CashRent is Changing the Renting Game

I’ve always wanted to start an actual farm. What would I grow? Honestly, no clue yet. I’ve dabbled in hydroponics, but can’t get the science down at all. Maybe corn? Peanuts? Or strawberries or oranges, but it does get a bit too cold here in NW Florida for those fruits.

But of course, to start a farm, you need…LAND! Which, at the moment, Allie and I only have about 1/3 of an acre in city limits. Which I’m fairly certainly we couldn’t start a row crop operation in the backyard (we could…but we would probably have a lot of complaints.)

So what is there to do? Well, actually quite a lot. I’ve learned more and more that renting farmland is a pretty simple solution for farmers. Most farms that are 2nd or 3rd generations, have the luxury of having the land passed down from the previous generation. Beginner farmers aren’t so lucky and often have to search for available land which usually doesn’t come cheap. There has to be an easer way, right?

Farmers need land to grow crops. Some landowners have vast amounts of unused land that would actually be perfect for farming. Enter, farmland renting. It’s a win/win for all parties involved. Farmers get easy access to land and landowners get paid for their unused parcel. These agreements used to be handshake agreements between two parties, with the real issues being finances (shocker!). Farmers don’t want to pay too high of a price of land, while landowners want a fair price to rent out their land. CashRent.com is here to fix that dilemma.

CashRent is making the whole farmland renting process easier for all parties involved. CashRent is able to use aerial maps and soil data to develop a fair price of any land available on their platform. No more guessing on land value! This ensures landowners are getting a fair income on their land, while farmers aren’t having to pay unfair prices. This is also a wonderful tool due to available farmland in the U.S. shrinking at an alarming rate. You’ve probably heard it before, but farmers are constantly having to do more with less, and that includes farmland. This platform allows farmers to search in Illinois and Indiana, and soon the rest of the U.S., for farmland that will suit their needs. More land is easily marketed to anyone who might be interested, helping both the farmers and landowners get high quality tenets.

CashRent helps Landowners and Farmers cultivate the lessor/lessee relationship in a simple and transparent way.

CashRent.com

Not only does this help first time farmers looking for farm land in their area, it also helps farmers expanding their operations.

After chatting with co-founder, Noah Berkson, I learned that larger operations are expanding and getting high quality land for their farms. Noah stated that while some farms bid for land hours away from their headquarters, often it’s those large farms that are already right next to the land up for rent.

If I had much more land in my name or if I was ready to start a farming operation, I would absolutely use CashRent to look for land or lease some out. If you are a farmer or landowner, I highly suggest you check them out. They will be expanding throughout the continental Untied States very soon and with that, more farmers and landowners can use their amazing service. They even have a super easy tool, Cashrestimate, that can give you an estimate for your lands value (only currently available in Illinois as of 2020, but soon they will be expanding).

Learn more about CashRent by visiting their website or by listening to my interview with Noah, below!

Podcast Episode 82: How CashRent Helps Both Farmers and Landowners

This episode is brought to you by CashRent. Checkout CashRent.com for more information on how you can expand your operation or rent your land to farmers.

Available farmland in the United States is dwindling. Now more than ever, farmers are looking at simply renting land to either start their businesses or to expand their operation. In the past, most farmland renting has been handshake agreements, but one company is aiming to fix that and ease the whole process. CashRent was created to better manage the renting process for farmers and landowners. Today on the show, we are joined by CashRent co-founder, Noah Berkson. Noah will explain how CashRent has dramatically improved renting agreements in farming, the importance of getting fair land value, and how they are expanding their business across the Untied States.

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Show Notes:

  • Noah Berkson’s Background
  • Start of CashRent
  • How CashRent’s online auctions work
  • The process of renting farmland
  • Why farmers want to rent land instead of owning land
  • Process of leasing your land
  • Farmer/landowner relationship
  • Getting fair land value
  • CashRent’s strategy towards building relationships
  • Is land ready to farm?
  • Any leasing advantages to organic or sustainable farmers?
  • The future of CashRent

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Podcast Episode 81: What makes Southern Cuisine so Unique?

Today’s episode is a bit different.  Usually we focus on farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs, and well…you know the deal.  But today, we are talking about food.  Specifically, the unique qualities of Southern Cuisine.  I might be a little biased having lived in the south my whole life, but Southern food is absolutely amazing.  Catfish, greens, fried green tomatoes, cornbread, oysters, and a loooooot more.  But the Southern food scene is much more diverse than you might think.  Our guest today is Stephanie Burt of the podcast, The Southern Fork.   Stephanie is a food and beverage writer and podcaster that highlights the outstanding chefs, farmers, restaurateurs, bakers, and others revolutionizing the food scene here in the south.  This episode was a ton of fun as Stephanie and I geek out about Southern Food, podcasting, and some North Florida landmarks.  Be sure to check out Stephanie’s podcast!

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Don’t forget to check out Stephanie and the Southern Fork at the links below: 

Southern Fork Website

Southern Fork on Instagram

The Southern Fork Podcast on iTunes

Show Notes:

  • Stephanie Burt’s background
  • Start of Southern Fork Podcast
  • What makes Southern cuisine so unique?
  • Stephanie’s favorite and most annoying food trends
  • Lesser known Southern delicacies
  • Chefs growing crops for their restaurants
  • COVID-19’s impact on local restaurants
  • Netflix’s Chefs Table
  • Interviewing Food Network’s  Maneet Chauhan from Chopped
  • The popularity of Apalachicola Bay Oysters
  • Weird Bloody Mary’s
  • Geeking out over podcasts and trying to develop the perfect interview
  • Being in the present during interviews
  • Best food spots in North West Florida
  • Thoughts on the farmer/consumer relationship

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Podcast Episode 80: Behind the Scenes of a Family Orchard

Let’s learn about how fruits are grown and harvested. Specifically, apples, pears, peaches, and much more from McMullin Orchards in Utah.  Angie McMullin from McMullin Orchards will give us a glimpse of what it’s liking working for a family owned and operated orchard.  Angie will explain how the orchard was started, managing multiple harvest times, educating consumers, and much more!  

 

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Don’t forget to check out McMullin Orchard at the links below: 

McMullin Website

McMullin Orchard on Instagram

Show Notes:

  • History of McMullin Orchard
  • Process of growing apples, pears, peaches, cherries, and many other fruits
  • Planting fruit trees and planning out crops
  • Organic vs conventional
  • Harvesting fruits
  • Processing and Shipping to stores or consumers
  • Education consumers
  • Utah agriculture
  • Common misconceptions

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Failing is…OK?

You ever hear the story about how to make God laugh? Tell him your plans.

It’s true, and I think that’s how he intended it. Plans never go according to plan. But as long as you are planning, you’re going to have some success. Just be ok with changing your plans from time to time. Adapt and keep going.

Remember my plan a few weeks ago, I said I would wake up each morning and journal and actually be productive? Well that was sidelined, thanks covid. But, that’s ok! I’ll adapt, by trying again once better, and going from there.

Maybe you’ve tried to build habits. Maybe you’ve tried to start a business. Maybe none of that could stick. Guess what? THAT’S OK! Adjust your plan and keep going. See what sticks.

-T

Podcast Episode 79: Investing in Farmland

I’ve just started to invest in actual stocks and man, is there a lot to learn!  But, I didn’t know that investing in farmland is a thing and sometimes sees higher returns than traditional stocks.  One such company helping both investors and farmers is Acre Trader.  Today on the show, we sit down with Ben Maddox to learn about AcreTrader, their mission, and how investment platforms like this help farmers as well as investors.  Check it out if you want to learn more about how stuff like this works!

 

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Don’t forget to check out ACre Trader at the links below: 

acretrader.com

Show Notes:

  • Ben Maddox’s background
  • Start of AcreTrader
  • Bear and Bull markets
  • Investing 101
  • How investing in farmland differs than investing in stocks
  • Returns and investment rates
  • Long-term crops vs short term crop investments
  • How this helps first-time farmers
  • Investing in sustainable agriculture?
  • Can you invest in organic crops?

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Podcast Episode 78: Milk, Cheese, and Showing Dairy Cattle

Tessa Pacion works at Ludwig Farmstead Creamery that produces great milk and even some cheeses.  In our interview today, Tessa will talk about how her animal science degree and working with dairy cattle in college.  Tessa will also address many misconceptions consumers have about milk production like the frequency milk is tested before consumption and why dairy calves are separated from their mothers.  This is a full episode of great information on all things dairy, as well as what showing dairy cattle is all about.

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Don’t forget to check out Tessa at the links below: 

Tessa on Instagram

Ludwig Farmstead Website

Show Notes:

  • Tessa’s background.
  • Animal Science degree and working with dairy cows in college
  • What is homogenization and pasteurization
  • How many times milk is tested before it gets to the consumer
  • Cheese production
  • Misconceptions with dairy cattle
  • Why dairy calves are separated from their moms
  • Cow comfort
  • Showing dairy cattle
  • COVID-19’s impact
  • Switching production from restaurant to grocery stores
  • Experience with farm tours and showing consumers how milk is produced

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How to build rabbits…I mean, Habits.

The book, Atomic Habits, describes habits as, “Your brains automatic response to a repeatable event.” Think of it like getting a cup of coffee first thing in the morning or hitting snooze on your alarm clock morning after morning.

I’m only about a quarter of the way through with Atomic Habits so far. It’s been pretty eye opening thus far. Perhaps the biggest advice it gives is how to change your mindset to improve your habits.

The author, James clear, mentions that to build strong habits, you first change your identity. He offers one example of a smoker trying to quit. If someone offers them a cigarettes, replying “I don’t smoke” rather than, “I’m trying to quit” showcases a change in identity. The smoker now identifies as a non-smoker, rather than a smoker, and this change in mindset, can make the process of quitting much easier to follow through on time and time again.

I’m not really a morning person. But changing my identity to, “I am a morning person” will help me build the habit of waking up early. A morning person is much more likely to not hit snooze in the morning than someone who doesn’t identify as a morning person.

Now, I’m not going to get into if you want to identify as an attack helicopter…because that’s just crazy talk.

This book has been great and I’ll continue to update you.

What do you think? What are some tried and true methods on building habits? Let me know in the comments below!

– T

Why motivation is like showering….It’s recommended daily.

  1. 6:30 – Wake Up.
  2. 6:35 – Journal and Read.
  3. 7:00 – Brew Tea and catch up on Farm Traveler emails.
  4. 7:30 – Stretch and take the dog for a walk.
  5. 8:00 – Shower, eat breakfast.
  6. 8:30 – Start work day.

Above is my ideal morning routine. Key word here is IDEAL. In actuality, I’m rarely awake before 9:00. After watching productivity gurus and experts explain the importance of establishing a morning routine, I’ve been struggling at developing and keeping mine. I’ll sometimes get out of bed early, only to slack off after journaling. It’s an ongoing struggling. One that might require some sort of motivation in the morning.

I’ve heard countless people say, “Motivation is like showering. We recommended it daily.” Motivation shouldn’t be something before you play a sport or take a quiz. We all need motivation, 24/7. In various forms and various amounts. Maybe we all need Jocko Willink yelling at us in the morning to inspire us and get us out of bed. Or maybe it’s as simple as the joy of taking our dog for a walk. We all have different motivational needs.

Next week, PLEASE hold me to it, I’ll be getting out of bed and reporting on here how it went. My simple motivation will be journaling and tea time. Yeah…I realize that sentence makes me sound like a 80 year-old British man, but it is something I enjoy.

So, time to get with it and find some motivation.

What’s your motivation? Let me know in the comments below.

-T

Podcast Episode 77: Seed Salesman and Seminole Indian Reenactor

Matt Griffin and I met during our time at the University of Florida, pretty much everyone in the college of agriculture knew everyone.  While we never shared any of the same classes, we both were active in various student organizations and share a love for all things Florida agriculture.  Matt is a seed product development manager by day and a Seminole war reenactor by night.  Our interview will cover a wide variety of topics, like how Matt develops certain plant varieties for his customers, some Florida agriculture history, as well as why he portrays a Black Seminole Indian for various war reenactments.   This is a great one!  Be sure to check out Matt at the links below as well as another podcast interview he was on, The Millennial Salesman.

Matt’s interview on the Millennial Salesman

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Don’t forget to check out Matt at the links below: 

Matt’s Instagram

OmniPresentBeauty – Matt’s photography page

Show Notes:

  • Matt’s Background
  • United Genetics Seed Company
  • Selling seeds
  • Marketing different varieties
  • Researching best growing varieties
  • Working with seed companies vs working with farmers
  • History of Florida Agriculture
  • Importance of remembering our history
  • Seminole Indian Reenactments

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“Rome wasn’t built in a day.” – Some old and wise person.

When I first started teaching, I kept telling my students “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” We even wrote it up on the wall as a daily reminder. The purpose was to show that hard work takes time to reap the benefits of. Eventually, only after two years of me teaching, we succeeded in building a strong program that was recognized by the district as a high class program.

The same can be said for habits or really anything in life. Things take time.

I’ve wanted to get in to journaling each morning and honestly, it’s an on going struggle. Today, October 5th, 2020, was the first morning I’ve journaled since April. Whoops. But one day down and now time to make sure I do it tomorrow.

Habits take time to build. A good life takes time to build. Shoot, even a good podcast takes time to build. After a few months of Farm Traveler, we were getting around 50 downloads a week. Now, over a year in, we average around 200. Not a bad gain in just a year. Yet, I’ve heard countless stories of new podcasters stopping after only a few months. They claim their shows just aren’t growing. Well….You know….”Rome wasn’t…” Yeah, you get the picture.

All things worth while take time. I think that’s the way it’s meant to be.

Ok…Stop reading this and go build YOUR Rome. Just maybe without the gladiator battles and the murdering of an emperor who is now famous as a type of salad.

– T.

The beginnings…

Orange La Croix is my favorite. Pretty much anything orange is. Maybe because I’m from Florida? You never know.

“Your first blog post is gonna suck. Your 1000th, will be spectacular.” That’s a recent quote I read in Atomic Habits. A book from author James Clear on how you can develop successful habits. James mentions that to be successful, you need to focus on getting 1% better, not necessarily on winning. Pretty good advice. Look at Nick Saban for example. Regardless of your colligate affiliation, you have to admit that Saban is one of the greatest college football coaches in history. His focus on getting better and not just winning, is what has made him and his teams so dominate.

So that’s what this is. A 1% step to get better.

What do you want to get better at? Writing? An instrument?

Go get it. Go practice today. Get 1% better.

OK. Till next time.

– Trev

Podcast Episode 76: 4th Generation Michigan Farm

Imagine the pressure of carrying on your family business.  Or better yet, imagine being the 4th generation to work on the family farm, which one day, will be yours.  That’s the challenge and course taken by our guest today, Derek Thom from D & D Thom Farms in Michigan.  Derek will cover the history of his family farm as well as what they grow including wheat, soybeans, cattle, and much more.  

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Don’t forget to check out D&D Thom Farms at the link below:

Thom Farms on Instagram

Show Notes:

  • Derek’s Background –
  • D&D Thom Farms – soybean, wheat, corn, sugar beets, hay, 120 cows, beef steers,
  • Pressures of a 4th generation
  • Michigan Agriculture
  • Crops production methods (organic or conventional)
  • Difference between cash crops and cover crops
  • Beef side of the farm, what type of cattle, daily care, etc.
  • Thoughts on the farmer/consumer relationships
  • What are some misconceptions you think consumers have of farmers.
  • Organic vs Conventional
  • Thoughts on farmer/consumer relationship

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Podcast Episode 74: What is A2 Milk?

Eileen Warburton is a dairy farmer at Sunset Ridge Warburton Farm in Pennsylvania. Her son has a health condition where he can’t drink regular milk without having severe side effects. Determined to find a solution for her son, Eileen found that some of her dairy cows can produce A2 milk, which her son can enjoy with no side effects. So what exactly is A2 milk? You’ll find out in this episode.

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Don’t forget to check out sunset Ridge at the links below:

Sunset Ridge Farms

Show Notes:

  • Eileen’s background
  • Her sons need for A2milk
  • Difference between lactose free milk and A2 milk
  • What type of cows produce A2 milk?
  • Alternative forms of milk
  • Misconceptions consumers have of milk
  • Thoughts on farmer/consumer relationship

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Podcast Episode 73: What Makes Coffee “Fair Trade”?

 

Do you like coffee? I love coffee. Today, my guest is Ben Weiner of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers a specialty coffee farming group that is aimed to connect coffee roasters with coffee farmers. Ben is going to educate us on the coffee trade, why coffee has risen in popularity, and how Gold Mountain Coffee Growers is working to bring high quality coffee to coffee lovers everywhere.

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Don’t forget to check out Gold Mountain Coffee Growers at the links below:

Gold Mountain Coffee Growers Website

Gold Mountain Coffee on Instagram

Show Notes:

  • Ben’s background
  • Why so many types of coffee
  • What is “Fair Trade” coffee?
  • Why has coffee gained in popularity?
  • COVID-19’s impact
  • Misconceptions of coffee
  • Best brewing methods

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