It’s Time For A New Agriculture Policy

Once again farmers across America are facing ruin. They are encouraged to grow crops at high cost and little profit and the only people that actually make any money are the bankers, seed companies and the fertilizer companies. Farmers are a pawn in global economics that allow countries to control others by threat of famine.

Farmers live and die at the whim of trade deals. They are the shock absorber for men in suits that care only about numbers. As go the farmers, so goes the nation. A nation cannot survive without its farmers if it wishes to remain a developed nation.
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-Murray

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8 Responses to It’s Time For A New Agriculture Policy

  1. redbear762 says:

    We need to change farm policy away from what is more or less central planning that favors big agriculture and focused back to the family farm.

  2. pigpen51 says:

    In the 1970’s we were paying .99 cents per gallon of milk. Right now, at Walmart, milk is 1.30$ a gallon. I don’t know how they expect a farmer to make any money at that price. Diesel for his tractor and electricity for the milking machines must cost more than that.
    I have several friends who are dairy farmers. One I know milks 120 head of cows and the other only 30 or so. The other one is really big and I just don’t know how many they do. But It has to be just a burden that weighs heavy on the hearts of those of them whose families are all dependent on those milk checks.
    I blame the federal government for paying the large farms and encouraging the planning just like redbear762 said. Maybe it resulted in more efficient usage of farmland, with more food grown on less land, but at what cost? I remember the family farm auctions of the 70’s and 80’s. That was as horrible of a time in our history as just about any other, save for a few.

  3. BLACK says:

    as a small dairy farmer we are getting FUCKED over. this idiot orange man , this deal with canada,slits our throats yet again. we know who is hiring the illegals., it is th emega hedge farms, anyone milking 300 cows or more is using illegal labor. that is a fact. i am bitter and pissed, what i have seen happen to my family.60 years of milking cows .what he has done to grain commodities, is the icing on the cake,,,we’re quitting , breeding out to a few beef calves.dumping some land to pay some bills..
    local friends , that know what we have suffered through. defend that stupid orange fucker. he snatches defeat every time. hope all his ardent supporters loose their heads along withe leftist.

    we’re done with this bull shit. fuck the state and the new york swamp.

    • tomrdcinc says:

      Heart breaking …….really. I come from generations of Iowa farmers. Land sold years ago to the large companies. Old family farm houses are gone. Torn down because they were taking up crop land. A lot of that old heritage is fading out and its sad. Even if you are a city folk…….its all of us.

  4. H says:

    The grain markets are controlled by maybe 15 or 20 guys on the Chicago Board of trade who set the prices. Let that sink in for a while.

    The author has some good points but it’s clear to me, having spent a lifetime messing with the kind of stuff he talks about, that he’s plenty ignorant about history and the economics of the grain industry. For example, the government storage programs the author suggests used to exist. Back in the 70’s, farmers were paid to store grain and for a while the PIK Program (payment in kind) was paying them not to farm. That is to say, they got paid for not growing the amount of grain they otherwise would have.

    Then he talks about building large grain storage facilities in the cities. With today’s transportation system utilizing 100-car unit trains, it would be just dumb to build large grain storage facilities in the cities like the author suggests when it’s so efficient to ship it in as needed. And that’s if bulk grain was needed in the cities, and that isn’t where it goes except for export. That’s because building processing plants in cities is more expensive and harder to permit, never mind many of those areas are hostile to noisy, dusty and unsightly processing plants.

    • pigpen51 says:

      H,
      Spot on commentary and obviously you have experience. I have seen only family farms, here in West Michigan, where most of the dairy farms are only milking between 100-300 cows. There are some very large ones, but I have no first hand experience with those, while I have been close friends with the smaller farmers. I was actually a deacon on a board at a Baptist church, with a friend who had a few hundred cows, and at most times was milking about 200 of them.
      They owned 600 acres and rented another 4 or 500 more. Their milk check each month was huge, but their bills were also huge. At times, after seeing some of the things that the feds made them do, it almost made me weep with their family. We were very close friends, and when the government made them do things like replace their entire slurry system, with a newer type of system, which was really the same thing, only with a different type of wooden slats on the floor, made from a composite plastic/wood, instead of the old hardwood that they had used, at great expense, and time spent, it really caused them a problem.
      One point that must be made is that when the government was paying farmers to not plant certain crops such as wheat, or corn, or soybeans, the people getting paid were a diverse lot. I can only remember one name, which is not fair, but there were many others just like him, and you can pretty much figure who they were, for the one that I remember as getting paid to not grow crops on his land was one Sam Donaldson. That’s right, the same Sam Donaldson who reported from the White House for the network news. The list included many other people of that sort, and I wish that I could remember some of the other ones. But I am sure that a determined person could find out who they were. Sam Donaldson never farmed that land, but because he owned enough of it, in the right area, he qualified to get paid not to plant wheat or corn, or what ever the crop was that year.

  5. Trib says:

    Don’t need any more govt influence. Farming is a honorable and great profession. But is a chosen job can’t handle it quit.

  6. anonymous says:

    Today, the family farm where nearly everything grown is consumed by the actual farmer is just about gone. Most places now grow a single crop at a time or raise cattle for beef or milk production. If it comes to famines, farmers will suffer just like the rest of us – in fact maybe worse as they will become a target of the unprepared.

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