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Commodity Payments, Farm Business Survival, and Farm Size GrowthCommodity Payments, Farm Business Survival, and Farm Size Growth

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: CO2emissions, conservation, ecosystems, environment, humans, Sustainabililty, eco-friendly, organic, corruption )

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Mid-sized and small farms are more productive than large farms when measured by total farm output per acre rather than the yield of a single crop. But a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report found that commodity payments to support row crops ......

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Jennie B (14)
Friday February 8, 2008, 6:02 pm
I grew up on a "small farm" - 85 acres - and what a wonderful childhood! My grandfather worked hard to build his little farm - he had his own family - my dad and his sister and aunts out there picking cotton when they were kids. By the time I came along, my dad was a school principal, my grandfather was retired (and too old to farm anymore), and already Round Rock was starting to grow and now the small farmer, in fact most farm families we knew have left the farming business - replaced by housing developments, stores, parking lots, and highways (toll roads)...the sad demise of a real community into a small city which is polluted, unfriendly, and doesn't even know its own history because most people commute to Austin. The traffic is a nightmare-I can't wait to more to the Oregon Coast-would have already if it weren't for my friends and family. So I find the growth of mega-farms a sad statement about our society, but younger generations don't even know what they've lost...and that's even sadder. Noted

David bequeaith (99)
Friday February 8, 2008, 6:16 pm
Though I have never lived in rural Iowa, I hope to retire there. The Center for Rural Affairs works on many of the issues facing small farms and communities to include the current farm bill. I joined to keep up to date and I welcome all to visit their site and look around.

Doug Wilson (30)
Saturday February 9, 2008, 6:45 pm
I wanted to read the entire report just so I could say I read it. I couldn't. I was all of a sudden back in sociology or economics and I remembered why I decided to leave school. I simply refuse to sit through any more of that wordy theororising. ( yes, I know that's not a word ) The nice thing about the word, or what ever you want to call it, is its understandable. Economics, political science, sociology and all the other stuff that people made up so they could feel important is not science. It didn't take me months to figure out that none of these, soft, sciences bore my attention. I knew, at twelve years one and a half hours that they were guessing even though they attempted to hide behind an esoteric ( made up ) language. How bright do you have to be to see that theories shouldn't be made into laws and then tested?
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