Archive for February, 2014

Frederick “Fred” John Fleming, whose namesake includes both sets of great-grandfathers, is now entering the latest chapter in his lucrative agribusiness career: the hand-off to the next generation. Fred is ready to train and assist someone in taking over his 32-year old seed company, Reardan Seed Co., Inc. located in the state of Washington. The succession will not be following lineage lines.

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Here is a little something I pulled up that I had written ten years ago today. I remember sharing it with non-farmer friends over the internet, in what seemed at the time to be just the beginning of public interest into a world of agriculture that was rarely seen by people not involved.
 
Spring came for me yesterday, 400 miles south of here (Ensenada), about half way down the Baja peninsula.

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US Air Force Colonel (retired) Jeffrey Macloud has joined FVC as Chief Operations Officer. Jeff’s 25-year military career included directing operations on the Nevada Test and Training Range, and a leadership position in the historic drawdown of combat forces in Iraq, where he led transition planning of hundreds of critical governance and military tasks.

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Prepared by Ed Cox, Agricultural Law Center, Drake Law, for the Farmer Veteran Coalition
 
Below is a description of the new programs for veteran farmers in the Bill as it is being sent to the President.  Veterans and supporters interested in finding out more about these programs can contact us at info@farmvetco.org or call at 530.756.1395.
 
Veteran Farmer or Rancher Definition
 
Veteran Farmer Defined:
 
Definition of Veteran Farmer or Rancher.

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    Our own Michele Pfannenstiel, President FVC Maine, made a visit to Dick Royer's Farm last week. While there she was able to snap a few pictures of him and his wife.  Earlier in the month we were able to connect him with with Chet Bennetts, Director of Farm Development, to assist in business planning for his farm.

     

    "I just received the one page business plan from Chet. He told me he was sending it to me what I thought was a form or a sheet of paper to fill out turns out to be a 90+ page workbook and a cd! Wow I am so glad to have found you guys! I finally think I maybe on the right path to getting my farm on a good footing. Thank you so so much for your help..." 

    - Dick Royer

     

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  • Mar 18th, 2014
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    Frederick “Fred” John Fleming, whose namesake includes both sets of great-grandfathers, is now entering the latest chapter in his lucrative agribusiness career: the hand-off to the next generation. Fred is ready to train and assist someone in taking over his 32-year old seed company, Reardan Seed Co., Inc. located in the state of Washington. The succession will not be following lineage lines.

     

    The two Fleming adult children, now in successful professions other than farming (healthcare and education), are not interested in any of the four agribusinesses Fred and his wife, Vicki, manage: the Lazy Y J Farms (est. 1888); Shepherd’s Grain; the Reardan Seed Co., Inc.; and their latest start-up, Rhizoterra, Inc., a soil preparation company.

     

    Fred, always a forward-thinker, is a step-ahead of the farming crisis: a third of US farmers are older than 65 and retiring. His plan of action is to reach out now and make an investment with an individual who is interested in agriculture. Fred has already proven successful at integrating a non-family member into the management of the Lazy Y L Farms business. Now the Fleming’s are reaching out to Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) in their search for a hard-working individual to manage and, eventually, over time own Reardon Seed.

     

    Why FVC? Fred says it best: “I’m a veteran, as were both my parents, and I know that a veteran will have the necessary drive to work hard.” A hardworking individual isn’t all Fred is looking for because the right fit for Reardan Seed also includes a background and strong interest in agriculture, not necessarily farming, but perhaps experience in life sciences or agronomy.

     

    If you’re interested in making a lifelong commitment to building an already successful ag-related business and have fun doing it, then you want to talk to Fred. He can be reached at: fredjf2@aol.com.

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  • Feb 28th, 2014
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    FVC Iowa, Ed Cox, and the great work they're doing with farmer-veterans like Aaron White was recently featured by local news station KCCI in Des Moines.

     

    Check out FVC Iowa at http://iowafarmerveteran.org/ and if you're in the mid-west be sure check their calendar for workshops.

     

    Click here to watch the story.

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  • Jan 29th, 2014