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Food Hubs Are Vital

Marketing Plans The emergence of farm hubs represents a pivotal paradigm shift in fortifying local food systems, countering the dependency of major grocery chains on extensive transportation networks. Comprised of a network of farms, these hubs serve as vital conduits, bridging the gap between producers and consumers while championing sustainability and regional economic vitality.
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John Andresen
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Marketing Plans are Stupid

Marketing Plans Marketing Plans are Stupid. Or are they? Look, picture this: you're hurtling down a highway in a beat-up jalopy, fueled by optimism and a vague notion of "west." Sure, there's a certain chaotic beauty to it –- like stumbling through a funhouse of neon signs and catchy slogans, never knowing what bizarre ad will pop out next. But let's be honest, most businesses end up like a rusted-out Chevy in the junkyard of forgotten dreams...
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John Andresen
John Andresen
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Broken Plates: Why Our Food Travels Too Far and What We Can Do About It

Ag Associations: The Backbone of Agriculture The average American meal travels a shocking 1,500 miles before reaching your plate. This vast journey, driven by a focus on efficiency and cost-cutting in large-scale agriculture, raises critical questions about the quality and sustainability of our food system....
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John Andresen
John Andresen
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The Importance of Show-Quality Livestock

Ag Associations: The Backbone of Agriculture In the world of agriculture, where the rhythm of life follows the seasons and the land dictates the livelihoods of many, the pursuit of excellence is an age-old endeavor. Nowhere is this more evident than in the careful cultivation of show-quality livestock...
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John Andresen
John Andresen
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Slice into Success: A Guide to Running a Rewarding Crowdfunding Campaign

Ag Associations: The Backbone of Agriculture Happy Pi Day! While mathematicians are busy celebrating the beauty of the infinite number pi (π), entrepreneurs can take a cue from its circular nature – a successful crowdfunding campaign is all about creating a cycle of engagement and reward. Just like everyone wants a bigger slice of pie, your campaign's goal is to attract backers who are excited to be a part of your story and see it come to life....
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John Andresen
John Andresen
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Ag Associations: The Backbone of Agriculture

Ag Associations: The Backbone of Agriculture Across the vast landscapes of America, a network of dedicated organizations plays a vital role in the success of our agricultural industry. These organizations are known as agricultural associations, and they serve as the backbone for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural stakeholders. ....
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John Andresen
John Andresen
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Livestock as an Investment

Livestock As An Investment Livestock production has been a cornerstone of human civilization for millennia, providing essential resources like food, clothing, and fuel. But livestock also is an investment opportunity, offering diversification and excellent potential returns....
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John Andresen
John Andresen
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Disaster Proofing Your Business

Disaster Proofing Your Business 2024 is shaping up to be one heck of a year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that in 2024 we will see significant hurricanes, tornados, flooding, and droughts. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) warnings of increased COVID-19 cases. If past election years are any indication of what to expect, we should see major protests, riots, and increased shootings in major cities. In a year where all hell breaks loose, how do you prepare your business?...
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John Andresen
John Andresen
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Investing in Farming

Farming as an Investment Investing in agriculture is a smart strategic decision. After all, regardless of the state of the overall economy—whether it's in a recession or booming—people still need to eat. This makes agriculture and farming investments attractive to many investors, as they are often recession-proof. Additionally, with the world's population on the rise, farming is expected to play an increasingly vital role in sustaining global societies....
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John Andresen
John Andresen
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Genetic and Phenotypic Characteristics of Belted Pig Breeds: A Review

Belted Pig Breeds In many parts of the world, belted pig breeds have been selectively raised for their distinctive appearance for centuries. These pigs present a white belt of variable width, generally centred on the shoulders or trunk on a solid black background. The present review aimed to identify and describe, from a genetic point of view, all existing pig breeds with this peculiar coat pattern. Using the online database, 42 pig breeds, their origin, productive, and reproductive data, and conservation status have been identified. Most of them are local small-size breeds, some extinct or endangered. Highlighting the attention paid to these breeds and their role as local livestock is of great importance for conserving local biodiversity....
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Samira Giovannini
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I Believe in Alpacas

I Beleive In Alpacas I saw my first alpacas in 1997 and I had the same reaction that most people do: I was fascinated by them. But then I got to know their potential and how they are easy to care for and how incredible their fiber is. Unfortunately, still only a small percentage of Americans know what an alpaca is and much fewer know how warm and soft their fiber is.

I believe in alpacas. In many ways, the alpaca industry started in the eighties, and when I found that out, I was excited by the historical significance of alpacas. They are one of the few modern ranching industries and I am a part of it! That's exciting to me. We, in the alpaca industry, are making history...
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John Andresen
John Andresen
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Stonyridge Alpacas: Hooked on the Alpaca Business

At first Wayne Buttolph visited the Phillip Foster Farms Alpaca Excursion in Eagle Creek, Oregon and fell instantly in love. That day they went home as proud new Alpaca owners and Stonyridge Alpacas was born. With the goal of a profitable business by the end of five years, they purchased $100,000 worth of animals the first two years. Animal sales through the end of year three have returned 50% on those original purchases, and with ten cria expected this year (all with top-notch bloodlines) the hope is to be showing a profit well before the end of their 5-year plan. Theirs is not exactly a get-rich-quick story, but it certainly is one that most small business owners would certainly love to call their own. The secret to their success is simple: a well-thought-out and direct business approach from the start.....



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Kim Andresen
Kim Andresen
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Disappearing Creek Alpacas: Thinking Like New Alpaca Ranchers

Everyone wants to help people get started in the alpaca industry, especially by selling animals to them; however, often experienced alpaca ranchers forget how it feels to just be starting. Remembering what the issues, concerns, and confusions that new-comers have can be a big help in your ability to sell to them. The following story is about Disappearing Creek, a new alpaca ranch, how they started and what they had to learn....



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Kim Andresen
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