a few years ago farming even for small farms like mine could be very profitable.
we have plenty of ground water --however it is now too expensive to pump to irrigate large areas. before energy prices shot up you could irrigate enough of the land during a dry spell to get by. you can't do this any more and make any profit.
livestock is also very iffy --expensive feed and hay --even transport has got out of hand.
a lot of the smaller farms are either shut down or nearly shut down.
i don't farm anymore --i just garden and raise a few cows for the deep freezer.
and to all those people who think they can live off the land--
back when DeSoto trekked this land the land was full of game and the waters full of fish, there was fruit trees and vines everywhere.
the native population was estimated to be 5,000 to 8,000.
today this area has over 3,000,000 people.
foraging is going to get real lean real quick.
no fricking way 3,000,000 can live off the land.
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