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[–] Jujubean 11 points -7 points (+4|-11) ago  (edited ago)

Farmers are idiots. Not bright enough to diversify and to package and market their products. I grew up on a farm. I would listen to the idiots around their gathering at the local general store. If corn was high the year before they would all plant corn and the glut would drive prices so low they would lose their ass. Or draught. Or too much rain. The next year they would all plant soy beans and lose their ass again.

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[–] TheFritoBandito 1 point 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

Hold up on the down votes... sounds like this guy has a valid point. If modern day farmers are tapping out financially because they all decide to go after one cash crop, that's a major issue. I have great respect for farmers so I don't like reading about their failures. If this is really a systemic issue, I hope there's a good solution for it like the mention of crop diversification.

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[–] Tbneer967 2 points 2 points (+4|-2) ago 

Farmers are not savvy businessmen might be a better way of putting it haha. But yeah you bring up a good point.

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[–] Jujubean ago 

Second example. Grow something others do not. Morel mushrooms. Ginger, tarragon. With the proper selection an acre of land could support a family.

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[–] Jujubean ago 

Select a piece of land close enough to a metropolitan area. Raise honey, ducks, chickens. Plant a minimum of 8 crops, rotated seasonally. Sell shares to city dwellers for a upickit moment. While they are there hawk the natural honey, free range eggs and chickens or ducks processed while you wait. Example of how to turn 10 acres into a $100,000 a year profit.