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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:04 pm    Post subject: Sustainable Farming Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Some have been inquiring as to the meaning of the term "sustainable farming" so here it is in my opinion.
Around any farming community you will find a few sustainable farmers. Now you can't look at one and know that they are practicing "sustainable farming" and unless you know a little about the family you will not be able to tell. Here is the description that a long time farmer gave me and I believe you will agree that he is right when you think about it.
Here goes.....When a person runs a money losing farm, think hobby farm, and his wife is working at a good paying job, with benefits, to SUSTAIN him while he loafs around the home place with his weedy garden you have SUSTAINABLE FARMING.

Now I don't want to hear from a lot of real farmers who have a working spouse because you are not the ones I am referring to. Yet I believe you know someone like I was referring to around your area.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Sustainable Farming Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thank you for the smile. I like that. ;)

I've been telling my wife that same thing for many years now.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Sustainable Farming Reply to specific post Reply with quote

A Substainable Farm is one that'll be able to keep operating once the Gov't $$$ runs out and they have to make it without the Gov't Goodies.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Sustainable Farming Reply to specific post Reply with quote

hey ,that somewhat describes me! You didnt upset me,,,but my garden is not weedy,so I am a little offended! ,,,,lol
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Sustainable Farming Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Larry, didn't intend to insult anyone. Just reporting a tongue in cheek opinion. The money my wife earned helped me thru some hard times.
Keep farming and having fun.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Sustainable Farming Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Best answer yet .didnt that happen in new zealand?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Sustainable Farming Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You do realize our subisides amounted to a whopping 12 dollars an acre the last 4 or 5 years right?

I"m guessing most will survive without that $12 an acre.

It is the input costs that will do us in the next few years.

By the way my wife works off the farm so I must be a sustainable farmer.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Sustainable Farming Reply to specific post Reply with quote

hey, my husband works a good job and I have a weedy garden. am I sustainable farmer? haha
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Sustainable Farming Reply to specific post Reply with quote

So, that means that the $24 the neighbor made last year ought to be running out in about fifteen minutes and he's gonna be over here drinking my beer?????
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Sustainable Farming Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Gawd! First I had to face the fact that I'm older than old,now I have to live with the stigma of being "sustainable". Will the humiliation never end?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Sustainable Farming Reply to specific post Reply with quote

$12 per acre after the ethanaol boom. I know some of my neighbor's were getting over 200K per year when prices were lower. And now you guys are getting subsidized insurance. I don't see other industries getting insurance subsidies?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Sustainable Farming Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I wouldn't complain with my mouth full.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Sustainable Farming Reply to specific post Reply with quote

no insult taken at all,I agree with your post!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Sustainable Farming Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Randy, are you making your living farming? Is that all you do? I would think that would be sustainable as you sustain yourself, right? I thought sustainable ment doing something in such a way that you sustain at it and can keep doing it.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Sustainable Farming Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes,I make a living farming. The wife doesn't work and I don't do anything else. That's the trick,just farming to make a living. Farmers get in to trouble when they go from trying to make a living to trying to make money.
I honestly don't know what anybody means when they talk about "sustainable farming". Sustaining yourself? Sustaining the land? Got me hanging as to what these nut cases are talking about.
 
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