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Is Industrial Farm Economics Unfriendly to Humans (and farmers)?

Touch the Soil News #623 (Feature photo – in 2017, even big farms will face uncertainty. Over the years, farm auctions have become bigger and bigger.) In 1935, America had around 7 million farm operations. Today that number is around 2 million of which less than 100,000 produce the majority of the nation’s agricultural output. In short, the advice of economists to farmers to grow, buy more equipment and buy more land has resulted in bankrupting most farm operators. The USDA just released its estimates for net farm income in the U.S. for 2017. Estimates are that 2017 net farm income will be 57 percent less than in 2013 (see…

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