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    Default Is the Second Farm Crisis Upon Us?


    SIENA CHRISMAN
    September 10, 2018

    Farmers across the country are in a state of emergency with dairy and grain producers, new farmers, and farmers of color being hit the hardest.


    Joe Schroeder works as a farm advocate for Farm Aid, where he answers calls to the group’s farmer hotline. The calls, which are up 30 percent over last year, range from routine questions about navigating federal programs and exploring credit options to dire pleas for help from farmers who have run out of ways to keep their businesses solvent. He has heard from three or four suicidal farmers each month this summer.


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    Re: "Get big or get out": the first rule of working with any kind of crop production is, make sure of your market before you even begin. And that applies to everything from pork to poinsettias. You should have your crop sold before you order the first seed or cutting. Of course, this season is complicated by the addition of tariffs on commodities that will radically change market conditions. No one could have predicted that. (That is, it's entirely possible to predict the outcome of tariffs on the global market; what was not possible to project was whether tariffs would ever be applied.)
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