Fact of the matter is, most farmers have made a decent return on investment the past few years. So if you just happened to have jumped into the profession in the last few years, and you did so without accumulating debt, you "got rich". But we all know you don't get in the business without some debt. And you surely didn't get in on a big scale, and in a short period of time, without debt. That has a way of being overlooked by critics when we have a good income year. Then there's those of us who've been at it for several decades. We've stayed at it, just treading water, through some pretty lean years in order to get to this period of time where there is money to be made.
Long story short, there aren't many business' where you risk so much for what averages over time to often be such a relatively small return. Look at what it cost's to put a crop in the ground. Look at equipment cost. Look at what land is going for. I've talked with businessmen in other professions that could not believe the low return on investment that it takes for the average farmer to say he had a good year. Some farmers have millions on the line each year. We deserve to make a decent income considering what we risk.
And where were those critics of what we're making now when the 80's had it's hands wrapped around our throats. Makes you want to wrap your hands around THEIR throats.