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Mon Oct 20, 2014 08:52 AM CDT

Farming was not a likely path for Nathan Vergin, a 26-year-old dairy producer in Albemarle County, Va. His father worked in information technology in Minnesota. The family owned a few acres, and Vergin enjoyed working with the family's handful of animals. But it was a paying farm job that propelled him into a career. "When I worked full time at a sheep dairy, I realized farming was what I wanted to do," he said.

Today, Vergin manages a herd of 40 dairy cows.

He has 200 consumer-customers who have invested in his ...

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