Frank Smith

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Not currently farming

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I have been farming or working on farms for the last 20 plus years I just haven't found my forever farm yet. I was last working on a contract grazing operation but have run into trouble with available farmland to lease.

Description of marketing method:

I would like to eventually like to direct market into metropolitan areas but I would also e good with co-op and contract production. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Eastern, Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington, Southeast, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester

Desired acreage:

21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Water access, Fencing

Description of water access required:

I would like to do either grass-based dairy or grass-based meat production using regenerative agriculture.

Description of fencing required:

I can install fencing but would like to have some perimeter fencing and electric high tensile would most ideal for MIG.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Hay

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef, Cattle - Dairy, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

I would like to do a multi-species grass-based farming operation with some market gardening for my wife and kids to operate.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

I would like a working transition with an aging or retiring farmer but would also be open to apprenticeships or work share opportunities.

Additional Information

Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?

Yes

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, Farm management, Farm employee

Experience description:

I have worked on and done some management on numerous farms from beef operations to replacement heifer and silage farms. I have also worked hard at starting my own contract grazing operation but have found leasable land to be a limiting factor. I have also had a lot of formal education through the University of Wisconsin at Madison short course for beginning dairy and grass farmers and through the Savory Institute.