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Farming 

Farming is undergoing a massive change around the world. In the USA, many farmers cannot afford to stay on their farms without second incomes and many of these farmers are approaching retirement age. 

There are two paths that American agriculture seems to be on. The first path is occurring with the takeover of family farms by companies and working them mono-culture with migrant labor to produce commodity crops on a large scale. The second path is entrepreneurial farmers producing multiple products, in an organic and sustainable manner on a small, local scale.

Global macro pressures for change 

There are three global macro shifts that can enable rural African’s make the leap from a substance existence to an affluent standard of living. These trends are as follows:
1.    The shift of the world’s population from rural living to urban living now sees more people on earth living in cities than in rural environments for the first time in mankind’s history.
2.    The second trend is the movement from a poverty level of income to a middle class income level for hundreds of millions of people all over the world.
3.    The third trend is that the world’s population is estimated to grow by 3 billion by 2050.

As a result of growing world population and increasing meat consumption, the UN estimates that food demand will double by 2050. This growth in population and the movement of large swaths of the current population into the middle class will require huge increases in the amount of food produced.

Rising personal incomes will mean that a larger proportion of those people will be wealthy enough to eat meat on a regular basis. The movement into the middle class of huge numbers will require a change of type of foods produced to include more energy dense foods, like meat.

Increases in meat production and consumption will affect grain availability exponentially as it takes approximately 7kg of grain in feed to produce 1kg of beef using the existing, intensive production system.  China for example consumes less than 300kg of grain per person annually compared to 900kg of grain per person consumed in the USA. The number of Chinese wealthy enough to eat meat on a regular basis is forecast to double by 2020 and similar trends are visible in other emerging nations.

In recent decades the US alone supplied almost half of world grain exports and 6 countries - Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Thailand and the USA combined  supply 90% of grain exports.

Recent assessments of the global agricultural economy suggest a significant slowdown in the rate of growth in crop yields. This means that the majority of this change in output and increase in meat production will have to come from increasing the amount of land the world uses for agriculture.

Currently the world dedicates by some estimates an area equivalent to the size of South America to raise crops and estimates range up to 40 percent of Earth's land for total agricultural output...
 
……unfortunately there is just not that much new land available for agriculture.  

In addition to the problems of existing meat production techniques that are grain and fossil fuel dependent, the current intensive animal production systems produce high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus wastes, plus concentrate these discharges of toxic materials around production sites. The planet cannot sustain nitrogen run-off at existing rates and limited supplies of phosphorus from mainly US mines, restrict the potential for expanded supply.

If you are not convinced yet, this is a 6 minute video totally worth watching that summarizes how our current food delivery system works: http://vimeo.com/57126054

To meet the world’s changing dietary demand, plus meet the expanding population’s requirement for more food and at the same time shift the world to a sustainable, organic system of production, the agriculture systems of the world will undergo dramatic change between now and 2050. 

This two-minute video from the University of Minnesota, which summarizes the problem:


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Chickens

http://apppa.org
American Pastured Poultry Producers
http://www.browerequip.com
http://www.lionsgrip.com/chickens.html
Browser - Chicken Equipment - Iowa
Chicken Feed
http://www.cornerstone-farm.com
http://troyerpoultry.com
http://www.sandgpoultry.com
http://butcherachicken.blogspot.com
yahoo.com/group/whizbangchickenpluckers/
http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com
http://www.themodernhomestead.us
http://www.thebiopod.com
http://www.butcherachicken.blogspot.com
http://www.feathersite.com
/soilmgmt/SusAg_PasturedPoultry.htm
http://www.leopold.iastate.edu
attra-pub/summaries/labelrouge.html
http://www.countrysidenatural.com
Chicken Supplies
Troyer Poultry - Olath CO
S $ G Poultry - Colored feathered birds
Back Yard Chicken butchering - Wizz Bang plucker
Wizz Bank Plucker Yahoo group
Backyard Poultry Magazine
Modern Homestead - Larvae for chicken protein
Biopod - Growing system for Black Soldier Fly
How to butcher a chicken
Feather Site - All about chicken breeds
Washington State - Movable poultry designs
Leopold Center for sustainable Ag at Iowa State
Label Rouge - Study of French Pasture Chickens
Countryside Feed - Organic Feed

Grass Fed

http://www.americangrassfed.org
http://www.americangrassfedbeef.com
http://www.galenbontragerfarm.com
http://www.glennlandfarm.com
http://www.grassfednetwork.com
http://www.grassfedexchange.com
http://www.grasslandbeef.com
http://www.csuchico.edu/agr/grassfedbeef/mission.html
http://www.grassometer.com

http://www.morrisgrassfed.com
http://www.marinsunfarms.com
http://www.polyfacefarms.com
Grass is King on Livestock Farm.html
http://the stampsfamily.net
American Grass Fed Asso. - Denver, CO
American Grass Fed Beef - Doniphan, Missouri
Galen Botontrager - Kolona IA
Glenn Land Farm CA- Rotational beef and sheep
Grass fed network
Grass Fed Exchange
Grass land Beef
Grassometer - Measures your grass on a phone
University of California Chico
Morris Grass Fed - Watsonville, CA
Marin Sun Beef - Point Reyes, CA
Polyface Farms (Multiple Faces) - Joel Salatin
Discovery video of Joel Salatin
The Stamps Family IA - Raising hogs on whey

Grass Fed Colorado

http://www.lgbeef.com
http://www.foxfirefarms.com
http://www.coloradocuts.com
http://www.desertweyr.com
http://freshandwyld.com
http://www.greenplaceranch.com
http://www.homesteadmeats.com
http://www.kinikinfoods.com
http://www.cb.locallygrown.net
http://www.thelivingfarm.org
http://www.localfarmsfirst.com
http://www.largavistaranch.com
http://www.pawneebuttesseed.com
http://www.pharocattle.com
http://www.princessbeef.com
http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/Agriculture-Main/CDAG/1167928162022
http://www.raincrowfarm.com
http://www.troyerpoultry.com
http://www.vogaco.org
http://www.wsrllc.com
http://www.windsordairy.com



Lasiter - Between Denver and Colorado Springs
Fox Fire Farms - Southern Colorado
Colorado Cuts - Littleton, CO
Desert Weyr - Sheep Farm, Paonia, CO
Fresh and Wyld Farmhouse, Paonia, CO
Green Place Ranch, Olathe, CO
Homestead Beef - Beef Processing, Delta, CO
Kinikin Foods, Montrose, CO
Locally Grown - Crested Butte on-line market
Living Farm - North Fork Valley , Paonia, CO
Local Farms First - Holy Terror Farm, Paonia, CO
Laga Vista Farm - Pueblo, CO
Pawnee Seed, Greeley, CO
Pharo Cattle, Cheyenne Wells, CO (Eastern CO)
Princess Beef, Crawford, CO
CADA - Beginning Farmer Loans
Rain Crow Farm, Paonia, CO
Troyer Poultry, Olathe, CO
Valley Growers Assoc, North Fork Valley, CO
Western Spirit Farm - Kiowa, Colorado
Windsor Dairy, Ft. Colins

Holistic Management

http://www.amazingcarbon.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQACN-XiqHU

http://www.ecoresults.org
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mtQBoMoqc9U
http://www.managingwholes.com
http://managingwholes.com/crocodile/index.htm

http://www.holisticresults.com.au
http://holisticmanagement.org

http://www.klrmarketing.com.au
http://stockmanship.com
http://www.judithdschwartz.com
http://www.pasturecropping.com
http://vimeo.com/4193969
http://www.planet-tech.com
http://hutwithaview.com

http://www.savoryinstitute.com
http://youtu.be/Vk3KHrqb7Uc
http://managingwholes.com/photos/water-cycle-basics-english/index.htm
http://soilcarboncoalition.org
http://www.winona.net.au
Amazing Carbon - Christine Jones - Australia
Dirt -  The Erosion of Civilizations - Video
Eco Results - Dan Dagget
Occam Grazer - Film about Holistic Management
Managing wholes
John Hall and Sam Bingham work books
Bruce Ward legacy
Holistic Management - Allan Savory's original organization
KLR Marketing - Australian Stock Trading system
Stockmanship - Bud Williams trading and marketing system
Judith Schwartz - Why cows save the planet
Pastured Cropping - Growing annuals on grass pastures
Pasture Cropping - Video of disc seeder
Planet Tech - Seth Itskan
Hut with a View - Seth Itskan's blog staying with Savory
Savory Institute - Allan Savory
Allan Savory and how water can stay in the soil
Water Cycle slides
Soil Carbon Coalition
Winona -Colin Seis - Pastured Cropping

Raw Milk

http://www.agregatai.lt
http://audaryadairy.com
http://americanmicrodairies.com
http://bobwhitesystems.com
http://www.coburn.com
http://claravaledairy.com
http://www.californiarawmilk.org
http://www.dairyequipmentsales.net
http://www.dairyheritage.com
http://handmilking.com
http://www.johnsonsacres.com
http://www.largavistaranch.com

http://www.organicpastures.com/mobilebarn.html
http://microdairydesigns.com
http://www.partsdeptonline.com
http://www.portablemilkers.com
http://www.raw-milk-facts.com
http://www.rawmilkcolorado.org

http://www.realmilk.com
http://www.realfoodbayarea.com
http://rosesislefarms.com
http://www.surepure.net
http://www.smalldairy.com
http://www.stanpacnet.com
bu/milking_cooling/youngstock/uv_purifier/default.aspx
http://www.windsordairy.com

Agregati - Mobile milking barn
Audaryadairy - Mendocino - ARaw Milk as a soil enhancer
American Micro Dairies
Bob White Systems
Coburn Co. - Milking Equipment, WI
Claravale Dairy - Panoche, CA
California Raw Milk
Dairy Equipment Sales - USed
Dairy Equipment Sales - New
Hand Milking - Close to Taos, NM
Largavista Ranch, CO - Once a day milking Jersey
Johnsons Acres, CO - Cow Share Dairy
McAfee - Mobile barn
Micro Dairy Designs
Parts for a dairy
Portable Milkers
Raw Milk Information
Raw Milk Colorado
Real Milk site for Raw Milk
Real Food Bay Area
Roses Isle - Jersey Dairy, CO - Cow Share
Sure Pure - South Africa / Zug, Swiss - UV sterilization
Small Dairy Information Web Site
Stanpac - Glass Milk Bottles
Westfalia UV Mike Sterilization System
Windsor Dairy, CO

Dairy

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/dubuque/info/dairy+publications.htm
http://www.thedairysite.com/articles/2163/automatic-milking-how-effective-is-it
http://www.cheesereporter.com

http://www.dairyforums.com
http://www.lely.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXtk-AJnpNY
http://www.leasecows.com
http://www.epiplastics04.com


Larry Tranel - ISU family Dairy Farms
Automatic Milking - How effective is it?
Cheese Reporter - Milk and other prices
Dairy Forum
Lely Automatic Milker
Mobile Automatic Milker
Leasing Cows
Plastic Walls and Doors for Creamery

Misc links of interest

http://agroinnovations.com
http://www.eatwild.com
http://attra.ncat.org
http://www.acresusa.com
http://stockmangrassfarmer.net
http://www.americanagriculturist.com
http://www.naturallygrown.org
http://www.farmaid.org/farm2school
http://www.farmtoschool.org
http://www.farmigo.com
http://www.fogquest.org
http://foodmachine.org
http://www.kerrcenter.com
http://www.nffc.net
http://opensourceecology.org.nyud.net
http://www.smallfarmcentral.com
http://www.hightunnels.org
http://www.cfra.org
http://beginningfarmers.org
http://www.resales.usda.gov
http://www.seawatergreenhouse.com

http://usfoodcrisisgroup.org/node/15
http://www.ted.com

Agricultural Innovations
Eat Wild - Jo Robinson
ATTRA - National Sustainable Ag info service
Acres USA Magazine
Stock Man Grass Farmer magazine
American Agriculturist
Naturally Grown Certification - Alt to Organic
Farm Aid - Farm to School program
Farm to School
Farmigo - Internet CSA system
Fog Farming - Shreerang Chhatre MIT
Food Machine - Fish and Aquaponics
Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture
National Family Farm Coalition
Open Source plans for farm gear
Small Farm Web Sites and CSA mngment
High Tunnels
Center For Rural Affairs - Loan Programs
Beginning Farmers
Beginning Farmer USDA farms for sale
Seawater Greenhouse - A new way to farm
US Food Crisis - Can organics feed the world
TEDx - 11 year old on the broken food system

Financing

http://www.beginningfarmers.org
http://www.cfra.org
http://californiafarmlink.org
http://www.cadafarmloan.com
http://www.farmcreditnetwork.com
http://www.farmloans.com
http://www.fsa.usda.gov
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/co/rural-bus.htm

http://www.farmermac.com
http://www.agloanusa.com
http://www.janusagfinance.com
http://www.usda.gov
Beginning Farmers
Center For Rural Affairs - Loan Programs
California Farm Link
Colorado Development Authority Beginner Farm
Farm Credit Network
Farm Loans - Colorado
Farm Service Agency - Interest Rates
Colorado Grants
Farmer Mac
Ag Loan - Commercial Lender
Janus Ag - Commercial Lender
USDA Grants

Land 

http://www.agriseek.com
http://www.landandfarm.com
Agriseek
Land and Farm