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Growing wealthy on the farm
Washington Post, by Editorial

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Posted By:StormCnter, 2/20/2013 4:46:21 AM

IN ADDITION to a great football game, this year’s Super Bowl audience witnessed a memorable paean to the hardworking American farmer: a Dodge commercial featuring the recorded gravelly tones of the late Paul Harvey. Farm-state politicians were quick to exploit it: Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) told reporters he “hope[s] the people of America will wake up and appreciate the family farmers of America.” Actually, farming no longer resembles the hardscrabble family enterprise of so much mawkish marketing. Much of it is dominated by large operators supplying not only the U.S. dinner table but also far-flung export markets.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: rollingcow, 2/20/2013 6:17:01 AM     (No. 9186116)

Huh. Living here in farm country I´m wondering where all the rich farmers are. We still have a good number of family farms in Iowa and while there are a few who have money, most still work damned hard for a living with their wives going off to work so they have health insurance. Guess he didn´t do much research around here.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: slab, 2/20/2013 6:59:34 AM     (No. 9186193)

Whoever wrote this is a clueless metrosexual who likely has never been near a cow or a cornstalk, and certainly didn´t do any research.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Trigger2, 2/20/2013 7:15:13 AM     (No. 9186221)

This is the WaPo. Since when do they research anything. They read a regressive blog and turn it into a news article.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Objectivity, 2/20/2013 8:52:13 AM     (No. 9186412)

Washington Post editorial board = utterly clueless. Must be the impact of the Hilary Rosin appointment just announced .....

No shame, embarassment, professionalism, ....

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Felixcat, 2/20/2013 9:38:17 AM     (No. 9186519)

I think we can all agree that there are very wealkhy large farms and they are the traditional small farms who probaly aren´t rolling in cash. And it´s not the decade of the Dust Bowl either.

I live in a "farm friendly" county in Virginia and folks appear to be doing well. BTW - we all have read the stories of the very wealthy corn for ethanol farmers out there.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: marthaville, 2/20/2013 3:29:51 PM     (No. 9187254)

There are still a lot of small farmers, some that may farm 1,000 acres or more, a lot that farm fewer acres. Many of the farmers rent their land, some cash and more sharecropping. The impressions seems to be that most farming is done by huge corporate farms, but that is not the case in the region of the South where I live. A couple of years of higher prices will not always offset the lean years, particularly if the farmer has debt on his land.

The editorial board of the Post no doubt has extensive experience in farming. Or at least they can read reports claiming the big corporations dominate farming. Have you priced a large tractor, combine or cotton picker lately? Most on the editorial board would not know a cultivator from a module builder.

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