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We bring you feature articles on successful forage producers and their business models to help you enrich your management style.

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A long time back in 1620, a Baptist minister with the last name of Holmes moved away from England to find religious freedom. He and his sons ended up on a 900-acre, land-grant farm at Cream Ridge, New Jersey.

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At the American Forage and Grassland Council’s annual meeting in mid-January, 75-year-old Ted Hughes, a self-professed “grass farmer” and beef cattle producer from Georgia, competed in the annual Forage Spokesperson contest.

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A plungerless baler, on-the-fly bale monitoring for small balers, tedder/fluffer modifications, bale wagon strapper, improved hay loading equipment … basically, if a piece of equipment sits at Randi B Farm very long, it will never be safe from tinkering. It’s going to be tweaked and improved. That’s a fact.

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A producer who is producing a quantity of hay can’t continue to produce 30-pound bales at 100 bales an hour; that producer can’t meet demand.

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Last winter, a university ag economist told a group of producers in the Midwest he wouldn’t advise his students to pursue studies that fulfill their personal dreams.

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Stoltzfus Hay Farm started with only 16 acres of hay and borrowed equipment, but grew into a diverse business that supports two generations. This is a classic story of a father mentoring and transitioning his hay business to his sons.

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