RELEASE: Montana Young Farmers Ask for Senator Tester’s Support in the Farm Bill
Sen. Tester, only active farmer in Senate, welcomes input from young farmers
BUTTE, MT – Monday, October 23 – Young farmers from Montana gathered on Saturday to share their needs with Senator Jon Tester’s staff (D-MT) at a “Young Farmer Roundtable” hosted by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) as part of the annual AERO Expo.
RELEASE: National Young Farmers Coalition applauds Montana House of Representatives for passage of Farmer Student Loan Bill
Measure would help to preserve Montana’s agricultural economy and secure its food supply
HELENA, MT (April 5, 2017) — The National Young Farmers Coalition, which represents America’s next generation of farmers and ranchers, applauded the Montana House of Representatives for its passage of the farmer student loan bill (HB 631) this week.
Bootstrap Dairy Farmer Video Release!
The Bootstrap Dairy Farmer Videos are finally here! In 2013, five young women chronicled their experiences of starting dairy farms on our Bootstrap Blog. In the long-awaited final installment of the series, three of the women take us to their farms in short films. Watch now and see how these women overcome icy temps, broken […]
BOOTSTRAP @ THE GOLDEN YOKE – MARKETING & SALES
By Laura Ginsburg of The Golden Yoke For marketing, like the rest of our farm venture, we are starting small with big visions for the future. We currently have a logo, a Facebook page, a domain name, and the makings of a Kickstarter campaign. We have visions of shirts, stickers, ice cream cartons, a scoop […]
Bootstrap @ The Golden Yoke – Pasture Management
Pasture management in Montana is not just about building fence and moving cows. First and foremost it is about irrigation. Because of our arid climate we rely heavily on irrigation water, which is dependent on mountain snow pack. Every winter farmers and ranchers in the west look to the mountains as they plan for the […]
BOOTSTRAP @ THE GOLDEN YOKE – BUILDING EXPERIENCE
By Laura Ginsburg of The Golden Yoke I remember hearing a statistic once, that to be an expert at something you had to do that activity for 10,000 hours. Connie and I tried to calculate all of the hours we have stood behind or next to a cow (or under during some unfortunate events), and […]
BOOTSTRAP @ THE GOLDEN YOKE – EQUIPMENT AND CAPITAL
By Laura Ginsburg of The Golden Yoke This past month has been a big one for decision-making at The Golden Yoke. Unlike the other Bootstrap farmers, we are not currently milking any cows, do not have any facilities, and do not have any real equipment to speak of. And having just finished grad school, we […]
BOOTSTRAP @ THE GOLDEN YOKE – ON BREEDS
By Laura Ginsburg of The Golden Yoke Montana is considered a fluid milk state, which means that one of the primary goals for dairy farmers is to breed cows that produce a lot of milk without much regard for components. Across the state, the vast representation of cows are of the black and white variety, […]
BOOTSTRAP @ THE GOLDEN YOKE – Follow along with our first year
By Laura Ginsburg of The Golden Yoke Hi! My name is Laura Ginsburg. Connie and I are starting to build our dairy, the Golden Yoke. We are the first new dairy in Montana in over two decades. Not only will we be the first new dairy in many years, we will be the only grass-based, […]