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Sammie    Posted 04-15-2002 at 15:08:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
and how did you become a farmer/rancher?

I was just watching a show called "Kansas" and was thinking about all of you here while I was watching the movie. "Not many people get to live like this" was from the movie. How true that is, even with all of the hard work and problems, from reading all of your posts, can't think of a one of you who would trade it for a penthouse!! You are a great bunch of people and I'm so glad to have found this board.


Larry    Posted 04-15-2002 at 22:48:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Like a lot of folks here I'm not a full time farmer,but wish it were possible. Dad got out of farming when I was real young (1964) and got a job in town. I always missed the farm and hung around the nieghbors looking for something to do on thier farms. Now I have a little land that I raise corn and pigs on. Been doing it for ten years now.


Mudcat49    Posted 04-15-2002 at 19:38:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well I ain't never been nuttin but a farmer! Tried selling a couple of times, sold tractors and then fertilizer but that was ag related. I have been up and down, rich and poor, and if it wasn't for Mrs Mudcat teaching and bringing in a regular paycheck we would gone on relief a couple of times (she is a Indiana farmers daughter and has a Ag degree!) I have to scrub the dirt out from under my fingernails every night and my hands will never look clean from the ground in dirt and grease. It is hot in the summer and cold in the winter.( I ain't got no cab tractor!) There is too much pesticide in my system. ( gotta die from something someday) I pay retail for everything I use on the farm and sell my products wholesale and I don't have a lot of say in what the prices are. Yes, maybe I am stupid to keep on farming. But boy oh boy am I happy!!!!


DJ    Posted 04-16-2002 at 05:43:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
About those pesticides.........

The other day the wind carried the smell up from the south. I called in my daughter and we stayed in the closed up house. I was upset that the farmer would apply his pesticides on a windy day.

Or maybe the winds just blowed his chemicals that were already applied?

I would like to know how often are they doing this in a year?


Mudcat49 !!!!!!    Posted 04-16-2002 at 06:17:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Everything that is applyed is not harmful! %$#%$% liberals make it sound like farmers are polluting the world!!! We are the best stewards of the land and we don't use anything stronger than we have too! WHEN YOU GRIPE ABOUT THE FARMER, DON'T TALK WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL!!!!!!


DJ    Posted 04-16-2002 at 14:49:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wasn't griping, I plead ignorance.

I ask you a question and you screamed at me.

You have displaced anger and took it out on me.

You can take your farm and cram it up your a double ss.

I will never speak to you again.

Got it?


LazyHorse    Posted 04-15-2002 at 18:36:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like the other's I am not a real farmer, just have a 20 acre hobby farm for my horses, Llama, and goats. I've worked on or around farms my whole life, and love the country life after retiring from the police force 3 years ago. I will never go back to town living, but unfortunately the towns and subdivisions seem to be growing towards us more each day.


DJ    Posted 04-15-2002 at 16:19:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am not a farmer rancher either but I could have been. I'm mid fourties now and not able to do it so I settled for a few acres in an ag area to have and enjoy the farming likestyle. I could never claim to have it as hard as the farmer or rancher. They have my admiration and respect.

I am closer to them out here and I would hope to be of some help along the way.

I earn my sleep time, and I sleep real well these days. I wouldn't want to ever leave here. I think I'd rather die first.


Dennis/Ran away from the people    Posted 04-15-2002 at 15:57:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am not a "REAL FARMER" but I am here in the country trying to FARM because I finally got sick of people and companies not taking responsibility
for their actions.

The first thing I hear in the country when I meet someone in business is "If we make a mistake or you are mot happy with our service we will make it right"

In the city it's "sue me" or if you don't pay me for work I didn't do or did badly I'll Lein your property"

I just got sick and tired of being sick and tired. We ran our business with the customer always right policy and were proud to do so and would do it again.

Sorry for the long post, I finally had to vent.
Dennis




Well, I ain't    Posted 04-15-2002 at 15:20:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
not really. I just play at it.

My people have been farmers for as far back as there are records. Both of my Granpa's made their living at it. My Dad inherited the place, but had to work a full time job to keep it. Our place wasn't big enough to support one farmer, let alone two, so all of us kids (6 of us) wandered off to do other things.

Now, my oldest brother (retired Civil Engineer) has 40 acres and keeps a few steers, and I (retired Navy) have 25 acres and keep a few sheep. And from all signs, that's the end of farming in our family. When we're gone, it's all done. And that's a damned shame.


F14...Oops    Posted 04-15-2002 at 15:23:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fergot to sign my name to that...


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