This article is just what it says: Insight. In a way, it brings an understanding to what I saw as I traveled around the country seeing for the first time the vanishing American family farm. As good as the article is; is a sad a situation as I have seen in a long time. The article points out that there is vanishing segment of the population that had a lot of tradition and wisdom that is being lost as we become a nation of parasitic urbanites.
As I remember during the Vietnam war, it was the agricultural heartland, where the first serious opposition to the war grew. As an army Basic Training Company commander at Ft. Ord, California, I used to get fills from Oakland, Los Angeles and the midwest. I loved and looked forward to the midwest fills as they were farm boys in good health members of National Guard units that had decades of local history and less than a five percent drop out rate. Where as the fills from Oakland and Los Angeles were physicaly sorry but full of attitude. When push came to shove they could not shoot a rifle, complete the forced marches and had no stamina.
There was also a remarkable difference in education. The farm boys were well grounded in education and had a sense of civic pride in the community they came from, low drug usage rates and a willingness to look the situation in the eye. Those coming from Los Angeles and Oakland had drug histories, gang pride as opposed to civic pride and low literacy rates.
I think the most telling part of the article comes from “….While the exodus of family farmers and influx of investors has been going on for years, the surge in prices is “speeding it up”, says Todd Hattermann, an auctioneer and real estate salesman for Vander Werff and Associates in Sanborn, Iowa.
TRADITIONS, KNOWLEDGE LOST
It is an emotional shift for a place like Iowa, where families who have labored on their land for a century are honored each summer at the state fair.
This enthusiasm, some fear, will further accelerate the loss of agrarian knowledge and speed up the emptying out of rural America.
The higher prices, too, have started to squeeze out smaller farmers who remain, but are unable to compete against their wealthier peers and outsiders eager to hedge their portfolio. Some critics worry that the pursuit of profits will outweigh concerns over maintaining the long-term health of the soil…..”For more of the story, follow the link: Insight: In Iowa, farmland boom means end of an era for many