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Where Have All the Farmers Gone?

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Where have all the farmers gone? This seems to be a question everyone thinks they know the answer to. You ask the normal person about the state of American farmers and they will tell you they are alive and well, but if you have been paying attention you’ll see that many American farmers are hurting. Don’t believe the acres and acres of farmland you see. American farmers have suffered as much as the rest of the country in this down economy.

There used to be a time where farming was a big and profitable industry. Farmers worked hard, tilling the fields and tending to the chicken coops, and were rewarded well. And beyond their financial rewards, they were rewarded with a sense of pride in knowing that they had done a job well and were providing the food for every American’s dinner table. But these days farmers have it tough. With so much of the meat America consumes being manufactured and over processed, independent farms have been replaced with gigantic corporate farms. Long gone are the days of a farmer who had a few crops on several acres. These days farmers either own the whole lot or they work at a bank.

But it should come as no surprise in this day and age. Everything is being handed off to someone else. Farmers have been outsourced and reduced just like cashiers, pharmacy staff, and the entire whole of the car industry. No job is safe when it comes to working in an ever changing economy and workforce. This is especially true for the labor position or what has been known as “unskilled” positions.

Thank goodness there is still a need for fresh eggs, milk, and the honest to goodness steak, otherwise farmers would have nothing left to make for their country. It would just be acres and acres of farmland, empty. Next time you drive through farmland, don’t make the assumption a farmer lives there.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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