We’ve been trying to save the family farm for 50 years, have we gotten any closer?
Somehow, family farms have survived, despite being helped to death.
Having grown up in a farming region...I’ll point out three things which most folks don’t grasp. First, farm families have kids who make a decision not to farm (either the risks, the lack of adventure, or just the plain vanilla nature of it)...but the kids make this decision and the family farm comes to an eventual end.
Second, after you’ve messed around with banks continually for thirty years and seen just about every trick in the book...most guys who are farmers...won’t say alot positive about the continual problems in keeping a farm above water with bank credit.
Third and final...when some guy comes up and offers you a fair amount of cash for your acreage on the main highway...to build houses...most guys are going to listen to the offer. They might still turn it down, but the idea of selling ten percent of their farm to make enough to pay off all bank loans...appeals to folks.