Buying The Farm
Tue Feb 19, 2013 01:11 PM CST

I’ve been on the farm all my life,” says 35-year-old Donovan Braun, who runs beef and feeder cattle on some 3,000 acres in south-central North Dakota, near Bismarck.

Right out of school, Braun, who grew up farming alongside his parents and grandparents, bought a few head of cattle, rented pasture for them and worked for other farmers to earn income. Gradually, he built up his own operation, and when his grandfather wanted out of the business, Braun wanted to buy his land—960 acres.

“My grandfather wanted what it was worth,” says Braun, who went ...

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