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Farms without revenue

2019-05-16 16:39:27.834865+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

The more I learn about how US food policy has essentially recreated sharecropping, along with huge tax dodges for the ultra rich, the more I think we've gotta dial back some of the centralized control that runs our farming in this country.

Is it a Farm if it Doesn’t Sell Food?:

More than one-fifth of all farms in the U.S. report making $0 in annual sales. Because the USDA won’t release that data, the nation is missing critical information about the health of the food system.

RT Dr Sarah Taber @SarahTaber_bww

So I've long had the sense that a lot of "farms" were tax dodges & raised crops/livestock just for show, if at all.

Now there are statistics!

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#Comment Re: Farms without revenue made: 2019-05-19 23:54:25.424061+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Even with modern fertilizer, you typically want to fallow your fields periodically. This often means growing clover and plowing it under.

Sometimes also you have an amazing growing season or a market disruption that causes prices to drop dramatically and it's better to plow that crop under and write it off. I think there was a glut of soy due to Trump's tariff war, so many farmers might've caused this.

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