would never get to in their entire lifetime. Every day as a farmer is different allowing you to learn something new.
There is something magical about farming, but that does not mean that it will come easy. Being a successful farmer involves being part agronomist, economist, banker, mechanic, entrepreneur and laborer. Planting and harvesting are only a fraction of what goes into farming every season. The role that makes a farmer succeed or fail is as dependent on farming as on the business side of things.
To aid this process, get some assistance. Accountants, attorneys, agronomists, farm management specialists, and lenders can help in the ongoing process of planning, goal setting, and record keeping. FarmLift will help you navigate the selection process of farm planning and can help provide the roadmap that reduces ambiguity, potentially reducing stress.
Farming is a journey not a race, so pace yourself. Take the time to plan. this will help you hold true to your vision. It is human nature to despise record keeping, paperwork, and planning. Yet, good records and evidence of a long-term plan are often required by creditors and others who allocate resources. Good planning requires an objective examination of current resources and future goals. In addition, have a succession plan that addresses labour, ownership, management and decision-making areas. FarmLift will be on hand to guide you through this.
Knowledge is power. Learn About the Agricultural Industry which is becoming increasingly complex. Advances in biotechnology, precision farming, food science, complex marketing strategies, the latest changes in estate planning are now commonplace. Take the time to learn as much as you can. Successful farmers have a handle on the latest and most effective farming practices and can take advantage of the latest technological developments. Through the FarmLift subscription plan you will have access to the most up to date and relevant farming information. Furthermore, through our network, you will be able to collaborate with fellow farmers to pool your expertise, resources and energy that will be enable you to make significant contributions to the sustainability of your farming enterprises.
Take the time to diarize the legacy you are building. Document the journey of growing your piece of land into a farm and on into the legacy you will pass on to future generations. Get working on those photos, journals and build on. These will serve you well into the future. Farming is as much a mentality and lifestyle as it is a profession. Most farmers face numerous setbacks, those that succeed are the ones that are really good at problem-solving. It may not be the best, prettiest, safest or most effective solution, but at the end of the day they are incredibly resourceful or they don’t survive.
FarmLift will walk you through each step so that we can help you realize your farming goals. Before we start, it is important that you are clear about what motivates you to go into farming, you will need to remember that motivation when things get tough and it will help you navigate the inevitable challenges.
“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” ― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
Let us work together on this fruitful partnership.