Many in food production take the hard knocks for becoming family corporations with million dollar assets.  Some activists, such as the Environmental Working Group, have even gone so far to list farm subsidies so everyone can see the millions brought in by today’s “rich farmers.”  There’s no list of input costs, equipment prices, explanation of how those assets aren’t liquid, or the distribution of dollars between the farm gate and food plate.  Yet, we frequently read “the greedy corporate farmers making millions.”  (more…)

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How much do you know about where the food on your Thanksgiving table comes from?  This is a great time to consider those who produce the food on our overflowing plates, particularly in a year that has seen food prices increase 6% according to the Economic Research Service.

Celebrating a productive harvest was at the center of the table on the first Thanksgiving.  While that tradition has changed with 98.5% of Americans not in food production, farmers should be appreciated as they protect our national security by putting food on plates not only at Thanksgiving – but every meal each day.  Marketing misinformation has likely made you more familiar in with genes gone wild, organics, farm animal mistreatment and multi-million dollar activist organizations than with the hard-working people who provide you with the potatoes, turkeys and corn. (more…)

Best known for their cute kitten and fuzzy puppy propaganda , the Humane Society of the United States has “come out of the closet” with their emotional pleas to stop abuse of “factory farm animals.”  It should now be clear that HSUS is more about driving animal agriculture out of our culture than they are about caring for abandoned pets. (more…)

Imagine if that figure was widely reported, rather than farmers getting rich from food prices?   USDA reports that total production expenses are expected to be a record-high $279.2 billion in 2008.  Consider where the vast percentage of those dollars are spent and the many benefeciaries in small towns.  Add the multiplier effect to of employee wages and it becomes obvious that agriculture is providing a stimulus that’s vital to struggling economies across the country. And, then add in property taxes paid by farmers to support roads, schools and other local infrastructure needs.  Don’t overlook the importance of agriculture’s stimulus at a local level in a down economy.  (more…)