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#104 Aug 20, 2011
Interesting point.The government doesn't force you to take the welfare.Its there and the farmers are pretty good at getting in there to take advantage of any give away thats there.We need to cut out farmer welfare and put them out of business or back to work.
love farmers and ranchers

Oneida, TN

#105 Aug 20, 2011
hope you enjoy going hungry. I myself will thank farmers and ranchers.
Maurypunch

Cookeville, TN

#106 Aug 20, 2011
sure wrote:
@Maurypunch I am very happy that someone still understands the work and effort that goes into farming. My grandma kept up the tobacco fields after my grandpa died. I do not remember all the details I was very young. My grandma would get a check from the government and laugh. It was for about 100 bucks. Most of the time it was not cashed for weeks because it was not needed. My grandfather had worked the fields for many years before his death. He built his own home. Dug his own well. He planted his own food. He got milk from his cows. He was a talented blacksmith who did what he could for anyone. He even got his meat from his farm. They were simple people who took care of the community and themselves. I wish I could have known him. Other than an electric bill they had no bills. When everything falls apart I will bet money that your skills will be worth more than gold. I know I want to learn how to do what you do. You and people like you are who made this country. I also bet that if the government did not send you money you could survive off the land. It is very easy to forget when you sit down for dinner where that food came from. But I can tell you there is nothing better than fresh corn, green beans, mashed potatoes, and steak. Washed down by milk straight from the cow. I miss the farm. Its now a sub division. Thank you everyone for being selfish and forgetting who really gives you dinner.
if your Grandma was able to keep the tobacco fields up herself, she was one tough gal, that's for sure. In a way, I feel a little bad for the tea party people who don't even understand their history and how and why the subsidies programs were started, and I DEFINATELY feel bad for you poor young kids who are going to have to suffer through another dust bowl about, oh, 10 years from the time they cut all subsidies, because that's about how long it takes for topsoil erosion to reach the level necessary to cause disaster. More than likely, your Grandparents were family friends... the farming community around here tends to be pretty close-knit, especially the tobacco ones. Now there's an industry the government really killed off... minimum-wage summer jobs for anybody who needed one every years without fail... now, 90% of the world's tobacco is produced in Turkey, and about 5000 people clamor outside the gates of the plantations to work there clamor each morning to get in for the chance to earn $0.05 an hour.
country boy

Columbia, SC

#107 Aug 20, 2011
Maurypunch wrote:
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if your Grandma was able to keep the tobacco fields up herself, she was one tough gal, that's for sure. In a way, I feel a little bad for the tea party people who don't even understand their history and how and why the subsidies programs were started, and I DEFINATELY feel bad for you poor young kids who are going to have to suffer through another dust bowl about, oh, 10 years from the time they cut all subsidies, because that's about how long it takes for topsoil erosion to reach the level necessary to cause disaster. More than likely, your Grandparents were family friends... the farming community around here tends to be pretty close-knit, especially the tobacco ones. Now there's an industry the government really killed off... minimum-wage summer jobs for anybody who needed one every years without fail... now, 90% of the world's tobacco is produced in Turkey, and about 5000 people clamor outside the gates of the plantations to work there clamor each morning to get in for the chance to earn $0.05 an hour.
all of white co. farmers are a close knit bunch and will help each other out in a minute
Well

Monroe, NC

#108 Oct 3, 2011
Farmers use to be a respected group. Now that they take welfare checks they've lost all respect.
hmmm

Sparta, TN

#109 Oct 3, 2011
Farmers get welfare checks?
Thinking

Sparta, TN

#110 Aug 21, 2012
I agree Yesterday evening after 5 there was 2 morons on tractors putting down the Smithville Highway. No regard whatsoever for the traffic they had backed up and pulling over as he law says they are supposed to.
For God's sake if you absolutely must drive for farm equipment down the road have the common G D courtesy to stay on the back roads and not on major thruways.
I think if certain equipment cannot maintain a minimum speed it should not be allowed on the road and must be hauled.
That is funny

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#111 Aug 21, 2012
Farmers have to drive on roads but I agree too that they should pull over every chance they get. I got an idea. Put in John couger Melloncamp, and listen to rain on the scare crow while driving behind the next tractor. Might see things a little different. Fact not rhetoric, farmers made this country.

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