Do you really need that farm machinery?

Much has been said and proven over the past years about organic food. According to experts and consumers alike, it is the healthier choice because organic farming doesn’t use harmful fertilization processes, thus having a better effect not just on the body, but on the environment too. Organic food has lesser chemicals, preservatives, and even tastes better than the non-organic variety.

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With all the good things said about organic food, what’s the catch? Why isn’t everyone eating organic?

The real deal, apparently, doesn’t concern itself with the question, “is it good for me?” It’s all about “will I be able to afford it?” The organic way of living is more costly as compared to supporting commercially produced, non-organic lifestyle and products. However, there are definitely ways to go organic without going broke, as listed below:

Tip 1. Don’t be overwhelmed by the price tag. Compared to non-organic choices, organic produce is more expensive, that’s a given. However, among all the organic choices in the market today, you can look for the most affordable one, and just turn a blind eye on the price difference between that and the conventional products in the market.

Tip 2. Know the must-buys. Did you know that some foods are less contaminated than others? To save some money, just choose organic produce for items that usually have more pesticides in them. This is a nice step especially if you’re just starting out with organic eating. Also, go organic for items that you regularly consume, such as milk, peanut butter, potatoes, apples, and whatever it is in your list.

Tip 3. Find the best place to score the best deals. Did you know that sometimes specialty stores’ pricing is higher than the grocery’s or supermarket’s pricing? Another place to purchase organic food is at the local farmer’s market. This doesn’t guarantee rock-bottom price rates, but the best thing about going to the farmer’s market is the possibility of meeting a supplier who can give you discounts for regular purchases.

Tip 4. Pay attention to sales, free coupons, and seasons. Discounts and couponing can help save up money. It’s also best to know fruits or harvests that are in season so that you can plan your purchase, and avoid paying hefty prices for them when they aren’t in season.

Tip 5. Grow your own. Utilize your porch or have a section in your backyard and create your own garden. Not much of a green thumb? Research how to take care of plants, and start off with low maintenance plants. Some of the plants that you can grow are tomatoes, chilis, avocados, and herbs like basil, celery, dill, among others. There’s no better way than being able to get what you need, when you need it, without spending a dime.

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As a farm and agricultural sales person, I, Bennett J. Kireker, have immersed myself into organic living. In fact, I personally supply organic vegetables to local restaurants all over California. For more about my lifestyle, and other related topics, follow my Twitter account.

Landing a Job As An Agricultural Sales Professional

How did your food land in your kitchen or fridge? Many people are not aware of how agriculture is a staple industry. I work as an agricultural sales professional, and I can attest to how my job brings more than just food to my table.

We agricultural sales professionals help the industry by selling products related to crop and food production, while serving as representatives of different companies. We work with diverse individuals—from farmers, CEOs, resellers, and customers. Our work varies, depending on the need. Some of us sell farm equipment, fertilizers and seeds, and produce. Many agricultural sales professionals do not hold a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness or agriculture, but those who have it are at an advantage. The industry is looking for people who have technical knowledge, communication skills, and organization skills. Because we sell products, agriculture sales professionals also need to learn the art of persuasion.

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As for the pay, it’s not bad at all. I can pay for my daily necessities, and I also have money to spare for the rainy days. Aside from gaining meaningful work experience (which, I hope to use in the future), my work gives me access to professional certifications and other career-related advancements.

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Curious of how it’s like to be an agriculture sales professional? I’m Bennett J. Kireker, a New York-based agriculture sales pro. Learn more about my job when you follow me on Twitter.