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In the second part of this series, we rejoin Selena's story in 1994. We discuss the timeline of her final weeks as well as her killer's trial, dubbed in the media as Texas' "Trial of the Decade." Sources: Colloff, P. (2010, April). Dreaming of Her. Texas Monthly. https://www.texasmonthly.com/arts-entertainment/dreaming-of-her/ Falcon, M. (2018, Mar…
 
Tip Of The Week New methods of generating farm revenue can generate new types of problems Rural Crime In The U.S. https://www.newsweek.com/woman-complains-after-pumpkin-farm-kicks-her-out-bringing-giant-snake-1639462 https://roanoke.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/bond-denied-again-for-man-accused-of-stealing-plants-worth-330-000-from-hemp-farm/art…
 
Marie Canon and her husband, Mark, have been married and operating their dairy in Western Pennsylvania for 31 years. However, the legacy of this farm goes back much further than that, all the way to the Revolutionary War. Over time there have been different business models on the farm, and it has been some time since any direct marketing was done, …
 
Not much has changed when it comes to using the term "value-added" since the first time I aired this interview with Logan Schlauch who is benefitting from the trend in adding something a little extra or giving the consumer a little more while, in this case, a dairy producer can add to his bottom line. Here is the story of one small dairy operation …
 
As pressure mounts on the Federal Government to deliver a net zero by 2050 target, the Nationals are not being quiet about their resistance to stronger climate action. Plus, will the government’s COVID missteps be forgiven and forgotten by the time the federal election rolls around?SMH/The Age Chief Political Correspondent David Crowe joins PK and …
 
Interviewing FFA students I find myself constantly asking "what was I doing during high school?". I think I was a pretty typical high school student way back in the 1900s. I played sports, got decent grades, had a job, and focused on menial things outside of that. I also wasn't in the FFA, and interviewing these students from all over the country m…
 
Today is a big day on our farm in Kuna, Idaho. Our daughter, Hattie, has completed driver's training and been awarded her driving permit. She is going to start driving with us and fulfilling the requisite hours to make her eligible for her full driver's license. We are going to go through the motions and do everything we need to do to comply with t…
 
Our guest today is an American Star Finalist in the category of Agricultural Placement, and there is an incredible story that comes along with this nomination. Caleb Peckham has grown up on his family's small dairy farm in eastern Connecticut. In the latter half of the 2010s, low milk prices were harming dairies all over the United States, but smal…
 
Tip Of The Week Don’t mix business with personal relationships Rural Crime In The U.S. https://www.yourcentralvalley.com/news/crime/it-becomes-way-too-tempting-620k-taken-from-fresno-county-farm-sheriffs-office-says/ https://www.wwltv.com/article/news/crime/louisiana-man-threatens-workers-opens-fire-after-denying-them-water/289-01fc0da0-b31a-4de2-b…
 
90% of farmers in the U.S., large and small, rely on off-farm income to run their households because the farm revenue just won't. In a larger percentage of these instances that revenue comes from a working spouse. In today's episode, I get to interview Rosie Bosse, who is and was that working spouse and she has an amazing story of entrepreneurship,…
 
On tomorrow's Friday episode I am profiling a woman who supported her families farming lifestyle for 30 years selling Tupperware, driving all over Kansas and Nebraska and working six nights per week. I like my re-cap episodes to flow into my Friday episodes, and I thought this previous interview with Elisabeth Watkins would be perfect. Elisabeth tu…
 
One of the things that I love about interviewing FFA students is coming across individuals that don't care what age they are and who will not take "no" for an answer. Never has that been more true than in my interview with Mackenzie Camacho today. Mackenzie is now a sophomore at Purdue University, where she is studying civil engineering. She has be…
 
My agricultural life is kind of split into two phases by my law enforcement career. The first phase is growing up rural and then getting introduced to working with cattle by my step-father and step-grandfather. The next phase is meeting and becoming family with my father-in-law, Terry White, who showed me an even bigger vision with cattle than I ha…
 
I don't even know where to begin in describing today's guest or her accomplishments. Emily Acevedo is a bundle of energy, confidence, and personality. And with her combining a love for research with such incredible people skills, she is really going to climb to heights that maybe even she is not imagining right now. At the age of 20, Emily is a har…
 
Tip Of The Week If you are new to the area, get to know your neighbors. Rural Crime In The U.S. https://www.agweek.com/news/crime-and-courts/7214378-Northwest-Minnesota-farmer-charged-with-crop-insurance-fraud https://goldrushcam.com/sierrasuntimes/index.php/news/local-news/33726-madera-county-sheriff-s-office-requests-public-s-assistance-in-locati…
 
Selena Quintanilla-Perez first stepped into the tejano music scene in south Texas in the early 1980s. A Mexican-American from Texas whose first language was English, Selena’s dedication, hard work, and incredible family bond helped her breakthrough national, cultural, and language barriers in a music genre that was previously always dominated by me…
 
Have you ever heard of a business and thought, "why didn't I think of that?" Well, that is the case in today's episode. I think the most brilliant people are those who can see what is right in front of all of us, when none of the rest of us cannot see it. Today, Lisa Lupton and Martyn Jones, the founders of Seeds With Love Cards join me to talk abo…
 
On Today's show, I replay a fun and entertaining interview on how two FFA members teamed up to craft a unique FFA SAE. It is not just about the finished art products, it is also about unique marketing and forming a partnership using specific skillsets with a common interest in woodwork and art. More about how this idea for a "board art" SAE came ab…
 
On multiple occasions, after interviewing FFA students who have started lawn care businesses, I have referred to this particular type of business as a "future millionaire maker". It seems as though every single year there is an FFA student who is a finalist for the American Star in Agribusiness that is the owner of a lawn care company, and that is …
 
Last night was our annual scholarship auction at the Kuna FFA Chapter. It is always a very well attended and very successful event. This year was a new record, as it seems to be every year. This year was the 10th year in a row at this auction for us. A lot has changed in that time. The first time we went Hattie was five years old. Now she is 15, in…
 
Today's guest, Chase Krug, first appeared on the Off-Farm Income Podcast in episode #203 when he was a freshman in high school in 2016. Back then he was already doing research and had been awarded an SAE Grant to study the Colorado Potato Beetle as well as blight in potatoes. Over the past five years he has continued his passion for both research a…
 
Tip Of The Week Call police immediately, don’t delay wondering whether or not to make the call. Rural Crime In The U.S. https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/local/man-shot-death-boy-bow-and-arrow-jefferson-county/63-a96c6e25-cc8b-4aa9-8b34-d31a661dead7 https://www.masslive.com/boston/2021/09/apple-theft-is-a-crime-group-accused-of-trying-to-steal-hund…
 
Today's ag business interview has it all for you. As a matter of fact, I have never seen the concepts that we talk about on the Off-Farm Income Podcast come together quite so well as they have for today's guests. Dexter and Kayla Dedora are cattle ranchers in Alberta, Canada. They both grew up around cattle and agriculture and were determined to ha…
 
If you are a loyal listener, then you will recall my guest Nick McCormack as he appeared on the show in Episode #327. During our discussion, he outlined how he started his ranch from the ground up, literally. It wasn't easy and he had to develop his leathercraft skills in order to generate some cash to make it work. Tune in and find out how Nick an…
 
Ethan Buck is a finalist for the American Star in Agricultural Placement this year. And, this did not just happen overnight. Actually, it all started during the Great Depression. During that difficult time in American History, Ethan's great-grandfather moved from Illinois to Indiana and started the farming operation that Ethan has been so heavily i…
 
I interview a lot of high school students on this show with great businesses. Even with these fantastic businesses already started, many of them tell me that they do not plan on continuing as a business owner or they are going to go to college after high school and possibly continue the business on the side in the future. For some reason, even thou…
 
A few weeks ago my tip of the week was to use a forensic marking technology, such as Smart Water, to identify your property and to prevent the thefts in the first place. However, this wasn't actually my tip. This was a recommendation that a constable in the U.K. had made when he was interviewed about preventing sheep thefts in that country. As I lo…
 
Through the past seven years of hosting the Off-Farm Income Podcast I have made the claim on numerous occasions that you can find a niche in agriculture, become the expert in that niche and turn that into a business that will produce your off-farm income. Today, I offer proof of this concept one more time, and oh my goodness, is this proof! Lisa St…
 
Today is an oldie but goodie in terms of podcast episodes. I reach back into the archives to bring you this interview featuring Freelance Writer and Agricultural Communications Specialist, Heather Smith Thomas. Here are the notes from the original Episode: KEY IDEAS ADVICE FROM HEATHER: PERSISTENCE: Heather urges you not to give up, even after seve…
 
There is something very special about being able to interview all of the American Star Award Finalists every year. It is definitely a time of year that is inspirational to me and that gives me the motivation to continue my quest into entrepreneurship. And the only thing that can make that even more special is when one of those finalists has been a …
 
As it turned out, our good snow pack from last winter was largely diminished by the dry spring that we had. The ground in the mountains was so dry from lack of rainfall in the spring that when the snow started to run off they absorbed a large percentage of the water that would normally end up in our reservoirs. Therefore, my irrigation water shuts …
 
I try to interview every American Star Finalist, every year at this time. To me, getting to spend 20-30 minutes asking these FFA members about their journeys is what it would be like for other people to get to interview a star athlete for that amount of time. These students have risen to the top of an organization with a lot of talent. When these s…
 
It's been 20 years since Autumm and I received a telephone call first thing in the morning telling us that the Twin Towers in New York City were on fire. Different then our normal morning routine, we headed out to the living room and turned the television on to witness the towers falling just a short time later. We were forever changed just as ever…
 
Today is my second time featuring Ally Spears on the Off-Farm Income Podcast. She first appeared on the show in December of 2020 on episode #945. She and her mother co-own a business called Junk & Disorderly, and it supports the farm and farming lifestyle in the Bay Area of California. Ally does not live in California however. She lives in Texas an…
 
On tomorrow's episode I am having Ally Spears back on the show to talk about some of her other entrepreneurial endeavors in agriculture. It was a fun interview, talking about ag and life in general. I thought recapping the episode she did with her mother, Robyn, from the National Finals Rodeo in 2020 would be a great choice for this week's re-cap e…
 
On today's show, we are featuring an American Star Finalist in agricultural placement. These are always great interviews because the students that make it to this level are so dedicated to whomever they are working for, family or otherwise, their talents and work ethic shine through. That is definitely true with Jakob Weinheimer. Jakob has grown up…
 
Autumm, Hattie and I spent Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco. In today's episode I'll tell you why you should plan a visit if you've always wanted to go there but the news about the homeless problem has scared you away. Also, my cousin and his family are carrying on a great farming tradition in California, and I'm excited about it!…
 
Every year I am so fortunate to interview the sixteen students who are finalists for American Star Awards. This year we are kicking it off with Grady Johnson. Grady previously appeared on the Off-Farm Income Podcast in episode #482 back in 2018. It is always a significant thrill for me when a student who I have previously profiled comes back onto t…
 
Tip Of The Week Consider tech like Smart Water CSI to protect your valuable equipment: https://smartwatercsi.com Rural Crime In The U.S. https://www.nbc11news.com/2021/08/28/agriculture-theft-vandalism-grand-junction/ https://www.fox13now.com/news/local-news/the-old-west-crime-of-livestock-rustling-appears-to-be-increasing-in-utah Across The Pond, …
 
Today's episode is the epitome of the type of business that this show was designed to profile. Our guest, Roc Rutledge, farms with his father and brother in northeast Colorado. Long ago, Roc's father told them that they would need to create some sort of business to help support them if they were going to come home and farm. Roc has done that a coup…
 
oday's show is a reply of an interview featuring Aaron Juergons who had the idea to inject manure into the soil in an effort to mitigate Clean Air Act air emissions reporting requirements. In addition to his manure spreading business, he owns a hog feeder and finisher business with his brother and they are both employed by Juergens Produce and Feed…
 
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