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.
I recall working in the dairy business in Florida for a while. There was a beautiful, big farm that produced high quality milk and had about 3,000 head of milking cows, aside from the calves, bulls, and dry cows. They were offered money by a developer who wanted to subdivide it into horse ranches. The community wanted them to stay. They were a major employer and part of the local economy. This was way up rural Northern Florida, and they did not care for the yankification going on further South, and wanted no part of it. But they sold off the cattle, and eventually the land, and that was that.