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A Saskatoon economist says it's become clear farmers on the Prairies can no longer make money growing crops, and government officials must now decide if they want to keep farmers on the land – or help them leave.
Hartley Furtan, an agricultural economist at the University of Saskatchewan, says Prairie farmers can no longer make any money growing grains and oilseeds for export, which is forcing family farmers off the land.
Furtan: "When we look at a hundred years down the road, or two hundred years down the road, might we need this industry to be a source of energy, a source of food, because of climate change etc. Yes we might."
its funny how you mention how you can just sell 1 acre plots you know nothing of farm life no one wants to move out to the country they all want to live in cities.
the equipment is unimaganable where just a mid size farmer but a harverster is ~200K and a tracter is 100K thats probaby more than your house is worth
i take checks to the bank that is as much as your parents or you make in a year and its all we can do is barly brake even think about that.
Originally posted by Dulcimer
This funding needs to go into market expansion. Take that money and get us some markets !
Leaked documents seen by the Guardian show that Canada wants all governments to accept the testing and commercialisation of "terminator" crop varieties. These are genetically engineered to produce only infertile seeds which farmers cannot replant.
Originally posted by Roper
Dulcimer, put the farm ground in grass and raise cattle, save a little back for your own feed needs.
BTW I have 16 fancy Angus heifers for sale I can get you started.
Right now the meat goat mkt. is a growing thing. Mexicans like goat.
If I Had to try to keep up with a few hundred goats, I go nutz!
BTW out here in the Okla. Panhandle,Texas Panhandle, SW. Kansas, WE NEED RAIN! There is no dry land wheat! It's going to take 6" of moisture to break this drought and that just isn't looking good.
We just had our annual performance bull sale, sold 70 bulls and the average was 2,580 $, up from last year.