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Multiple enterprises help young grain farmer with cash flow, networking

Jeff Caldwell 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

If grass grew under Eric Towle's feet, he'd find a way to market it. But the young Murdock, Nebraska, farmer would never let so much time pass. He's busy year-round in 4 sideline enterprises along with 750 acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa and wheat.


The growing season finds him driving his sprayer. In August and September, Eric bales wheat straw to sell to hardware stores and other retailers. By October and November, he's in the combine. In the fall he's also taking back some 150 Angus bulls that he and his grandfather, Gayle, rent to farmers in a 150-mile radius. And, he's taking orders for the seed he sells.


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