Tom Van Alstine

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

10+

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Dairy farmer, looking to market milk right to consumers. Beef and dairy cow replacements

Description of marketing method:

We have a milk market already

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Central
    • Chenango
    • Cortland
    • Madison
    • Oneida
    • Onondaga
    • Oswego
    • Otsego

Desired acreage:

>100

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access, Fencing, Electrical Access

Description of infrastructure:

Tie stall barn. House for family. We a certified foster parents. We could just rent house and barn and buy feed

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Grains, Hay

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef, Cattle - Dairy, Equine, Pigs

Description of livestock/crops:

Dairy, some beef, 2 horses. Occasional pig. We do hay and corn. Have done hemp

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease

Description of tenure options desired:

Would like it to be a five year plan, but if markets fluctuate, might need to do something else

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

Experience description:

I'm a 4th generation farmer. 2 years of college. 35 yrs running a dairy.