Comments on: What the family farm can teach America about surviving global change http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2012/06/27/what-the-family-farm-can-teach-america-about-surviving-global-change/ Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:34:09 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Rangeman http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2012/06/27/what-the-family-farm-can-teach-america-about-surviving-global-change/#comment-6095 Tue, 03 Jul 2012 17:18:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1682#comment-6095 As we speak, the majority of the west and mid-west are experiencing severe heat and drought. Most corn producers are concerned with even getting a crop this year. Farming and cattle production are a great way to live the entrepreneurial dream, but there will always be risks associated with this lifestyle. You can farm 10,000 acres and bank on mass production as your default, but if you don’t have the water,you have nothing. Global demand will not be the driving force for a farmers success in the future but the availability and proper use of water, will determine if a producer succeeds or fails.

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By: keebo http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2012/06/27/what-the-family-farm-can-teach-america-about-surviving-global-change/#comment-5916 Mon, 02 Jul 2012 18:36:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1682#comment-5916 Agreed.

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By: Greer http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2012/06/27/what-the-family-farm-can-teach-america-about-surviving-global-change/#comment-5397 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 13:03:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1682#comment-5397 A good read and has shifted somewhat my perspective on the American farm and farmer. I will have to read up on the “creative destruction” that the author talks about but clearly the American farmers were and are forward thinking and it’s all very relevant as it relates to technology, education and jobs.

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By: Greer http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2012/06/27/what-the-family-farm-can-teach-america-about-surviving-global-change/#comment-5388 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 12:23:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1682#comment-5388 Really an amazing article which has shifted my perspective on the family farm. I am going to have to learn more about the “creative destruction” as it relates to not only how farmers coped but how government was involved in actually moving forward and fixing a problem and how it might relate to the employment situation we face now. Thank you.

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By: hurrayforme http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2012/06/27/what-the-family-farm-can-teach-america-about-surviving-global-change/#comment-5250 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 16:55:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1682#comment-5250 I applaud your father’s success and am not surprised at all by you rising to the top of your field. While not as successful as you are, I credit my education and family farm youth for my success in the non-farming world. I grant that, yes, some farmers with a large amount of acerage are enjoying some prosperity, however, this does not represent your typical family farm and corporate independence. I do not want your readers to be misled. From my perspective in Nebraska, we have some farmers like your father… the sheer size of their acerages warrant expensive equipment and by volume, they are able to make a profit. However, most farms are less than 800 acres, many farmers lost their land to banks in the 80’s and 90’s. Those that raise livestock no longer own their own livestock, but raise corporate livestock. No till advancement does not require genetically modified seeds, but it a no brainer for soil conservation and cost savings.

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By: cws2352 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2012/06/27/what-the-family-farm-can-teach-america-about-surviving-global-change/#comment-5242 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 15:49:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1682#comment-5242 biotechnology is why our population is obese, have diabetes and heart disease.

biotechnology is creating a soybean that can withstand massive doses of pesticide made from roundup and agent orange.

good that the soybean can stand it but what about you, the consumer?

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By: tideshift http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2012/06/27/what-the-family-farm-can-teach-america-about-surviving-global-change/#comment-5239 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:55:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1682#comment-5239 You left out the biggest reason farming made these quantum technological leaps: access to cheap, abundant, high quality oil as fuel for the tractors and feedstock for the fertilizers and pesticides. The cheap oil energy slaves that replaced human labor are gone; what’s left is more expensive and harder to extract. Farming is not going to progress on the same technological trajectory of the last fifty years; sooner or later, but probably sooner, it’s going to regress back through the earlier methods used by your father, and then your grandfather, and then your great-grandparents. Viewed through that lens, the educational programs needed now would look very different: American kids today – and lots of them – need to learn how to farm like the farmers in 1900, or how to supply needed goods and services to those farmers.

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By: breezinthru http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2012/06/27/what-the-family-farm-can-teach-america-about-surviving-global-change/#comment-5238 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:54:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1682#comment-5238 Farming will always be a great way of life and a large farm will always be valuable, but I wonder whether farm incomes will continue to rise as dramatically as they have in the past decade.

The worldwide expansion of the middle class might be one of the bubbles that pops if a global recession is not averted.

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