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Re: Seven Jobs In Danger Of Disappearing Forever

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mkirsch

10-02-2013 07:19:08
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Why does everyone think that the only way to survive is to constantly EXPAND?

The problem is there is only so much land. When one farmer expands, another has to get smaller.

Now where there were two farmers there are only one.

It's part and parcel to the problem.

There's something wrong with the business model if the only way to stay in business is to keep expanding your operation. If more people just carved out a manageable niche for themselves and their family, and stuck with it, we wouldn't have these mega-farms. Heck, we wouldn't have inflation.

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Massey farmer

10-02-2013 18:28:48
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 Re: Seven Jobs In Danger Of Disappearing Forever in reply to mkirsch, 10-02-2013 07:19:08  
I couldn"t agree with you more. You don"t have to, in my little town 5 different small dairys have started up in the last 10 years with less than 60 cows each and are doing fine with no intent to go big guns. And the best part is, we own the mailbox at the end of our driveways.



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Edd in KY

10-02-2013 15:39:06
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 Re: Seven Jobs In Danger Of Disappearing Forever in reply to mkirsch, 10-02-2013 07:19:08  
Nobody forces the farmer to expand. If he does so it it is because the economy or changing business financials or peer pressure brought it about.

Wall Street forces publicly traded compamies to expand because WS assigns little or no value to stable businesses or low growth companies that make a realistic return on investment year after year.

I know lots of very profitable, very stable, very wealthy business man that do not expand. They run their business to make a living and a profit and they don't give two hoots how Wall Street values it because they have no intension of selling it.

So if you are getting pressure to expand your farming operation, maybe you have been listening at the coffee shop, instead to the radio on the tractor.

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dhermesc

10-02-2013 07:46:42
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 Re: Seven Jobs In Danger Of Disappearing Forever in reply to mkirsch, 10-02-2013 07:19:08  
Because margins are going to keep getting thinner. A million in sales sounds good until you realize your net is only $50,000.


And it is the nature of farming. 100 years ago a farmer in Kansas made a good living on 160 acres and could get by on 80 acres. My father raised a family of 12 with the earnings from 800 - 1200 acres. Today my BIL farms 800 acres while working a full time job as a teacher.

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