Dillon Guzzle

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Young professional in the grain industry looking to partner with and learn from an existing farmer. I don't have a farming background, I have a lot to learn in terms of agronomy and farm management, but I bring an understanding of the grain futures market, price risk management, and grain delivery logistics that I believe will add immediate value while I learn the rest. Open to multiple farming practices, most interested in no till crop rotation

Description of marketing method:

I am a commercial grain merchandiser and have access to the most complete price data available in the region - from local destination market understanding to transportation cost to macroeconomic data driving national price movement, I am very familiar with grain marketing. Would ultimately be most interested in maintaining a majority of production expectations worth of bin space, in order to capture carry in both the futures and basis markets

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Finger Lakes
    • Cayuga
    • Livingston
    • Monroe
    • Ontario
    • Seneca
    • Schuyler
    • Tompkins
    • Wayne
    • Yates

Desired acreage:

21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of infrastructure:

I do not currently own any infrastructure, due to student loans from paying for my education I will likely be unable to purchase equipment for a few years, another reason I'm interested in a partnership

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Grains, Hay, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef

Description of livestock/crops:

With my understanding and involvement in the grain market I'm most interested in grain farming, but am also open to beef production. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Partnership

Description of tenure options desired:

Most interested in a partnership in order to learn the production side of farming, open to leases that would include all necessary equipment

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Other

Experience description:

Financial education, entered agriculture industry though a grain merchandising position. Gained a love for farming, crop marketing, and risk management in that time, and know I want to have a farming operation of my own one day. Unfortunately I didn't grow up on a farm so I don't have the easiest path ahead of me, but my market understanding should add enough value in a partnership to make the time spent helping me understand crop production worth it.