Farming forum: Want to get into Farming.

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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Nov 5, 2016 7:51 PM CST
Hello!

For those of you who do not know me, My name is Jared, and I live in North Idaho. I am posting because there is a chance that I and my family are moving to Idaho Falls. When and if we get down there, we want to try farming by purchasing 10 acres. I am actually planning on going to school to learn Agriculture and farming anyway, but I have many questions:

What is required to become a farmer in Idaho?

Would I need a CDL for heavy equipment?

How do I own/get livestock like cattle and chickens?

If I have livestock, what do I do with them in Winter?

Would I need to build/buy a barn?

Would I need any kind of licensing?

Is there anything else I need to know before I start? I know it is very hard work, but I am ready.

Any help will be appreciated,

Jared
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Nov 5, 2016 8:35 PM CST
Start small and work your way up. Research and prepare housing before getting animals. Outbuildings are always good. Chat up the locals, they are a wealth of information. Have fun.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Nov 5, 2016 8:52 PM CST
Jared, I would say there are MANY other things that you need to know before jumping into farming (especially where livestock are concerned). Experience is the best teacher... maybe you could find work on a nearby farm and gain some practical experience. Smiling
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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Deer Organic Gardener Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
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Bonehead
Nov 5, 2016 9:04 PM CST
I agree that experience is a good thing. But sometimes to get experience one must just jump in. Nothing wrong with that approach. Our first two piggies were an Xmas present and we had not yet built our house let alone a pig sty. But, we cobbled together a 3 sided shed, threw up some fencing, and away we went. I do recall a fair amount of wildly chasing after escaped piglets, but also remember the valuable lesson of calmly leading home the piggies with a rattled can of grain...
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Catherine
SW Louisiana (Zone 9a)
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jerseyridgearts
Nov 6, 2016 10:11 AM CST
Chickens are the 'gateway' to (sustainable) farming. And there are many kinds of farming. For small scale farming (10 acres) I'd explore the permaculture principles endorsed by Geoff Lawton, Sepp Holzer, etc. And pastured poultry is a great way to begin farming with a somewhat lower financial outlay than traditional monoculture farming and/or a large livestock farming. There are tons of online resources for sustainable farming plus online forums where you might network with more experienced people in your area. And making a plan before you jump in head first will probably be your best bet.
There are also a lot of You Tube videos about homesteading, farming, sustainable living etc. I enjoy watching Justin Rhodes channel.

You may also want to talk with staff at your local USDA/Farm Service Agency which offers tons of financial programs for farmers including a special program for niche farmers - workshops and loans etc.


There's a forum here on Permaculture principles - and you can start there today. And you could take your first step today by planting a small garlic patch - easy, sustainable and you begin NOW!.

Best Wishes on your new adventure!
Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Nov 9, 2016 12:37 PM CST
Hello!

Thank you all for the advice! I will take it when we start!

Jared
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Nov 27, 2016 8:55 AM CST
First off, you need money. Lots and lots and lots of money. Ask me how I know this. Green Grin!
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Nov 30, 2016 8:08 AM CST
Hilarious! I agree with Anna! Like the farmer who won the lottery said when he was asked what he would do with all the money. "I'll just keep farming until it's all gone," he said.

Seriously though, starting small is a good idea. Chickens are great, and if you loose a bunch because you didn't know that coyotes and raccoon will kill them you're not out a huge bunch of money, yet they can provide you with lots of food. There's a great website called the feather site that has a lot of information about poultry.

When I was a kid, our neighbor's dairy farm was sold to a couple from Chicago who were going to become farmers. They lived their whole life in the city and knew nothing about animals and farm life. He was a hard worker, but the lessons he had to learn were somewhat overwhelming. One day he came over to our place and said he had a sick cow. I went over and there she was bellering like mad. I told him she was in heat, just call the technician and get her bred. He did survive, and became and pretty good farmer, but he had many supportive neighbors who helped him learn.

Others have given you some good advise here, learn what you can about each animal you intend to have. Observe and learn from people near you who have been successful. Then have fun! Smiling
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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Nov 30, 2016 8:19 AM CST
Oh, and I forgot to mention, along with not having any money if you want to farm, you will no longer "have a life". A good farmer realizes that the animals ALWAYS comes first.....ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!! And even more important...........his family realizes that too. They will always be 2nd.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Dec 2, 2016 4:47 PM CST
Jared ( @jnicholes ), just thought you might possibly be interested in this "Beginning Farmer Webinar Series," presented by the Michigan State Univ. Extension service (as far as I can see, there's no requirement that a person lives in Michigan to participate, and the cost is certainly reasonable). Or, you might want to check with your local extension service to see if anything similar is offered there. Smiling

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events...
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