ARE FARMERS RICH?

lindsaychichester:

Several of my friends recently sent this blog post to me because I have blogged about a similar topic Growing up a rich rancher’s kid. Lindsay Mitchell, the author of this piece does a nice job of explaining and providing examples of where and how the money is spent.

Originally posted on :

bag of moneyNot surprisingly, it’s one of our highest ranking search terms.  Apparently, tons of people want to know if farmers are rich.

And I think the answer is, no.  They are rich in all the things that matter, but are pretty middle class.  They just deal with a lot of money coming in AND a lot of money going out.  And all that money coming in looks like a lot if you don’t know the whole story.

So here it is … the whole story.  I hope you take the time to read through what sounds confusing and get to the summary at the bottom because it’s worth it!  Promise.

INPUT COSTS

In order to grow a crop, farmers must buy things like seeds, equipment, chemicals and fertilizer (surely one of you has a bag of Miracle Gro around for the garden, right?).  And there are also the costs that you…

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Happy October…Wordless Wednesday

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I put the link of my blog into tagxedo.com and it generated this awesome little word cloud using commonly used words from my blog. Happy October to you! ——————————————– – Website (http://food.unl.edu/ag-and-food) – Twitter/Instagram (agwithdrlindsay) – Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/agwithdrlindsay) – Pinterest … Continue reading

Camaraderie in agriculture

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The Saunders County Livestock Association’s Board of Directors recently went on a tour to each other’s farming operations. We were able to share joy through stories of family, generational friendships, centennial farms (farms that have been in one family for … Continue reading

Broth vs Stock – There is a difference!

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I recently blogged about my crock-pot chicken, and how I froze the broth. A reader asked if I ever further boiled down the bones and fat. I have not done it for chicken, but as I researched it more, I … Continue reading

Horseback in the Mountains…Throwback Thursday

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I had so much fun digging out old steer showing pictures for last week’s throwback Thursday, that I dug back into the photo archives (as it was before digital existed) to bring you more of my favorites. One of our … Continue reading

Grocery Gab Part I

lindsaychichester:

I recently came across this blog post, which I thought was excellent for demonstrating the differences in price between conventional and organic foods – even though there are no differences nutritionally or in safety!

Originally posted on Fit Girl. Foodie. Fashionista.:

Choices are important, I couldn’t agree more.  Especially when it comes to food! I’m not a picky eater, but I am conscious of what I put in my body and how my body might respond.

While I was venturing through the produce section on my most recent trip to the grocery store, I caught myself saying “thank goodness I don’t often eat organic produce,” when I noticed how much higher the prices were for organic produce vs. conventionally grown (again, this doesn’t mean GMOs). As a twenty-something gal, I’m looking for the BEST foods to fuel my body at the best price possible. (Before we dive into the details, I would like to state that I am not opposed to organic food. I am simply PRO- safe & nutritious FOOD. I myself eat both organic and conventional foods and I respect friends, family and society for eating what they like best. I simply want to…

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