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  1. Melancholy Bear

    Financial question - writing off expenses

    Has anyone starting a homestead created a farm business LLC in order to write off expenses, and pass through a loss to your personal income taxes? Is this a reasonable approach or is there a better way?
  2. Melancholy Bear

    Making wood chips for a future BTE garden

    We have a lob lolly pine forest that needs thinning. The trees range from 4 to 6 to 8-inches. Loggers are paying very low prices for pine pulp in our area currently, so it's not really worth selling the trees. I was wondering how difficult it would be to cut trees myself and convert them to wood...
  3. Melancholy Bear

    Dealing with deliveries (and a locked farm gate)

    How do you handle deliveries of large packages that won't fit in a standard mailbox when you have a locked farm gate at the road? I'm trying to think of solutions, particularly in wet weather.
  4. Melancholy Bear

    New to tractors

    Not yet, but I plan on getting one with a 10k towing capacity and bumper hitch
  5. Melancholy Bear

    New to tractors

    Very good points. I'll have to weigh the options. For a 50hp tractor, are you saying it'd be better to have a three-axle gooseneck type trailer? A truck I'm considering has a 10K towing capacity, but it is a bumper type hitch.
  6. Melancholy Bear

    Land Insurance question

    Okay, I will ask. I'm a little bit leary about asking if the umbrella would cover us, because I bet they would say no. Better to know now, I guess.
  7. Melancholy Bear

    Land Insurance question

    Yes, that's what they said.
  8. Melancholy Bear

    Land Insurance question

    I will post a sign, thanks.
  9. Melancholy Bear

    Land Insurance question

    Oh...okay, good to know. I already have an umbrella policy. I didn't realize that would cover someone getting hurt there. Thanks
  10. Melancholy Bear

    Land Insurance question

    I'm running into walls trying to get liability insurance on some almost-vacant land we purchased out-of-state. Agents either say we can't insure it because you don't live here (Farm Bureau) or we can't insure it because there's a metal building on it (USLI, Veracity). Does anyone have ideas of...
  11. Melancholy Bear

    New to tractors

    I will eventually be looking at buying my first tractor, likely used, 25-50 hp range. I'm reading the forum about what to look for and consider how I will be using it. Where do y'all suggest searching for used tractors? Dealer, tractor sites online, craigslist, auctions? All of the above or...
  12. Melancholy Bear

    Hello from Texas

    Been through there several times now. And down to GA, because my sis lives there.
  13. Melancholy Bear

    Hello from Texas

    I like TK. I also changed my profile to an alias, Melancholy Bear. I hope to make it to KY.
  14. Melancholy Bear

    Hello from Texas

    Understood, thanks. I've been disappointed how indifferent people in suburbia treat each other.
  15. Melancholy Bear

    Any ideas on security for remote land and metal building?

    Firstly, meeting the neighbors and sheriff. Possibly calling one of them. Or praying... Guess I could install a phone on the Ooma device and call the bandits and talk to them about what they're taking.
  16. Melancholy Bear

    Hello from Texas

    Hi everyone, I'm a suburban dwelling, city raised, middle-aged guy that knows I need to get away. I want to be prepared before the Urban Apocalypse. (I was inspired by Owen Benjamin, if you are familiar with his YouTube stream. Any bears in the house?) We just bought some rural land in Tennessee...
  17. Melancholy Bear

    Any ideas on security for remote land and metal building?

    Some great and hilarious ideas! I like the fake camera and signs idea. I think I am going to try this: an unlocked LTE wireless router (which I will need anyway once we move there) and a Freedompop free or low cost SIM to get me internet with bare minimum data; the VOIP phone service, called...
  18. Melancholy Bear

    Any ideas on security for remote land and metal building?

    Hi everyone, I wonder if anyone can help me with security ideas. We purchased some rural land to eventually build on. It's in another state, far from where we live currently. I'm trying to think of the best and least expensive methods of security or remote monitoring. The land has a metal...
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