Tue May 29, 2012
The Kansas City Farmer Of The Future
For this Wednesday's Central Standard, we bring you our second show asking-- what will the farmer of the future look like? But this time we're looking for answers in our own metro area.
On our recent simulcast with Iowa Public Radio (KCUR, HPM), farmer Issac Phillips from Richland, IA told us, “The Farmer of the Future will have to be a livestock specialist, an attorney, an agriculture scientist, an accountant, and a veterinarian. You have to be a jack of all trades." While Kate Edwards of Wild Woods Farm told us, "The Farmer of the Future is not yet defined. It depends on those who aren't farmers." What do you think?
Are you a young farmer trying to get your start? What drew you to the business, and what obstacles are you facing?
“You have to be constantly learning new things…learning from neutral sources.” Luke Gran of @practicalfarmer
@HarvestPM Cash rents? “If you’re not the high bidder, you can’t rent land.” Tyler Franzenburg, young farmer.
@HarvestPM Kate Edwards: "I would love to own land someday. I would like to have the quintessential 1950s farm.”
@HarvestPM Wildwood Farms boss: 1 acre=feeding 30 families. A future farmer who goes small.
@ClaytonMasters “Banks simply aren't’ lending to first-time farmers. They see them as too much of a risk.” Talk show is on!
@kcurCST "The Farmer of the Future is not yet defined. It depends on those who aren't farmers." -Kate Edwards, Wild Woods Farm