Farmer Profile for Brandon Killian

Co-Applicant / Partner Name:

Brandon and Megan Killian

Experience

Are you currently farming?:

No

Are you interested in connecting with other farmers to explore collocation or collaborative farm ideas?:

Yes

Enterprises

What is the primary agricultural enterprise you are considering?:

Poultry

What other enterprises are you considering?:

Dairy (cows)
Goats
Hogs
Livestock
Pasture
Sheep

The Land

Total Acres Desired:

100.0

Organic:

Yes

Infrastructure

Farm Structures Needed:

Barn(s)
Greenhouses

Farmhouse Needed:

Yes

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure Arrangement Considered:

Lease with Option to Buy
Long-Term Lease
Owner-Financed Sale
Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assets)

Have you been qualified by a lending institution? (if applicable):

No

Business Plan/Goals

Do you have a business plan? Please write an informative description of your vision & goals for your farming future.:

My main goal is to start with Chickens I have raised chickens before but only as backyard farm animals. After leaving the military in 2012 my wife talked to me about pursuing this adventure but I was not 100% sure if that was something I wanted. After years of thought and raising my own animals, it was like a lightning bolt hit me and something woke up. I mainly want to raise pastured meat birds along with egg layers that are 100% hormone and vaccine free. I am looking for a farm that has many acres that are pasture acres that can be used by Chickens and other animals that will also be in the area. I do not plan on just stopping with Chickens I want to own several different animals from dairy and meat goats and cows. Might even think about a few dozen rabbits if the area is interested. I am not just looking at this as income but as a way of life for me and my 3 boys. As a Disabled Veteran, I have not been able to find that mission that I once felt I was on in the Army and I am looking for that in farming.