Start a Farm With Government Grant Money

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Would a government grant help you make the leap to buying a farm? That right! The USDA has announced it is giving out over $19MILLION in grants to young farmers accross the country! The Nation Institute of Food and Agriculture is managing the grant program. This program was put into place to help the younger generation break into the farming industry. Its for people with 10 years or less experience in the farming industry.

If this sounds like you, read on….

The grants were put into place to help train producers the the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program or BFRDP for short.

Although getting a grant isnt easy, it sure beats getting a loan and having to repay it! Below is some of the info, keep in mind that these dates are the same every year!

Important Dates

Posted Date:

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Closing Date:

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Additional Information

For More Information Contact:

Jill Auburn

Contact for Electronic Access Problems:

electronic@nifa.usda.gov (link sends e-mail)

Funding Opportunity Number:

USDA-NIFA-BFR-005436

CFDA number:

10.311

Abstracts of Funded Projects:

Read the Abstract (link is external)

Previous fiscal year(s) RFA:
application/pdf FY 2015 BFRDP RFA (222.23 KB)
Estimated Total Program Funding:

$18,000,000

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:

At least equal to 25 percent (25%) of the federal funds awarded.

Were You Born In The Wrong Century?

Would you be up to the challenge? Drop all contacts, throw away the cell phone, leave behind the laptop, and walk back into time; to the TENTH century?? (Video Below)

In 2013, and medieval re-enactment group built a 10th-century homestead as an experiment. The homestead has no access to electricity, no internet, tv, radio, or any other modern comforts.

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Contruction of the homestead began in 2012 with the help of achaeologist Alexander Fetisov. The entire homestead was constructed using ONLY the materials found in 10th-century homesteads.

“You can do anything with an axe. And things you cannot do with an axe can be done with a tool that an axe will help you make,” Pavel explains.
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Here is an interview via YouTube that explains the challenge:

 

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Counting the Days!

The farm rules were pretty strict – only authentic tools, equipment and food (found in ancient Russia) are permitted at all times. Pavel will have a limited supply of harvested food; he is expected to obtain his own food by hunting, gathering and fishing in the forest (the only time he was allowed to leave the farm). Each day, Sapozhnikov endured a routine of physical labor to ensure his survival: He woke up, checked on his livestock, milked the goat, chopped wood, fetched water from a well, insulated his cabin with manure, and hunted for food

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Facebook Protestors Shut Down Family Farm Raid

On Oct. 2, 2015 government officials raided Michael Schmidt’s farm. Schmidts is a raw milk activist for over 30 years and has been battling with the Canadian government for the last decade. His work around so far is instead of selling milk, he sells his customers shares in his cows. He has obviously dealt with many past legal battles.

Facebook blew up with responses when a raw milk activist named Liz Reitzig posted up an SOS call. She posted that there was a raid going on and for any supporters to grab video equipment and rush to Glencolton Farms, where the confrontation was taking place.

Agents from the Ministry of Natural Resources Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Regulatory Compliance Unit of Ontario, Ministry of Finance, dairy inspectors and the armed policemen were met and outnumbered by the farm’s supporters. Even with the threat of being arrested they stood their ground. (Watch Video Below)

With upwards of 50 people willing to be arrested the authorities decided to unload the confiscated items from their trucks and leave.

At 3:37 p.m. Schmidt posted on his Facebook: “We won. They are leaving and all the confiscated stuff stays.”

In Ontario, Canada raw milk became illegal in 1938. But Schmidt, who grew up in post-war Germany, has a distrust toward authority and strong personal beliefs on the health benefits of raw milk. He has been raided, taken to court, rallied and went on hunger strike (inspired by Gandhi), and he is not giving up, even refusing to pay thousands in fines because he maintains he has done nothing wrong.

Schmidt is just one person against Canada’s $12-billion dairy industry, and it is people like him that can make a change if supported by fellow citizens. Great job!

Golden Eagle Attacks Kid

So many people misunderstand the power of nature. I have seen eagles pick up dogs and cats, and now human children!

I once saw, with my own eyes, a womans dog taken by a coyote. Dog leash and all!!

I know that too much time in a subdivision can disconnect us from nature. Here is a prime example. Always be aware of your surroundings because this one would be tough to explain to you spouse!

Now its obvious this was a cgi created video, but incredible and possible!

“Honey, an eagle took him I swear!”

How to Make a PVC Bow for only $7!

Great DIY project: How to build a hunting a survival bow with PVC.

I love bow hunting and love spending time with my kids. Bow hunting is a great family event, but with 7 kids, it can become costly.

This first video is great for kids and women. It is a 40 pound draw bow and make it perfect for kids. They really enjoy these and it makes a great family activity.

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • A few feet of 3/4″ PVC pipe
  • 2 (5/16) inch fiberglass rods
  • Duct tape
  • Tile saw blade (with hacksaw, or not)
  • Paracord (poly or nylon blend…nylon stretches less which is better for the bow string).

Once you have those supplies then you’ll want to watch this video which shows you the exact steps to creating your PVC bow.

 

Now a 40pound draw is great for fun and small framed people, but I needed more. I found this 70 pound design by the same guy! Its great and can totally drop a deer! These are so cheap and easy to make that everyone should consider having these made up and stored in case of long term disasters. And in the meantime, they are a great backyard family activity!