Number of Tennessee farms shrinking a...

Number of Tennessee farms shrinking as development booms

There are 27 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Mar 19, 2007, titled Number of Tennessee farms shrinking as development booms. In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

Large working farms, such as the 200-acre spread where Nashvillian Kathryn Darden grew up, have become casualties of the Midstate's growth as families cash in the land and move on.

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Josh from East Tennessee

Franklin, TN

#21 Mar 19, 2007
As a young adult I hate to see this. I understand that it is hard to keep up the farms with all the changes, but this is sad. People come into Tennessee and want the "country life". Is the country life living in a house that looks like all the others and only has 20 ft. between each home? People need to see that money is not all there is. Keep the land. Please. Do it for the generations to come. If not then all there will be are ugly houses packed ontop of one another for miles and miles. How sad.
Alvin Rutledge

Knoxville, TN

#22 Mar 19, 2007
The US is now highly dependent on foreign oil for it's energy needs. If it continues on the same path that it is presently on from the conversion of farm land to sub-divisions, retail and industrial centers, it will eventually depend on other countries to produce it's food. Do we really want to be both energy and food dependent on other countries. Agriculture has been so efficient in getting food to almost every table that very little thought is given to the future of food production. In addition, agriculture has not been glamorized as have other occupations and land prices have been such that a land owner cannot afford to pay the taxes on an ag based economy. That has caused us to drift toward a non-farm based economy which will eventually creat problems if something is not done to preserve and maintain our land that is suitable for food and fiber production.
Rocky Top Gal

Rock Island, TN

#23 Mar 19, 2007
Farmers can't make a decent living. Therefore they have little choice but to sell. We as consumers demand "cheap" food. The small time farmer can't make it. The day of the small mom and pop farms are over. It's sad but true. How much of our food in East TN is locally produced? My guess is very little. If something happened to our transportation system, we'd all starve. USDA continues to cut programs that benefit the small farm owners while increasing the benefits to large corprate farms. Farming is not just a job, it's a way of life. I wouldn't trade it for anything but we can only farm part time, my husband and I must have full time jobs to make ends meet. The price we can get for cattle on the hoof is about 10 cents of what you pay in the grocery store for your hambuger meat. We're not all selling out but it gets harder every year to justify what we are doing.
PS to the person who said "corn won't grow on Rocky Top" well it does but not great!:-)

Crossville, TN

#24 Mar 19, 2007
What did we ever do before the Dept. of Agriculture and the USDA and farm subsidy? I think we all died.

Knoxville, TN

#25 Mar 20, 2007
This has got to be hindering the farmers of Tennessee's most lucrative illegal crops as well.


#26 Mar 24, 2007
i am leaving los angeles and a 6 figure income in may to move to bybee to enjoy my EXISTING home that i bought and escape urban sprawl that ive seen out here in the last 10 years if more people would spend money fixing up instead of trying to impress people with there brand new homes there wouldnt be such a huge market ,money isnt everything people and my relatives also grew up poor in this area but were still happy with family and rich in values which took me several years away from there to realize.your farms and plots are very valuable not in dollars but where you raise your families and a sense of community and nice nieghbors,respect that and cherish it for you only live once

Nashville, TN

#28 May 24, 2007
Lena wrote:
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Not yet anyway.

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