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Honored Advisor

Re: Farm bankruptcies

Here`s kind of a "farm movie" about River City aka Mason City, Iowa, called The Music Man.  Con man Harold Hill said "you got trouble, right here in River City!" and he was trying to sell the rubes (without indoor plumbing),  76 trombones.   

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Music_Man   

 

The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naive Midwestern townsfolk, promising to train the members of the new band. Harold is no musician, however, and plans to skip town without giving any music lessons. Prim librarian and piano teacher Marian sees through him, but when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness, Marian begins to fall in love. Harold risks being caught to win her.

 

 

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Senior Contributor

Re: Farm bankruptcies

Yeah well they should have listened to them then, maybe they would have avoided the 1980s. I imagine that a trombone could have been turned into a pretty good seeder back in the 50's and 60's, would have saved a lot of wear and tear on the farmers' toes.

 

And if the farmers back then were filled with as much hot air as some have today, I would bet they could have been pretty good musicians and at least made a decent living on the weekends.

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Veteran Advisor

Re: Farm bankruptcies

Insanity   =  Repetitive - ness  +  Expert - tive  -ness   and  the  lender  is  ?

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Re: Farm bankruptcies

Maybe its good in Minnesota but their crying over spilled milk in Wisconsin. Which makes me wonder even more about how the heck are these sub-industry farms managed where they can be going bust in one State while expanding in a neighboring State ? Makes my argument for small farm cooperative action even more needed, it seems the left hand is often fighting against the right hand in the farming industry.

 

https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-pace-hit-highest-loss-dairy-farms-4-years

 

https://www.dairyherd.com/article/more-4-wisconsin-dairy-farms-call-it-quits-2018-so-far

 

https://www.livekindly.co/338-wisconsin-dairy-farms-vegan/

 

https://www.jsonline.com/story/money/business/2018/06/27/wisconsin-dairy-farmers-cheesemakers-risk-r...

 

https://www.foxnews.com/us/dairy-farm-turns-to-gofundme-for-survival

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Senior Contributor

Re: Farm bankruptcies

Actually I think this definition makes more sense when applied to some of the good folk around here :

 

Madness = doing the same failed task over and again using the same methods, thinking that the outcome somehow will change.

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Re: Farm bankruptcies

Last year some mostly Wisconsin dairy farms had their contracts canceled by a Canadian company and there was a scramble to get rid of their milk in a new market.  If they did, the new place was probably must less price, so they now have money troubles.  The way I see it, if you produce organic milk, you are doing quite well, if you have 6,000 cows and a contract with Blue Bunny, you are doing quite well.  If you are in the middle somewhere, you`re working for free.

 

https://www.jsonline.com/story/money/business/2017/04/05/wisconsin-dairy-farmers-shut-out-canadian-m...  

 

 

Dozens of Wisconsin dairy farms could be forced out of business because of trade dispute

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Dairy farms in Wisconsin and other states could be forced out of business as early as May because of a trade dispute that has halted the export of their milk to Canada.

About 75 farms in Wisconsin have already been told that, in less than 30 days, Grassland Dairy Products of Greenwood will no longer buy their milk – leaving the farms without a place to ship their product in an already oversupplied market.

At issue is a U.S-Canada trade dispute over what’s called “ultra-filtered milk,” a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese. Grassland said it lost its Canadian business when Canada changed its dairy policies to favor domestic milk over a supply from the U.S.

The losses for the dairy industries in Wisconsin and New York alone – in not having Canada as a market for ultra-filtered milk – could run into hundreds of millions of dollars, according to the National Milk Producers Federation, an Arlington, Va., trade group.

“More broadly, tens of thousands of dairy farmers will be affected by the larger scope of what Canada is doing, which is using pricing policy to offload milk powder in global markets where it will be competing with U.S. exports," said Chris Galen, afederation senior vice president."This is truly a national concern.” 

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Senior Contributor

Re: Farm bankruptcies

the reality of it is that the processors will produce package and sell at what ever price they want.

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Re: Farm bankruptcies

Aren't the Minnesota dairy farmers subject to the same trade issues as those in Wisconsin ? Yet they are expanding in Minnesota while get crushed in Wisconsin ? Does the right hand know what the left hand is doing ? 

 

If you ask  me, the Midwestern farmers need a Cesar Chavez-type of guy - for the owners, nit the laborers - to get them all on the same page advocating for the same policies. 

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Honored Advisor

Re: Farm bankruptcies

I assume it`s a regional difference, Wisconsin farmers put more of their "eggs in the Canadian basket". But if you`re big enough to get a contract with Anderson-Erickson, Kemps and such the milk board price is just something to base your contracts off of. Being organic would be the way to go if you`re small and independent.   Kind of funny but organic dairies have Lely robotic milkers and they have partial slats and lagoons, the cows just have access to thistle infested pastures   Smiley Happy

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Re: Farm bankruptcies

Robotic milkers ? No wonder those Wisconsin farmers are quitting in such large numbers, takes all their fun away if they can't grab an utter or two at daybreak !

 

I can just imagine the work they'll be doing once they leave the farm...       

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