Living the Country Life

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If you raise a specialty product, a local chef probably wants it.
Small farmers of specialty produce and livestock can really benefit from positioning their products well. One good way to do this is to approach chefs within your community. Chef David Guas is the...
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Growers are encouraged to come learn the latest
The Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference will be held January 9-11 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Ill. The conference features more than 100 speakers and 50 trade...
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Building a barn? Starting a business? Read this first.
Rural residents often think living outside the city releases them from zoning laws, but that is rarely the case. While zoning was originally designed to separate incompatible land uses (like homes...
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Small businesses are the lifeline of our nation's economy, and many acreages have what it takes to turn their land into a lucrative business. By growing hay, raising livestock and selling their...
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Starting a home business takes a lot of planning, and just because you live in the country doesn't mean you can do whatever you want. Make sure to check zoning laws to stay in compliance with...
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Living the Country Life Radio Program with Betsy Freese
Don't assume anything Listen to this radio show (MP3 download) or read below. Radio interview source: Tammy Ellis, research program associate, National Farm Medicine Center There are more...
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Maybe you have an idea for a small business on your acreage or ranch but aren't sure where to get the money. With a solid plan, proper management skills, and good credit history, getting a loan...
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Members of the Atkins family share their areas of expertise to grow an award-winning wine business.
Farming background Growing grapes and making wine takes a lot of hard work and understanding. For Terrence Atkins, whose first career was farming, the art of wine making was a business venture he...
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Trying to understand how taxes work is tricky enough, but it's even more confusing when you add land, animals, and buildings. Learn more about how to file your small farm taxes. Radio interview...
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The rural life of Rod and Mari Juntunen began in the corporate world of Seattle restaurant design. She worked for a design firm, and he owned a landscape business. They collaborated on a business...
Rod had long envisioned having enough land to grow trees for his landscape business, but he was thinking maybe 5 to 10 acres. The couple targeted the Skagit Valley because Rod had grown up there....

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