How Do I Become a Farmer?
We get dozens of applications each week, but we’re only looking for the best! Agriculture is hard work and we drastically need farmers who can produce a quality product. Are you up to the challenge? Find out below!
Fill out the “New Partner Farmer Application"" in the form at the bottom of this page. After we receive new applications each week we review and decide on who to go forward with as a team. If you don’t hear back from us then either we haven’t been able to get to your application yet, or we may not feel that you are a good fit at this time. If we do get back to you then you’ll move onto Step 2.
In the mean time make sure to check out the “How to Farm Crickets” YouTube series to get a headstart here:
Next, all prospective farmers are required to take the “How to Farm Crickets” class at one of our facilities in Montana. This class will teach you all of the basics to farm crickets and run your own cricket farm for human consumption. We will talk about theory, lifecycle, processing, and expectations. You will also get your hands dirty with hands-on training on how to farm crickets.
Check out this video of what to expect in the 'hands on “How to Farm Crickets” class:
Create a company. Most farmers in the Network of Partner Farmers choose to form an LLC because it is the most flexible, but a corporation will work fine as well. Cowboy Cricket Farms only completes contracts with businesses, not people, so you must have a company formed. This also reduces your personal risk.
Learn about why and how to set up an LLC through the video below:
We want to make sure that your company is successful. This is why liability insurance is a requirement for all farmers. Additionally, you can find property and crop insurance as well.
At a minimum, each farmer must maintain liability insurance of $1,000,000 or the amount of gross revenues that the company will have in one year (whichever is higher). For more information check out the Cowboy Crickets YouTube video on insurance below:
Find a location. Each cricket farmer needs a farm! Make sure that you find one that’s safe, sanitary, and can maintain the correct environment. We will do an inspection of the facility before you are contracted.
Get a water test. Since Cowboy Cricket Farms supplies the feed, the biggest local variable is a safe water supply. These tests can normally be completed by your local municipality or a water testing agency and cost between $30-50 on average. We keep to EPA water standards at a minimum, but your state may have higher standards.
Contract and get your crickets! The time has come, you’re ready. It’s time to sign the contract, get your crickets, and get to work! Agriculture is a lot of work, but we will be with you every step of the way to do everything that we can do help you succeed. Good luck and see you on the chirp!
Want to see the full checklist check here:
Check out the contract here:
WAITTTTTT! There’s one more thing!
Having a plan is essential! Really, this is something that you should have done from the start, but don’t worry, we’ve got you. Every business should have a business plan. We made this one below as a baseline, but please feel free to modify it or scrap the whole thing.