9 rules for the farmer-beginner
Let’s say you always wanted to be a farmer to grow organic food not only for themselves but for the good of society, while earning money. From dawn to dusk, rolling his sleeves, you’re going to Tinker in the ground, are you ready for a heavy physical work, challenges and financial difficulties. But with the political situation in the country, no one will disturb you to sell your expensive suit with a tie, and used the money to buy a straw hat and a pair of strong shoes.
Congratulations. The world needs you.
According to the latest statistics, in Russia more buses than agricultural workers. But think of what will happen faster, the bus driver will want to eat, or the farmer wants to buy a bus ticket?
Food occupies the first place in the list of the main human needs, on the same stage with oxygen and sleep. The planet needs nutritious and healthy food, so here and now need real superheroes that will be this food to grow.
So if you really consider agriculture as his business and career, put 9 simple rules that will help you at the beginning chosen a noble path. Of course, this is not a panacea for all challenges, but they will direct you to the right path of economic and agricultural sustainability.
1. Don’t get into debt!
Why this topic and why the exclamation point? Because over the last 50 years financial debts down more farms than drought and plague.
A large number of farmers sold their farms under the hammer, unable to withstand financial difficulties.
In short, loans, and other types of Bank loan will definitely allow you to buy a new tractor, a barn, a new plot of land, where you will work, gaining invaluable experience. But experience and only experience is the most valuable asset of agriculture, and not buy for any money.
Experience is not added with a diploma in agriculture, and you don’t get it, even after reading a ton of useful and intelligent books. The work of a farmer consists of uncertainties, surprises, daily challenges and physical labor.
The addition of monthly payments, which is attached to this frightening list, entangles people in financial handcuffs in the beginning.
Of course, there are times when you have to choose the lesser of two evils. Try to live within their means and not to confuse the objects necessary objects of desire. Avoid debt as long as possible.
2. Let me setbacks
It was assumed that the purpose of this article is to help you the most to avoid failure. In light of this, the second rule looks ridiculous, but…
Our entire modern world is obsessed with the paranoid idea of the inevitability of failure. There are people who are so insecure in their abilities, fear of failure paralyze them and they just don’t start anything new, since clearly «know», it’s not worth the effort, for it is by definition the status of doom.
Catch flow: working in agriculture, you’re sure to encounter a disastrous situation sooner or later. In addition, this painful and unpleasant experience will be a very important part in gaining priceless experience and level-up, and show you what is good for your work, and what roads should be avoided in the future. Stress makes you mentally stronger and hardened. Tolerate failure gracefully and thoughtfully. This is the only way to feel and enjoy success to the fullest, when on your farm will turn over the lorry with spice-cakes.
3. Study the market in advance
Determine what you plan to do, because the scope of activities is so vast that it’s easy to get lost, not having a plan of action worked out in advance.
You want to breed cattle, grow watermelons, or open a store of sauerkraut? Perhaps you’ve decided to sell the wool for local weaving. At some remoteness from potential buyers will be your land, what would happen if no one will buy your product, or Vice versa, will buy up everything?
Before you plant the first seed from which will grow the future magnate of wool socks, or the first dealer of sauerkraut on the entire area, you will need to spend a lot of time to figure out what you’re going to sell, in what quantities and to whom. Create backup plan B in case something goes wrong. Prepare in advance all the possible ways, if not retreat, then the solution of arising problems. Prepare a thorough marketing plan in advance.
4. To study the earth
It all depends on which region of the country you are going to start their farming business.
Altai Krai is a traditional producer of grain, milk, meat, also grown here, sugar beet, sunflower, oil flax, fibre flax, hops, rapeseed and soybeans. In the Arkhangelsk region, the emphasis is on livestock development.
Krasnodar Krai is highlighted as the most important agricultural region of the country. Here are grown almost all.
So, I want you to consider moving farther South will be your farm, the better.
5. Grow your passion
Everyone knows that farming is hard work. So do yourself a favor — grow what I love. It will work, which brings you not only money but also pleasure. Unfortunately, taking most of the decisions, we rely on financial or traditional aspect, do what is beneficial or expected, but not what we really want and love to do.
The post blueberries, peaches or apples, if you were always hungry these fruits or berries. And let the first harvest will be the reward, and the first earnings in your future million.
6. Put reasonable goals
«Suppose I won’t be able to feed all the nearest towns and villages, until you are comfortable in the local market and just get back on your feet.»
«Let’s say in my pocket million will not be the first time my hard work. And until all my bills and possible debts are paid.»
«Suppose I’m not going to expand your business, as long as what I have will not bring you a steady regular income.»
In light of such agricultural subjects, is not a sin to screw a saying that aptly describes this item. «Take the burden on themselves so as not to fall while walking!». And even if you’re a crazy workaholic, you’re just not physically able to grasp the immensity.
7. Forget about what others will say
There will always be those who will not accept your way of life and thinking. Whether it be close friends or colleagues, the farmers, if you suddenly decide to dramatically change your lifestyle or decide to implement some advanced idea. Always. Take it for granted. And just do your job.
8. Have a sense of humor
Every day on the farm, someone dies. Here you go, enjoy the dawn and the way your ears of rye in the breath of fresh air, and in the next frame, you’re gutting mother goose on the pate.
To such it is necessary to get used: to take the life of a living being, even for food, is not easy. You should always keep a sense of humor. A sense of self-control. And courage.
9. Read. Ask questions
Be prepared for the fact that you have to shovel a lot of books. And even if you’re a misanthrope in the fourth generation, and so moved closer to nature, be ready to ask advice from more knowledgeable and experienced person.
Last but not least, be generous with your knowledge, especially with those people who will want, sooner or later, to learn something from you.