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First comprehensive site for farmers to find commodity news, forecasts, futures prices and other important industry information

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This story appears in the September 2000 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

One of the first things that 90,000 of America's farmers do every morning--after milking the cows, of course--is log on to Ted Farnsworth's Web site, Farmbid.com. Launched last year, Farmbid.com is the first comprehensive site where farmers can find commodity news, forecasts, futures prices, information about herbs, the latest jokes, as well as access to 20,000 products.

The site's main attraction, though, is its auctions, which allow busy farmers to bid on equipment, tools, chemicals, seeds, veterinary drugs and even baby piglets without ever leaving the homestead. Before long, farmers also will be able to learn about the latest legislation, research sources of disaster relief, and discover whether a vendor has an item in stock and how quickly it can be delivered.

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