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- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Chantelle Becking strives to make a difference through her family and community (11/10/17)
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Jackson elementary students try to help others with 'kindness boxes' (11/6/17)1
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Search reveals body in lake near Poplar Bluff; foul play suspected (11/12/17)
The (Independence, Mo.) Examiner
It's sad to see a way of life change so dramatically. New statistics show Missouri's number of farms continuous decline. The number of farms in our state has fallen to 106,000, nearly one-fourth fewer than the number 30 years ago. Smaller farms are the ones hit hardest.
America's farmers remain amazingly productive, providing affordable food for the nation and exports for the world. The average farm family, however, finds itself stretched tighter and tighter, as rural America undergoes dramatic changes that generally go unnoticed in cities and suburbs. ...
One of the cold realities of an increasingly globalized economy is that those who produce raw commodities -- soybeans, cattle, gold, timber, you name it -- have the least power in the marketplace. They are the most vulnerable to the whims of rising and falling prices.
Another reality of an increasingly globalized economy is the rise of what's derisively called corporate farming. The owners are following a clear demand of the marketplace: Get bigger to spread costs over a larger operation. In the process, however, it's often the family farmer who gets squeezed.