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20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:12 pm    Post subject: 20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Be 20 years tomorrow my dad sold out. After 35 years raising cattle and hogs, working day and night, and finally an off farm job, he finally realized it just wasn't going to work. Sold machinery, land, and in the end, pretty well walked away with the shirt on his back.
Went back home with him yesterday to pick up a parts tractor, and detoured around by the old place. Dad always took pride in having having everything neat and squared away. Present owner has let everything go beyond belief. I could see it hit dad hard, but it did me too, as if to say nothing he did there was ever worthwhile.
Also realized there isn't an old friend or neighbor left alive within about 5 miles of there. Places all abandoned, or bulldozed flat in the pursuit of the almighty dollar.
Left the area thoroughly disgusted with the way things are today, and wishing I could bring it back somehow.
Drank like no tomorrow for about 6-7 years after we got out, then came to the realization that it was maybe for the best. Dad would have worked himself to death, and maybe life would have taken a different path for me, not meeting my wife, and having the 2 great boys, and the good life we have together.
Dad and I looked around for about an hour, and I grabbed the RH armrest I broke off our old 756 IH. Still hanging on the wall in the machine shed where I left it. Started thinking about it, and the place brings back almost as many bad memories as good.

Not really sure why I'm posting this, but I know some here will understand.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:16 pm    Post subject: Re: 20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If it's any consolation,I've lived right here in the same house all my life and there isn't an old neighbor left within 5 miles. Places run down,built houses over or bulldozed. You can't go home again even if you never left.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:18 pm    Post subject: Re: 20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

As My Grandfather..

" Everyone leaves their mark in this world
Son, Make sure yours is a Good Mark"
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:22 pm    Post subject: Re: 20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

57 years in one place a lot of changes some
good some bad. they tried to get me out im
still here
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:26 pm    Post subject: Re: 20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am watching that very thing happen to my home place too, big a. The farm never was all that nice a place to start with, but look at it now all grown up, fields going to weeds, no hay made last summer, buildings falling in...it's a shame. Seems like things have to go down the toilet before new life can come in and start again. Kinda like the inner citys I guess.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:29 pm    Post subject: Re: 20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Can't imagine going through that. So so many people/families have tried so hard and lost the battle.
When Dad passed, mother made sure the multi-generational farm went to drunk baby brother. Now she and he are on what's left- about an acre and half with a trailer on it.
I had just gotten started on my own, so with Dad gone, it was very difficult for years, but we managed. It was a long time before I could drive by the home place without strong emotions.
Kids are long gone, but if there's a grandchild interested, then at least there's a chance to continue.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:43 pm    Post subject: Re: 20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Randy you are so right! Try your best to keep things as you would like them to be but.... folks get old, and die off, sell out, new folks come, and soon home is not what you knew it to be. Change is always for good, but not always for better. Bruce
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:48 pm    Post subject: Re: 20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I know exactly what you mean. We moved away 40 years
ago last August. Was talking to Mom about it the
other day and we all thought it was temporary.
Ron
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:57 pm    Post subject: Re: 20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Big A: Farming is a fatal bug that has bitten many of us. There is no fun in it if your farming at a loss. Many feel like they "failed" and are ashamed or embarrassed by no longer farming. That is just emotions.

I bet that your Dad felt relief from the long hours and no money. We tend to remember the good and forget the bad.

I hope that my sons being involved in farming is not a mistake. The farm picture is changing rapidly and none of us know where it will fall out but there will be change.

If I had to try to start over today it would not happen. The profit margins are too small for the return on investment. You pretty much have to be born into a farm or marry it. Th capitol needs are just too great for a person to start from scratch anymore.

Your Father's "mark" on this world is YOU not some piece of land somewhere.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:03 pm    Post subject: Re: 20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Big A, I know the sentiment you're talking about.
About 20-25 years ago my Grand dad retired from
the farm, built the house I'm in now and gave the
farm to my uncle in exchange for building this
house for him. My uncle went behind everyone's
back in 1998 and sold the farm with 127 acres
without letting anyone in the family know. I had
offered to buy it about four months earlier for
more money and was refused. The current owner is
an ignorant hateful man who has let the place
degrade to where it's not worth anything now. He
took the cattle stanchions out and the barn has
many pieces of roofing and siding blown off with
no repairs at all. I bought this house four years
ago after my granddad passed away. It's on a four
acre piece on the corner of the old farm and I
have to look at the mess over there everyday. It
angers me sometimes but mostly it just breaks my
heart to see it. I wish I could somehow buy it
back and rebuild it to what it was when I used to
spend all my weekends and summers working the farm
with my Grampy . I learned what little I know from
him and learned to drive his old H and my Great
Uncles Super C. It was hard work but it gave me a
sense of respect for what work really was.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:13 pm    Post subject: Re: 20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I also had to sell almost everything in 94.I was 29 and just seemed to be going backwards.Was working near old farm in oct new owners have fixed up house and barn.Our farm was 250 acres and was cut in half by marcy south 345 kv powerline in1988. Now Andy Cummo wants to put another line next to it. My parents grave markers are there.thanks Greg
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:19 pm    Post subject: Re: 20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dad struggled with it for years His quitting farming. Dad was a salesman he made a good living doing construction work with his farm trucks and equipment. He rarely looked at work He did not get. I always told Him that he was so use to working for nothing that anything He made was profit.
Ron
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:34 pm    Post subject: Re: 20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

When I was in jr high I realized the farm where I grew up and worked each day would end up going to step uncles and step aunts. It was upsetting. My side ended up with a quarter of ground but ended up selling. The step uncle is farming it and has rented the house to a neighbor's illegal migrant workers. The place has just run into the ground. The most I can do now is look at it on Google Earth.

I have worked and clawed to buy my own farm. It has about killed me and taken years off of my life. I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm just as happy each day as I was in the field as a teenager.

Local legislator was at the neighbors. They were talking about the future of farming. The neighbor told her to ask me about getting started and the price it pays. The legislator went on about how many loan programs there are to help farmers get into the profession. I explained to her that we all watched what happened in the 80's (or young kids' parents did). Most of us vowed to make it and not let that happen to us. Sure, my pickup has a payment but the machinery is all mine. I will succeed. Someday the grand kids of the folks that started this dairy will drive by. I want them to be as proud as I am.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 6:01 pm    Post subject: Re: 20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have inherited farms, houses, barns, cattle, and farming tools; for these are more easily acquired than got rid of. Better if they had been born in the open pasture and suckled by a wolf, that they might have seen with clearer eyes what field they were called to labor in. Who made them serfs of the soil? Why should they eat their sixty acres, when man is condemned to eat only his peck of dirt? Why should they begin digging their graves as soon as they are born?
Henry David Thoreau,
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 6:02 pm    Post subject: Re: 20 Years Tomorrow, Kinda Bummed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You are right about no fun losing money farming, or any other enterprise for that matter, but a person can still get started on their own in agriculture but it takes a little ingenuity and they have to produce what the area they live in will sustain or else move to another area. Both of my sons have been able to buy and pay for land in the last 10 years, one with pecan orchard and cattle and the other with cattle and hay and custom work, they do both work off the farm but one day they may not have to if they so choose. Where we live if you have grass you can make money with a cow herd, it is a different dynamic than trying to feed bought in cattle and rents and land prices are much less than the mid-west. There are still many places in the US where a man can go and make it happen if he is willing to make a change, looking back on life I am glad I was born and raised in an area where it was root hog or die.
 
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