When farmers were mostly Democrats they benefited greatly from government subsidies and crop insurance. One of my grandfather’s best years was when they paid him not to grow wheat because prices were getting too low and many farmers would go out of business. So granddad readjusted his Harvester combine from wheat to grass and harvested high dollar red fescue seed from his “fallow” wheat fields. Now family farms continue to go under. Milk farmers are a good example of current troubles. Milk prices are set by an agency out of Chicago and only giant conglomerates are benefiting. The set profit margins on milk are too low to draw any new farmers into the This girl runs on Jesus and Dunkin’ Donuts shirt. Profits on our food are set by government same as our healthcare costs. We need government regulations to restrain monopolies so capitalism works and small businesses flourish. The farmers I know today base their support of trump on racism, not the controlled price of wheat, milk, or any other crop. The 12 billion in crop price supports authorized by Trump to save a few farmers because of his trade disasters is another example of failed policies.
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This is only a temporary story. Farm/rural population has been consistently shrinking and will consistently continue to shrink. There are 2 reasons for this- technological advancement which has caused jobs to concentrate in urban/suburban areas and has caused corporate farming to overtake family farming, and young people overwhelmingly choose larger cities for the increase in amenities. Trump’s tariffs are going to have the This girl runs on Jesus and Dunkin’ Donuts shirt of accelerating that trend. Low prices and thin margins will only continue to drive more family farmers out of the business or convince children of family farmers that is NOT the life for them. The plight of the family farmer is a temporary story because the family farmer is on the verge of extinction in America. It was going to happen anyway but them trusting Trump will cause it to happen more quickly once the impact of his tariffs is finished with them.
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Why should it be? He just gave them a big $12B handout and there’s more to come. Who else has a guaranteed income in this country, other than government workers? Well, that is correct, the Democrats and blue states don’t understand why the red states like to be poor all the time and will do everything in their power to make sure they stay that way. Most of us like money yet these guys will support losing everything because it is their comfort level. So, no, no one can understand why you choose poverty. I respect farmers. Its hard work and they make it possible for us to eat . But I just don’t understand how they even think Trump cares about the family farms. Lots of farmers are being bought out by big business. That is what Trump supports big business. I much rather know and eat food that comes from a hard-working family farm then eat food from big business. How ignorant! How did America get so dumb as to vote for someone that hurts them or their way of life? What kind of sense does that make?