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User Info So, 70% Of Farms Are Committing Crimes; entered at 2017-11-13 19:01:52
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Registered: 2008-10-17 PNW
I flew a plane from Washington to Minnesota on September 1 and went back to pick it up on October 1. In Minnesota it was quite obvious that homesteads from the way back machine are largely intact. 100-ish acres in a grid. A stand of trees that someone planted 100 years ago around the house now provide great shade and windbreak.

Some of the homesteads are cattle and some grow various crops. Some are a mix, but there are almost no large farms. I asked about it and was told (by people who said their family had one of these farms) that they are tightly held by families and when they do sell it's for at least $18k/acre. They're not shy about calling it a family asset and a fallback in tough times.

Contrast that with eastern WA where the family farms were all condensed LONG ago. The kids who inherited didn't want back breaking work that was also feast or famine (literally). Most farm houses you see are not occupied and if they are it is by a renter who has nothing to do with farm operations.
A small farm is more like 6,000 acres and owned by a corporation.

2017-11-13 19:01:52