Brumm Speaks Out: The changing face of rural communities

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In the past few weeks I’ve put on quite a few miles as I’ve worked with producers and production systems across the upper Midwest. With so much road time I’ve had a chance to think about the importance of pork production as an opportunity for youth to return to the farm. At the same time I’ve remembered all of the controversy that has been associated with pork production in many states.

As I drove the by-ways of the Midwest I saw lots of large planters and ground-preparation equipment. It is not uncommon to have corn/soybean farmers in rural communities farming over 5000 acres of row crops with the more aggressive operators controlling over 15,000 acres. Federally subsidized crop insurance is one of the many risk management tools they have successfully used on their growth path.

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NW Indiana  |  May, 08, 2013 at 11:55 AM

IndianaJohn speaks out; I lived in Chicago, as a workingman from 1961 to 2000. During that time I saw Chicago go from a world class manufacturing city to a third world slum. This was due to the decline of industry and third world migration at the same time. In recent years the third world has migrated to Rural America. This migration will make Rural America a third world slum also. This slumming is already reproducing in some of the young rural families. You would not allow the same in your livestock herd, flock, or litter. I'm an older man who is finishing his working years in a hog finishing barn. Thanks for reading.


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