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YOUR OPINION: Profits per acre

November 23, 2022 at 3:15 a.m.


Webster Davis, Auxvasse

Dear Editor,

With harvest season upon us, I'd like to ask my neighbors to rethink how we measure a successful season. We're used to focusing solely on bushels per acre -- we might even get a "Bin Buster" award for highest yield. Yet countless family farms are going out of business chasing those high yields as input costs skyrocket. So why aren't we talking about profit per acre instead?

Agrochemical corporations and trade organizations have centered the public conversation around yields instead of profits, deceiving farmers into acting against our own best interests. They have led us to farm for government subsidies, but the more bushels we produce, the more money the commodity groups and agrochemical corporations make. We empty our pockets on more herbicide or fertilizer and degrade our land -- but at the end of the season, what do we have to show for it other than a "Bin Buster" award?

This focus on yields is bankrupting our farmers and funneling money into Big Ag's pockets.

Wouldn't it be better to get an award called the "Bank Buster" that puts the focus on profit per acre? Let's change the conversation so we can put our own profits and the sustainability of our family farms first.


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