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  •  My grandfather farmed in upstate NY (6+ / 0-)

    Practically his last words to me were to not go into farming.

    He had a dairy herd, chickens, as well as growing corn, wheat, and forage crops. I can barely remember when there were still a couple of horses in the barn. There was a small apple orchard, but that was more for family needs than a cash crop.

    Dairy farming is just crazy - I've seen news stories about how hard it is to keep going. The prices farmers get for their milk are just too low. That's why some of them are going into cheese production - trying to turn it into something they can have a higher margin on.

    One of the other things driving people out of the farming business is the cost of the machinery needed to carry it out, and the size of the farms needed to justify that expense. And then you have the energy costs associated with running all that equipment...

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 02:45:15 PM PDT

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