Keep Your Family Farm Going Strong with a Metal Barn

By Carport Central   |   Posted In: Barns

Keep Your Family Farm Going Strong with a Metal Barn


Local Farming in America

Farming has grown and developed quite a bit since domesticated agriculture was first introduced thousands of years ago. In Western society, fewer and fewer of us are actually growing our own food these days. If you ate today, you likely have a farmer to thank! And where some things have changed across the landscape of American agriculture, others have remained the same. Out of the over 2 million farms in the United States, 97% are still family-owned! There are still competitive advantages to owning a family farm that’s passed down from generation to generation. Nobody knows a particular piece of land better than a local farmer, and years of experience have taught these farmers how best to help their land produce the food we all need!

The Challenge of Mega Farms

So, what’s the biggest challenge to family-owned farms in America? Sadly, it’s that other 3%. U.S. agriculture has come to be dominated by large and ultra-large farm conglomerates. These large agricultural corporations have the advantages of being able to focus on just one crop, and of being better equipped for dealing with the roller coaster of food price volatility. In the face of this growing challenge, it’s becoming harder and harder for local farmers to keep their farms going in an economically sustainable fashion.

As consumers, what can we do to help? For one thing, remind yourself of this fact – without farmers, there is no food. Rather than just buying all your food at bottom dollar from large agricultural corporations who ship their products from all over, choose to be more intentional about supporting your local farms. Shop at local farmers’ markets, buy local, and eat local as much as you can! Your food will be fresher, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping your closest farming neighbors in the process.

Metal Barns Provide Shelter for Local Farms

But what if you happen to be one of those local farmers yourself? What can you do to help protect your family farming legacy? We don’t presume to have all the answers, but one important strategy is to make wise investments in equipment and other materials that will support your farming efforts. You also want to make sure you’re taking the right steps to protect those investments in the process!

How can you protect your precious investments? Start by choosing the right kind of barn or farm building to serve your needs. Wooden barns have been around for generations, but they really don’t offer the best return on your investment. Wood buildings need regular maintenance and attention, and require time and effort that would be better spent on working your farm itself.

A steel barn or metal barn building is really better for a number of reasons. These structures simply aren’t prone to the same wear and tear. They’re also easier to clean, and need less maintenance than pole barns or other wooden buildings. Galvanized steel doesn’t rot, warp, or crack, and it provides better protection from weather threats like rain, snow, wind, and lightning. It’s also inflammable, so steel offers better fire protection as well. And what about termites and other pests? They’re no threat to steel, and steel is a poor host for mold or mildew, too. Beyond this, metal buildings also carry the advantage of being simpler to expand or adapt as your needs may change in the future. When you really stop to consider all the features of steel as a building material, there’s really no reason to ever go back to wood! 

Steel Building Applications for Your Farm

There honestly aren’t many better investments you can make for your farm than with a rugged steel barn or other outdoor facility. Here are just some of the ways a local farmer can take advantage of owning a steel structure:

  • Safe shelter for protecting tractors, vehicles, and other equipment
  • Dry storage for everything from feed to seed to crops
  • Horse barns & hay barns
  • Livestock breeding & poultry incubation
  • Production of milk, eggs, or other farm products
  • Carport or garage for your personal vehicles
  • Office space, workshop space, staff quarters, even a finished barndominium!

The Best Metal Farm Buildings Come from Carport Central!

At Carport Central, we really do appreciate our local farmers. That’s why we’re here, not just to sell you a metal building, but to Provide Shelter for Your Way of Life! If it’s a custom metal structure you need, we can help you to make it happen!

  • We’re one of the top online metal structure providers in the continental U.S., serving 46 states
  • We have extensive experience working with local farmers & agricultural businesses
  • Our 3D Building Designer is a simple, powerful tool you can use to design your OWN ideal metal building, from any computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • Delivery & installation of your custom building is INCLUDED with purchase, at no extra charge!
  • We offer the best financing, rent-to-own, and layaway options in the business; we can help you afford the metal building you need!
  • Nobody beats our personalized customer experience and customer service!

Reach out to us online, or just give us a call at (980) 321-9898 today! Our friendly and knowledgeable farm building specialists are here for you, and we’re ready to show you the Carport Central difference!


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