Explore the Future of Rural Business

We’re excited here at Rural System about all the new possibilities for the future of rural business! The modern farmer is breaking the mold with higher education and new technology- not to mention our farmer 10.0 could be a lady.

farmer 1.0 vs 10.0

Here’s what you need to know about the future of rural business in 2014: [Read more…]

What Does Rural System Offer the Landowner?

375_628602523403_1118_nPut simply, the proposed Rural System provides a prescription for generating profit from lands and waters and from the services and means for implementing it.

Many rural landowners, especially those who do not live on site, lack consistent or substantial profits from their land. Increasingly, landownership is becoming a commodity much like car ownership which consumes more money than it returns. Rural system offers options for improved income and reduced costs on rural land which in turn means a likelihood of increased resale value. We also recommend diverse profitable activities to weather changing market demand or market value in any one venture. Essentially, Rural System solves the problem of being unable to make a living from landownership. We believe all land is valuable and profitable when properly managed.

Rural System proposes to offer customers the following 3 tiers of service:

  1. A diverse list of profitable ventures for rural land including agricultural and nonagricultural activities for consideration. The list may account for local natural resources and markets and be specific to the county level only.
  2. A comprehensive assessment of the parcel of property with a full, custom report including the most suitable profitable ventures based on specific characteristics of the land.
  3. Long-term strategic management recommendations based on the assessment above for a sustainable profit margin projected for the length of ownership. [Read more…]

A Shining Example of the New Enterprise Environment

Joe's tree farm 2On Monday afternoon I went out to Joe’s Trees to cut down this year’s real Christmas tree. It was a rather quiet afternoon so I had a long enjoyable talk with the owner, Sue Bostic. In a previous post I mentioned that I’ve been coming to Joe’s Trees for over a decade. Sue still remembers the year that I was traveling to my childhood home for the holidays and hauled an 11 foot tree for 5 hours on the roof of my 1990 Toyota Camry! We talked about my recent article “Should You Buy a Real or Fake Christmas Tree” and how much she appreciated us sharing valuable, accurate information with the public about trees. “So many of our visitors come from cities and have no idea about the growth of a tree or the environmental value of tree farms. We hope to change that.” said Sue. She forwarded the article to Jeff Miller, Secretary of the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association and the National Christmas Tree Association who also enjoyed the post. It’s extra special to know that our posts are valuable to those could benefit from Rural System concepts and that we’re getting meaningful traffic on our blog. [Read more…]

Anticipating the 2014 Film Farmland

Farmland, a movie premiering this Spring, 2014, gives us a closer look at the young farmers who grow our food today. In our modern age, when most all our food comes from a supermarket, it’s increasingly important to put faces to the food we eat. At Rural System we are all too aware of the plight of farmers and of all rural people.

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Farmland: a 2014 film shedding light on the difficulties our young farmers face.

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Sampling in Alpha Units

alpha units

Alpha units, stretching across the enterprise environment.

As Our Wealth of Data and its Wasted Potential so eloquently put it, big data companies and research programs in our modern age have more data than they have the funds or time to analyze. For a price, all of this data could be available to Rural System, feeding directly into the prescriptive software of VNodal. [Read more…]