Jake Ledoux

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

6-10

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Hello!

I graduated this past May from Cornell with a degree from the Ag school. I grew up on a diversified livestock operation in Northern, NY where we focus on high value products and direct marketing.

I interned for a summer on a large scale organic grain operation and really took a lot away from the experience. I was involved with all aspects of the operation and learned from many mentors.

Fast forward to 2018, I graduated from college and purchased my farm from a family friend. As we had been renting the ground from him I am able to certify it organic for 2019. It only has roughly 70 tillable acres so I am limited on land at the moment. My goal is to expand the farming operation through long term leasing and potential purchasing of land that can be certified organic. I am obsessed with doing the best job possible on the land and am in the process or pursing my CCA (certified crop advisor) certification. I have a buyer for all the organic grain I can grow. I am more than willing to travel for land and can move equipment as necessary. I am looking for long terms leases and will pay a fair price to the land owner. I rely on soil samples and science to add value to the land and prevent soil erosion, nutrient draining and weed pressure.

I realize I may be younger than many producers looking for more land but I have been involved in the industry and running my own small business for a decade and am committed to farming full time in the future. I will gladly travel for all justifiable acreages. 

I was part of a Ram Trucks Commerical series that descbires my passion for agriculture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdwnKcKOE4s&t=33s

Description of marketing method:

I have a buyer for all the organic grain I can grow. This relationship came from my internship at the large organic grain farm.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Central
    • Cayuga
    • Chenango
    • Cortland
    • Herkimer
    • Madison
    • Oneida
    • Onondaga
    • Oswego
    • Otsego
  • Eastern
    • Albany
    • Fulton
    • Montgomery
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Schenectady
    • Schoharie
    • Washington
  • Northeast
    • Clinton
    • Essex
    • Franklin
    • Hamilton
    • Warren
  • Northern
    • Jefferson
    • Lewis
    • Saint Lawrence
  • Southeast
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester
  • Southern
    • Broome
    • Chemung
    • Schuyler
    • Tioga
    • Tompkins
  • Southwest
    • Allegany
    • Cattaraugus
    • Chautauqua
    • Steuben
  • Western
    • Erie
    • Genesee
    • Livingston
    • Monroe
    • Niagara
    • Ontario
    • Orleans
    • Seneca
    • Wayne
    • Wyoming
    • Yates

Desired acreage:

51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Electrical Access

Description of infrastructure:

I will house my equipment at the home farm in the off season, All I would need access to is electric and a shop space if available for fixing equipment as it arises. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Grains

Description of livestock/crops:

 I am looking to produce organic corn, soybeans, and wheat in a sustainable crop rotation. With cover crops put in for the winter months.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

As getting and maintaining an organic certification is a long term investment I am looking for land that can be leased long term and with the potential to purchase.

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, Farm owner, On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

Cornell University BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with focuses in Crop Production and Management, Business Management and International Development.

FFA State Officer 2013-2014

Summer internship at a few thousand-acre organic grain farm.    

10 years at the Adirondack Beef Company (my family farm) handling livestock and forage production.

Owner/Operator of Empire Precision Agriculture, a GPS guided soil sampling service.  

Owner/Operator of That Farm on the River a 143 (70 tillable) acre diversified crop and livestock farm.