Cash strapped farmers....

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Mahonri, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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  2. Scoop

    Scoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2009
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    Lots of them already hurting in this area...
     
  3. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    Others predict the opposite effect, pushing money from the private market to the exchanges and creating more competition that will benefit farmers

    Everybody is afraid of change. Even more so when there are nay-sayers out there pushing fear.
    Farmers have been cash-strapped for as long as I can remember. Maybe it's time to overhaul the way farming is financed so the banks aren't reaping all the profits.

    3 words: GRASS FED BEEF
    Stop worrying about the price of corn, and do what is healthy for the animals!​
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    So far, the hopey changy thing isn't happening for me....
     
  5. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can someone explain this in plain english
     
  6. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    I'm not sure exactly how far the "plight" goes back, but it seems like farmers have been struggling since at least the Dust Bowl. THIS ISN'T NEW. Maybe we should have a talk with the people that encourage the use of fossil fuels, and get them OUT of farming all together.

    This pretty much says it all:
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  7. Goose and Fig

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    Apparently not all chicken people want to know where their food comes from.
     
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  8. smileybritches

    smileybritches Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think most chicken people know where their food comes from, I just don't know if this discussion could take place without politics playing a part and we have all seen how those threads end. [​IMG]
     
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  10. herfrds

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    When first homesteading it was with 160 acres to try and make a living. Nowadays a family of 4 needs at least 3000 acres to try to make a living.

    As for the bust in the 80's there were several factors there. ARM were a big factor. Family almost lost our place due to that.
    Export market was suddenly cut. So many different things. I'm not pointing a finger so no politics here.

    yes I have people say to me that as farmers we are rich. Land rich, cash poor is a better description. My MIL would get these people by telling them she would pay them with a bucket of dirt since it was $300 an acre crop land dirt.

    Have one friend who always complains about "rich" farmers in her area, but we always wonder if she really knows the truth.

    75% of our income goes back into our farm. Equipment, seed, insurance (a must have in case of hail), repairs, fuel, oil, spraying, harvesting the crop, repairs etc. I can go on forever.
    then we get $3.00 a bushel for our wheat crop.
    One bushel makes 73 loaves of bread. we're not making a lot on that that.

    For some guys to break even and to make some money to pay off the debt owed to the bank wheat needs to be at $10 a bushel.

    for us personally speaking. A newer used combine. Replace a grain bin that is going down hill. A used grain vac.
    Aw the stuff dreams are made of.

    JMHO
     

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