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Secrets of a successful farmer

The farmer, namely the farmer is the main producer of food. Until recently, farmers were probably the main producers of clothing. They grew cotton, sheep, to mow wool, animals, to use their skin for shoes and clothes, and for example rabbits, nutria, foxes, minks and even sables, so that people would have beautiful and warm hats and fur coats . Of course, recently this sector of agriculture has significantly narrowed, as suddenly, suddenly there were crowds of passionate animal lovers and defenders of “animal rights”, and the whole world quickly changed into synthetics. I think those who produce this very synthetics, and, of course, the raw materials for it seem to have very much taken care of the very "animal lovers" who dressed and changed the whole world into the very same synthetics. But yourself,

People have long understood that, as they say, “hope for God, but you should not do it yourself”. Therefore, lying under a palm tree and waiting for some tasty fruit to fall straight into your hands is an unpromising occupation, and agriculture may well be the second oldest profession, since agriculture started a long time ago, as soon as you realized that the most necessary you can grow for yourself with your own hands, and not hope that you can find something somewhere, or learn to run like a cheetah, to catch up and eat some kind of living creature. As soon as a person's brain began to work creatively, he immediately began to create agriculture. The main and key factor of progress is laziness. It makes the brain work and come up with all sorts of relief for yourself. All this is called machinery and technology, mechanization and automation, although the first mechanisms that replaced human labor were horses, oxen, donkeys and camels. The second engine of progress is of course a benefit. Each of us wants to benefit from his work higher, and this is possible if we work not only with our hands, but above all with our head.

In countries where agriculture is well developed, there only 2-3% of the population work in agriculture and provide food for everyone else. In countries where innovations, technologies, knowledge, and best practices are not treated very carefully, and in some places even with disdain, 20-50% of the population is employed in agriculture, but food is still not enough ...

Use some of my advice, and most importantly, approach your work creatively and intelligently.

1. Choose your specialization

Choose the best specialization for your farm is very difficult. If everyone in the vicinity grows cucumbers for example, then in no case does one need to duplicate the specialization of neighbors. This is called primitive, not agriculture. Successful farmers determine what to grow on the basis of experience, studying the needs of the market, climatic conditions and the geographical location of the economy. The size of the farm is also significant. If you want to grow wheat, sunflower, corn, sugar beets or, for example, hay and become a successful farmer, you will have to acquire hundreds or thousands of hectares of land. However, there is not much agricultural land. For the successful management of small and medium-sized farms, it will be necessary to put a lot of effort and, above all, intellectual efforts. It is very difficult to determine what specialization will be for you the most profitable. It is necessary to take into account the fact that for a successful business you need to invest in the development of your own economy.

For different countries, the criteria for success of farmers are significantly different. Somewhere you can do practically nothing at all and live on subsidies and all sorts of state support programs, but in other countries it is very difficult for farmers. They are left to the mercy of fate. 
However, everywhere a farmer can become successful. Let's look at what you need to do to succeed:

2. Earth

Earth is the primary means of production. If you do not have your own land, I do not advise you to try to become a farmer. The landowner who will give you land for rent is not interested in your success. He cares only land rent. Well, to invest in a farm that is located in a foreign land, from which you can get rid of at any moment, at least silly. Therefore, start with the earth. If you have it and it is owned, then you can start working on it.

3. Water

Water is the second resource after the land to create a successful farm. No need to hope for rain. He can go, and can not go, and everything will burn and dry in your place. 
The quality of water from the source available to your farm is also a very important factor. Do a chemical analysis of the water to be sure that it is suitable for watering.

4. Climate

It is very important to clearly understand what (or who) and how can grow on your land. Under the open sky or have to hide under the roof. Nevertheless, even in countries with a warm climate, modern farmers prefer to shelter their production and thereby receive guaranteed results. Sheltered from external influences and natural elements of plants and animals will give the farmer guaranteed results and high profits.

5. Make a Business Plan

For myself. It is for himself, and not for banks or investors. A real business plan, where all aspects of your farm are clearly stated, will help you a lot in the future. The main point of this document is marketing research. Explore the market. Deep and thorough. Only in this way can you determine the general line of development for yourself. Clearly plan the required investment. Make this calculation with a reserve of at least 20%. It is initially impossible to foresee everything, therefore risks must be taken into account. Plan your farm management plan and develop your marketing policy. Flexible and designed to maximize profits from farmed products.

6. Labor

You need to understand initially how you plan to perform work on your farm. You can do it yourself, the whole family can work, but with large volumes you will have to look for labor. If people who want to work for you and live near your farm? Take care that there are no problems with working hands, especially during the harvest period.

7. Technique and technology

Farmer's life is driven by market and competitiveness. Many for some reason believe that agriculture is terribly conservative and that we should do everything the way our grandparents did. This is a big mistake. Want to be a successful farmer - be on the cutting edge of technology! Use modern technology and technology. Not necessarily the most expensive, but before you decide on the use of a particular equipment or technology, study the experience of other farmers. If you are sure that your choice is correct - do it as you decided. 
Be attentive and careful. Sometimes, outwardly, there are very similar things. Sometimes - they will offer you a very fascinating price. Do not chase the cheapest. This is not always the best. And life shows that the one who saves a lot usually pays twice.

8. Knowledge

Farmers must learn for life. On the experience and on experience of colleagues. Carefully study world experience. Internet to help you. If possible, visit other countries, those countries where agriculture is at a higher level than in your country. Learn. Knowledge and experience will allow you to compete successfully with other farmers.

9. Do not count on subsidies and state aid.

If there is any help from the state, accept this help. But try to organize your business so that you can do without there any handouts. Be self-sufficient and then everything will work out!

10. Competition and cooperation

Competition is something without which life cannot exist on Earth. But to survive alone is also almost impossible. And for successful survival, there is cooperation. Cooperation is a team, a community of people, businessmen who unite on the principles of mutual benefit, support and respect for the rules of honest and decent business. 
This all works great in many countries of the world. If your cooperation is poorly developed, look for opportunities to create or revive it. A reasonable, honest, decent and mutually beneficial combination of private and public interests, this is cooperation. Cooperation will reduce your costs and expenses and increase profits. Cooperate with colleagues on clear, understandable and transparent terms. Take care of your honor and reputation. This is a guarantee of success and success of your farm.

* Tip without number

Be active, modern people. Chat with colleagues. Make time for the Internet, social networks, specialized Internet resources. This will help you become a successful farmer. It will add knowledge and skills, it will give friends useful and productive communication. 
The Internet will help in improving your farm, the Internet will help in marketing. 
More friends and success you are guaranteed!

This article was published on Sunday 14 August, 2016.

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Fredi said on November 20, 2016 at 08:56 PM
You can not be limited only to those councils that have a blog. We need a vision, be a creative person, and you will succeed!

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