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Tough years of farmin- gettin the best of me

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Posted by The last Generation Farme on August 20, 2003 at 20:24:09 from (

My family has roots in farmin since importation from germany- I'm 32, and after 3 rough years of no rain in july and august, I'm depressed. No where else in the world do you have to put in all the sweat, all your savings, moral obligations, then depend on the weather, and to top it off only get paid what chicago board of trade pays you. Its a thankless job, consumers think your killin the enviroment, the money sucks, inputs go up and up, family life is hectic. Try explaining to the family that when the weather is at its best you have work to do, year after year. People are knockin the door off at the landlords to buy their ground to build houses where I farm, Young peolple can't buy because of the inflated value of property. There is absouletly no one my age going into farming so I guess in 20-25 years all that will be left is either mega-farms or little 5 acre tracts with a house. Either the USA will import food like it does oil or pay the big bucks to the mega farm who will control the price. Next time you see a young farmer(or any farmer as that goes) thank him for doin his job. And never think he's got it made- because he don't, Try steppin into their shoes.

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