posted on May, 29 2013 @ 06:48 PM
So, 1 year and 2 days ago - I made a post regarding a visit from a USDA inspector. You can read that exchange here:
USDA inspector visited my house this morning
This morning, it happened again. The same questions were asked, along with a few new ones.
What kinds of livestock do you have, and how many: 7 chickens and 40 quail (she was careful to get these numbers right)
What were your livestock sales last year: $0 - we don't sell anything
What crops do you have: No crops, small garden
What were your crop sales last year: $0 - we don't sell anything
What kind of internet do you have: Unreliable, overpriced, and slow (this was new)
Do you purchase supplies or equipment for your "farm operation" online: We don't have an operation, just a few animals for personal use (this was
Again, I questioned why we were targeted by the USDA. The inspector didn't know why we were on her list. I explained that I had recently received
the USDA farm census, followed by a threat of prosecution if I failed to fill it out. She said that nobody has ever been prosecuted. I still don't
like being threatened - especially by government.
The whole thing bothers me. They know I'm not a commercial "operation", not only from my statements - but from the minuscule numbers of animals I
have. If I were to sell eggs - I might have enough production to make $50 a week. If I were to sell birds - I might have enough to get a one-time
$200. My tiny 25'x50' garden produces very little.
So why are they so interested in me? Why are they interested in other locals who have equally small numbers? Why is it so important to keep track of
every scrap of potential food?