More Farmers Declare Bankruptcy Despite Record Levels of Federal Aid
More U.S. farmers are filing for bankruptcy, as federal payments projected to reach record levels this year fall short of compensating for the coronavirus pandemic and a yearslong slump in the agricultural economy.
About 580 farmers filed for chapter 12 bankruptcy protection in the 12-month period ended June 30, according to federal data. That was 8% more than a year earlier, though bankruptcies slowed slightly in the first half of 2020 partly because of an infusion of federal aid and hurdles to filing during the pandemic, according to agricultural economists and attorneys.
The pandemic has pressured prices for many commodities, squeezing farmers who raise crops and livestock, and prolonging a six-year downturn in the Farm Belt....
HerbalMama wrote: We planted 5 different apple types and 3 different grapes that grow well in our region. Muscadine grow wild here as well. And sassafras so homebrewed rootbeer is in our future. We have plans to add more fruit trees and berry bushes in the future. I had 2 blueberry bushes and 3 gooseberry bushes but they accidentally got mowed do. Thank you for the corn tips. I can already see where some mistakes were made. I want sheep!!! Maybe one day. Are yours mostly a meat source?
Cool blue berrys love the cold and love acid ground always multch with pine needles as they are acidic. No never heard of i c banana dont tell me its notba fruit but a flower. ūüėĀ it seems a world wide trait the best spots on our property are taken by flowing trees and i want more garden beds for reel food my better loving wife tells me the bees need food to give us food for us to eat.ūüôĄ i say they will go a km up the road from our neighbours house.ūüėā. Anyway our aheep are dorpers as you dont shear their wool it falls off and we sell all our animals that we dont eat...Raspberry like to be mown and good in smoothies, cordial..
Brother tim do you thing they are just using kerosene to kill the lave. But i know what you mean on the roof is another idea.ūüĎćūüėö
We planted 5 different apple types and 3 different grapes that grow well in our region. Muscadine grow wild here as well. And sassafras so homebrewed rootbeer is in our future. We have plans to add more fruit trees and berry bushes in the future. I had 2 blueberry bushes and 3 gooseberry bushes but they accidentally got mowed down. Have you ever heard of an ice cream banana? A very interesting plant.
Thank you for the corn tips. I can already see where some mistakes were made. I want sheep!!! Maybe one day. Are yours mostly a meat source?
I have thought about keeping bees, Watchmanremo, but we have small and inquisitive great-grandchildren who would probably wander too close to the hive. I know honeybees are gentle, but they do have their limits. Besides, the same poison the government uses on the mosquitoes would probably kill the bees like it does the wild ones.
HerbalMama wrote: Our garden did pretty good this year. I planted some seeds that were saved from Grandpa's garden over a decade ago and got a good crop of those. Our corn, first year growing, was a pitiful harvest but hopefully next year We have an orchard too. . This lifestyle really humbles you and makes you all the more appreciative of the good Lord.
Cool. What variety of fruit trees did you plant? It amazes me how so many dont know or plan the variety that they choose. If you have a apricot, Moorpark are the king of apricots. Sadly we live in too cool a climate and too much rain over 1metr of rain a year is no good for fruit trees but is good for corn growing. Just a tip with corn grow them in a trench and just pour the water in them and early on keep the snail away as they love baby leaves of corn ring bark them keep water up.to them and you have a good harvest lots and lots its impossible to drown them. We have dorper sheep as well as the cows and chickens. Tim you ever thought of keeping a hive in the back yard? When we lived in suburbia we had 2 supers in the back yard. They always keep to them selves.I used to sit a meter away a contemplate with the Lord the way of a bee. Very amusing and glorifying. Have a blessed Lords Day.ūüėö
One of our biggest problems is getting enough bees to pollinate our plants. This year, however, with the pandemic, the county didn‚Äôt come around spraying for mosquitoes and consequently killing our bees as well, so we had plenty of the buzzy little critters on the job.
Our garden did pretty good this year. I planted some seeds that were saved from Grandpa's garden over a decade ago and got a good crop of those. Our corn, first year growing, was a pitiful harvest but hopefully next year is better. I have plans to incoporate a huge cottage/cut flower/herb/dye garden in the front yard. We have an orchard too. In its baby stages. We just plantes in April. We lost one tree to a gopher but the rest are fine. This lifestyle really humbles you and makes you all the more appreciative of the good Lord.
Yes, we have acreage. It's not as far along in the self sufficient journey as yours since we're just getting started. We have cows ans chickens. I find a crowing rooster at 4am to be both irritating and peaceful. Haha
HerbalMama wrote: Watchmanrem not watchmaker. Whoops.
We have a large herb bed. For our bee hives. I had to cheat here sorry herbal mamma had to ask my wife..as i have no idea.
Pasley,greek oregano, comfrey, bay tree,3 different types of sage,lemon thyme, pizza thyme,borage,lavender,calendula. Other places stigging nettle,wild forage , cleavers,sheep soral , plantain etc.. I have to drink my wife tinches i think its spelt? Id be lucky to eat lettece, but am improving.. Do you have Acreage h.m.? Peace and Grace on the Israel of God. ūüėö
Trace mineral like calcium is so important to humans as well as vegetables. Could a W.W famine be looming? Next horseman? Its amazing how much garden one need to be self sufficient. Maybe that is why we are supposed to share or exchange what we dont have . We have 40 acres and we may have enough meat for (MEN)ūüėä but veggies are always hard to get enough of. Especially when our climate dont allow us to grow what we want. Our fruit tree over 20 dont like our cold summers so many bacteria diseases. Black spot, baterial wilt,brown rot, hole shot,etc. Apples, pears, plums, Raspberry, blue berry, black berrys. Grow well in cold summers. Pray is the KEY. Though Gods mercy rains on the unjust too. We may have to only survive 45 day when the mark of the BEAST is mandated. According to my understanding. Peace and Grace on the Israel of God ūüėöūüėö
There are just a couple of things that will keep tomatoes from bearing plentifully. Among them are too much rain, not enough rain, too much sun, not enough sun, too much acid in the soil, not enough acid in the soil, too many of the wrong kind of bugs, not enough of the right kind of bugs, months ending in Y, months ending in R...
We grow a box garden every year, plenty of squash, zucchini , peppers, okra, but planted to late on tomatoes- I‚Äôm going to have read up on tomatoe planting, I‚Äôm proving to be a failure at growing them. Had a friend who grew the largest and sweet tomatoes I ever seen- He plant in April after the last freeze and just watered and picked.
Nothing like being in the South, Dr. Tim. Mama used to brag about having something blooming in her garden all year round and her ability to have a year round growing season. She would also brag about local muscadine and scuppernong grapes. Thanks for bringing back those fine memories.
Great advice, HerbalMama. This summer the Lord really blessed our gardens and we got lots of fresh vegetables every day. We planted around the first of March, so just about everything except the peppers and onions have played out. I planted green onions in an old wheelbarrow, and when my wife and I want green onions we just use scissors and cut off the green parts. They‚Äôll grow back again and again. Now we‚Äôre harvesting muscadine grapes, which are a little different from mass-produced table grapes but a lot healthier. Soon the scuppernong grapes will begin to ripen, Lord willing. By the time those play out it‚Äôs just about time to start picking lemons and limes for several months worth of healthy fruit juice. I love ‚Äúcheating‚ÄĚ Walmart out of a few dollars of their excessive profit!
We have created a monster. What we have now cannot survive without big ag. Big at needs regulating because they've shown to be untrustworthy and greedy. Want to help small farmers and squash big ag? Grow as much of your own as you can and then shop af your local market to build your supply. Without people accepting responsibility for their own food big ag will continue on and small farmers will continue to file bankruptcy. Of course, zoning laws, etc make this impossible in some places. Those laws need to be overturned asap.
P.J. Huffstutter,¬†Mark Weinraub wrote: .... The trade-aid program has nonetheless been criticized by some academic researchers, including Joseph Glauber, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute and a former USDA chief economist. He found at least five empirical studies showing USDA overstated the trade war impact on U.S. soybean market and farmers, and the agency may have overpaid some producers.
USDA officials have disputed these findings, but the U.S. Government Accountability Office is investigating the program. U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan, had requested the GAO examine whether USDA‚Äôs model for distributing payments accurately reflected trade-war damage to incomes - and whether the agency was effective in preventing fraud, waste and abuse in the program.
excerpt from, "U.S. farmers still dependent on trade aid after China deal"
Because of the lockdowns 3 months ago. Like these farmers.. https://youtu.be/JMxkb-YrqIY. Without farmers its make it hard to feed the those living like ants in their multistory appartments. Maybe they think that china will feed them.. Geting aid from the government all that does is give them greater debt. Praying. ūüôŹūüĎćūüėö