Future Farmers, You Could Win a $100 Gift Card to Tractor Supply

Alex Tiller - Wednesday, March 25, 2009

So you think you want to be a farmer?  What’s stopping you or making you think twice?  What do you think could be done to better to insure your success? 

As many of you know, I am working on a book for future farmers.  Now I need some help.  I have created a 16 question survey to try to better understand what motivates and what hinders wanna-be farmers.  

In return for filling out my questionnaire, one of you will be selected at random to receive a $100 Tractor Supply gift certificate. The gift certificate can be used at TractorSupply.com or in any Tractor Supply retail store. 

Your survey must be completed in full to qualify for the drawing.  I will only accept one survey per person and you will be required to provide contact information if you choose to be entered into the $100 Tractor Supply Gift Card drawing.  You may submit your survey anonymously if you do not wish to disclose your identity, but then I won’t have a way to enter you into the drawing. 

 Click Here to take the survey

Feel free to pass this survey along to other friends, family, or schoolmates who are considering making farming a career.  Email them the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=oSNXoA0B7TzLcgqLcwyXiA_3d_3d

Thanks for your help and Good Luck!

Agribusiness SBA Stimulus Package

Alex Tiller - Monday, March 23, 2009

For those of you contemplating starting a new (non-commodity farm) agribusiness venture, 2009 might be your year.   On March 17 President Obama unveiled a multifaceted small business initiative to try and stimulate the small business economy with a major focus on unfreezing small business lending. Reactions to the plan were generally favorable, although I personally am not sure this is enough to turn around our economy.  -Most of you know I believe that much more should be done to assist small business and entrepreneurs in America since small biz is the engine that drives this county and is the largest single employer.

The key elements of the package included reducing fees on SBA 7(a) and 504 loans, the Treasury buying $15 billion of small business loans on the secondary market, and a business stabilization loan program. Giovanni Coratolo, director of Small Business Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce called the program a "huge step in the right direction."

It’s good to be reminded that not all our venture financing has to be dictated by the USDA/FSA and FCS.  See what your state SBA can do for you.
The White House and SBA released a number of documents detailing the plan. They can be accessed from the links below:
1.   SBA Statement on Recovery Efforts
2.   White House Fact Sheet
3.   Talking Points
4.   SBA Policy Notice - Up to 90 Percent Guaranty on 7(a) Loans
5.   SBA Policy Notice - Fee Elimination Provisions
6.   FAQ for Small Businesses/Entrepreneurs
7.   Lender Q&A

Agriculture Jobs for Pros

Alex Tiller - Monday, March 23, 2009

Today I would like to share something from our friends over at the Ag Job Network .  In tough economic times with unemployment sky rocketing and rescission in the news, here is a way you can help your fellow farm professionals find work.  -There’s even something it for you.   AgJobNetwork is offering a $250 referral bonus to you for recomending the successful candidate to any of the following positions:


About the Ag Job Network:  AgJobNetwork aims to be the premier job aggregator and networking resource for the dynamic scope of the agriculture industry.  What does this mean?  Their goal is to be a resource for job seekers that are looking to network with other agriculture industry professionals. At the same time, they are a resource that utilizes the most current media to help agriculturally based businesses to promote job opportunities.

When your agriculture or farming organization has an opening - Click Here to Post it!