Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Good News in Farm Country

“For 2006, the average farmer enrolled in the Riverland Farm Business Management program had a very good year,” said Peter Scheffert, Dean of management education programs for Riverland. “Average net farm income was $89,443, down from $103,637 in 2005 and $90,969 in 2004.
From the Albert Lea (MN) Tribune.

Economics of Producing Methane From Manure Is Improving
From Wallaces Farmer

Grassley applauds effort to "out" non-farmers who get federal farm subsidies. From Radio Iowa

Which of course reminded me of one of the oddest stories of the last few years:
"British marines returning from an operation deep in the Afghan mountains spoke last night of an alarming new threat - being propositioned by swarms of gay local farmers."

"It was hell," said Corporal Paul Richard, 20. "Every village we went into we got a group of men wearing make-up coming up, stroking our hair and cheeks and making kissing noises."

From: The Scotsman May 24, 2002