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by Sarah Brombaugh
Today's prices are driving farmers out of business. A bushel of soybeans on today's market
(10/18/99), will reap $4.56 per bushel and a bushel of corn will bring in $1.73. These
prices are well below the cost of production. In 1972, when we first started farming,
prices were only a little below these. What occupation do you know of that still receives
the same wages received in 1972?
Combines, (for those of you that don't know what this is...is the equipment used to harvest
crops), cost over $120,000.00. New tractors can cost as much and sometimes even more than a
How many products sold in the world today has someone else setting the price the producer
receives for it? A farmer can not say I want $2.50 per bushel for corn, as that is what it
cost me to raise it. Someone else sets a price, and there's nothing a farmer can do about
it. Someone else controls their destiny. No matter how hard they work, someone else
controls the life of a farmer.
Farming is not an easy job. Fighting the weather is a constant situation. Either it's too
dry, too wet, too cold, too hot, too windy, not windy enough. Every aspect of the weather
affects farming. Fields can be destroyed by grasshoppers or red spider mites. Weeds can
become out of control and drastically reduce yields.
Farming is a HUGE gamble and even if farmers work as hard as they can, are as honest as
they can be, their lives are controlled by others. Their livelihood is in jeopardy
Farming is a 'labor of love' for most farmers. Why else would they be doing this for the
prices they are getting in today's market?
Some day soon, it will be too late to save the Family Farm.
Wake up America!! The Family Farm is about to go. When this does happen, big corporations
will ask whatever price they need for crops to make a profit. This, in turn, will increase
your cost at the grocery store tremendously. By then it will be too late. The Family Farm
will have disappeared forever.
This comes from the Ag Journal, Billings, Montana: "At a recent ceremony at the White
House, Vice President and presidential candidate Al Gore let slip what many have long
believed was his real intention as regards to U.S. agriculture.
"While presenting a national award to a Colorado FFA member, Gore asked the student what
his/her life plans were. Upon hearing that the FFA member wanted to continue on in
production agriculture, Gore reportedly replied that the young person should develop other
plans because our production agriculture is being shifted out of the U.S. to the Third
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