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Friday, August 09, 2019

China's vow to stop buying U.S. agricultural goods comes at a dire time for farmers, who have been cutting costs and picking up side-hustles -- like hosting pizza nights for agri-tourists -- to make ends meet.

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Try growing food.

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-09 04:44 PM | Reply


@#1 ... Try growing food. ...

I suspect the problem is not the ability to grow food, but the ability to sell the food that is grown.

Trump Gives Farmers $16 Billion in Aid Amid Prolonged China Trade War
www.nytimes.com

...President Trump on Thursday unveiled a $16 billion bailout for farmers hurt by his trade war with Beijing...


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-09 06:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Lowest unemployment in 50 years!

#3 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-08-09 07:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

 

@#3

So I guess the farmers should just abandon their farmland, their roots (so to speak), and move to where there might be a job they are qualified for.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-09 07:31 PM | Reply

Try growing food.

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism

Try reading the article.

#5 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-08-09 08:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Uber is hiring. Amazon Fulfillment Centers have jobs posted.

Pizzas need delivering to Snoofy and Clownshack.

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-09 09:53 PM | Reply

No Snark ...I'd really be interested to hear what people think a Farmer is these days. And how many folks have some sort of reference point, anecdotally even ok, to compare too.

I grew up on the edge of Kansas City in an area of "truck farms". family owned and operated. 25 acres or less, mostly less in this particular area. they grew vegetables and pumpkins and sold them on the weekends at the farmer's market. Kansas City had a large market located in the "north end"..home of the kansas city mafia coincidentally, where it was packed each weekend with farmers and customers. the market is still there but now it's an open air garage sale and the vege's are mostly all from wholesalers.

Another thing that's gone from when I was a kid...roadside vegetable stands. they used to be in every small town and now they're gone. even the Amish just sell what overage they have to the local grocery but they don't grow above and beyond what they personally use for sale much anymore. you just can't make a profit. long ago and far away so much better, in some ways

#7 | Posted by ABlock at 2019-08-10 08:09 AM | Reply

I worked 2 jobs for years. Bfd

#8 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2019-08-10 09:50 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Dick Cheney said Ebay was a good way for people to make ends meet when he and shrub were killing jobs.

#9 | Posted by zelkova at 2019-08-10 11:41 AM | Reply

Make Moonshine Great Again.

#10 | Posted by SunTzuMeow at 2019-08-10 05:39 PM | Reply

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Why is this news? Every farm family "side gigs" during the off season. I know a guy who started a business installing field drainage systems and made so much money in the "off season" he just started leasing his land to a neighbor and went full time installing drains. They run butcher shops and process game. They have you pick orchards and fall festivals. They collect sap and make maple syrup. This isn't new activity.

#11 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-08-11 08:29 AM | Reply

--Why is this news? Every farm family "side gigs" during the off season.

Because the President is an 'R'.

#12 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-08-11 09:04 AM | Reply

Farming is a business, not a lifestyle. I know of no farmer that does not work at other jobs or run other businesses. Especially in off season, some do body work, mechanics, work in stores, work in packing houses, or deal pot. Yea, the herb business is a thing in rural America. As it is said with regularity in the hills my family sprang from, there are only two type of dealers, those who use fork lifts and those who don't.

#13 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-08-11 09:35 AM | Reply

#13 | Posted by docnjo

when i was growing up, family farms were very much a "lifestyle" if that's how you want to characterize the way they made their living.
that became less and less viable until today a boutique agricultural setup is what's called a family farm...and yes most of those folks do have to have supplementary income. more likely today the ag side is the supplemental.

"Family Farm" is a darn good metaphor for...things aren't like they used to be and they never will be that way again. that's something that the MAGA group don't want to/can't seem to comprehend

#14 | Posted by ABlock at 2019-08-11 10:15 AM | Reply

#14 | Posted by ABlock, The worst thing about corporate farms is that they don't take care of the land. Everything is the short term bottom line. Single crop land use, too much herbicide use, too much insecticide use, contract labor. Next time you are in the planes and see one of those 1000 acre wheat fields, check out the soil. It is dead.

#15 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-08-11 11:07 AM | Reply

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