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Re: 20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed.

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JD Seller

01-19-2014 16:57:19
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Big A: Farming is a fatal bug that has bitten many of us. There is no fun in it if your farming at a loss. Many feel like they "failed" and are ashamed or embarrassed by no longer farming. That is just emotions.

I bet that your Dad felt relief from the long hours and no money. We tend to remember the good and forget the bad.

I hope that my sons being involved in farming is not a mistake. The farm picture is changing rapidly and none of us know where it will fall out but there will be change.

If I had to try to start over today it would not happen. The profit margins are too small for the return on investment. You pretty much have to be born into a farm or marry it. Th capitol needs are just too great for a person to start from scratch anymore.

Your Father's "mark" on this world is YOU not some piece of land somewhere.

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LAA

01-19-2014 18:02:54
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 Re: 20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed. in reply to JD Seller, 01-19-2014 16:57:19  
You are right about no fun losing money farming, or any other enterprise for that matter, but a person can still get started on their own in agriculture but it takes a little ingenuity and they have to produce what the area they live in will sustain or else move to another area. Both of my sons have been able to buy and pay for land in the last 10 years, one with pecan orchard and cattle and the other with cattle and hay and custom work, they do both work off the farm but one day they may not have to if they so choose. Where we live if you have grass you can make money with a cow herd, it is a different dynamic than trying to feed bought in cattle and rents and land prices are much less than the mid-west. There are still many places in the US where a man can go and make it happen if he is willing to make a change, looking back on life I am glad I was born and raised in an area where it was root hog or die.

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 Re: 20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed. in reply to JD Seller, 01-19-2014 16:57:19  
Dad struggled with it for years His quitting farming. Dad was a salesman he made a good living doing construction work with his farm trucks and equipment. He rarely looked at work He did not get. I always told Him that he was so use to working for nothing that anything He made was profit.
Ron



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