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[–]kayjay25 14.1k points14.1k points  (181 children)

This guy farms so hard even his head is cropped.

[–]AssumeTheFetal 3598 points3599 points  (103 children)

He's outstanding in his field.

[–]DrSeuzz 1172 points1173 points  (78 children)

This is better than all other farmer jokes combined.

Edit: Oh Deere, what have we started?

[–]HipsterGalt 381 points382 points  (63 children)

These jokes are threshing me.

[–]mistere213 417 points418 points  (57 children)

I dunno, they're a little corny for me.

[–]wlmsn 369 points370 points  (52 children)

We should bale

[–]Echieo 245 points246 points  (43 children)

Hay, don't go putting the cart before the horse.

[–]DrSeuzz 368 points369 points  (34 children)

It’s ok, I’m a stable genius.

[–]CSKING444 222 points223 points  (31 children)

God Dammit, if there are any more Farming Puns, lettuce know

[–]plasker6 60 points61 points  (0 children)

Till next time

[–]haelansoul 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Turnip the beet and let the barn dance continue.

[–]tnturner 41 points42 points  (0 children)

I go against the grain.

[–]ijustwant2argueagain 29 points30 points  (1 child)

He counted his eggs before they hatched

[–]Mr_Maxwell_Smart 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Dozen matter...

[–]wormee 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Why are you feeding us these terrible puns?

[–]midusyouch 56 points57 points  (1 child)

Wheat just a minute...

[–]YouBoreMeToDeath 9 points10 points  (0 children)

His favorite song is Harvester of Sorrow.

[–]Moldiemom 54 points55 points  (0 children)

This thread’s kinda grown on me.

[–]grandboyman 18 points19 points  (3 children)

Bean there done that

[–]Trevelyan2 22 points23 points  (2 children)

Think this thread’s been milked

[–]TonyDanza888 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Nah, they're a-maize-ing

[–]daddyGDOG 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Sow, what's left to pun? Peas let me know as you plow through this feed.

[–]Robes17 41 points42 points  (1 child)

Hay, hay now.

[–]kchev75 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Don't dream it's clover.

[–]overlyattachedbf 10 points11 points  (0 children)

They are sheer poultry.

[–]sarah-xxx 31 points32 points  (4 children)

Now he'll get to farm that sweet sweet karma thanks to it.

[–]Throttlechopper 30 points31 points  (0 children)

He’s milking it for all its worth.

[–]TheSecondApocalypse 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Go on then, reap your karma.

[–]Toweliee420 231 points232 points  (9 children)

Dad? Have you gotten the cigarettes yet?

[–]iliketothinkicansing 105 points106 points  (5 children)

Man that's so corny.

[–]donquixote1991 37 points38 points  (4 children)

Aw shucks

[–]Reybacca 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Yet there is a kernel of truth.

[–]DrSeuzz 51 points52 points  (4 children)

He’s on his phone like “Haaaaay girl”

[–]chanaleh 2379 points2380 points  (24 children)

He should go back to selling propane and propane accessories.

[–]XxMETALLICATxX 498 points499 points  (4 children)

6am and that boy already ain’t right

[–]ktbrow2 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Maybe I'll take him to work, show him how his old man pays for his bath salts!

[–]FuckYouTomCotton 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Got-dangit Dale!

[–]-Mr_Burns 58 points59 points  (2 children)

Bobby! I got propane in my urethra!

[–]President_Bud 11 points12 points  (0 children)

🎵propane propane🎵

[–]Noshamina 5939 points5940 points  (626 children)

Am farmer; can confirm. Although I'm organic so people think I'm saving them when in reality I just lose more money

[–]retief1 2421 points2422 points  (48 children)

When the farmer won the lottery, what did he do with the money?

Farm until it was all gone.

[–]defaulting 1195 points1196 points  (11 children)

Similar:

How do you make a small fortune in farming? Start with a big fortune.

[–]bertcox 166 points167 points  (8 children)

Works for aviation too. Lots of farmers like flying, maybe its a genetic thing, they are attracted to things that lose money.

[–]rOtringofDeath 39 points40 points  (6 children)

boats too, I'd assume.

[–]kinyutaka 53 points54 points  (4 children)

You know what BOAT stands for, right?

Bust Out Another Thousand

[–]baseballfan3030 49 points50 points  (0 children)

The happiest days of a man's life are when he buys a boat and when he sells the boat.

[–]poopellar 204 points205 points  (17 children)

TIL Farming can control inflation.

[–]sarah-xxx 97 points98 points  (8 children)

Bit corny, but I like it..

[–]That_Film_Guy 427 points428 points  (156 children)

Average wages of farmers annually

As a farmer, do you mostly save on food costs? Also, do you have massive assets in your land and machinery?

[–]SkinSuitUnSub 472 points473 points  (40 children)

lmao when I got to the part about farming not being a growing business

[–]mostnormal 165 points166 points  (15 children)

The business of "growing things" is not a "growing business." I wonder if the author saw the humor.

[–]theProject 177 points178 points  (13 children)

Ironic. He could grow other things, but not his own business.

[–]UnperformedTug 75 points76 points  (3 children)

It's not a story the grocers would tell you.

[–]Jaccount 37 points38 points  (0 children)

I don't like soil. It's dank and moist and everything grows in it.

[–]hobskhan 13 points14 points  (1 child)

It’s growing season then.

[–]annodam 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Is it possible to learn this business?

[–]Kakarot_faps 65 points66 points  (22 children)

It’s like 2% of jobs in the USA, when decades ago it was like 60%. In that sense it’s certainly not growing.

[–]catechlism9854 34 points35 points  (0 children)

It's a growing business, as in they grow things.

[–]Nanonaut 120 points121 points  (12 children)

He may be a fruit or vegetable farmer in which case, probably not. My parents grow 40 acres of cherries and apples. We eat a lot of those two things, but its not reducing the amount of other food you'd want.

[–]FuckinDominica 82 points83 points  (9 children)

Yup we grow grapes and nuts. We could try to love on just those, but our grocery bills are as high as anyone else's. I don't think too many Americans are subsistence farmers these days

[–]Riptides75 118 points119 points  (1 child)

Have you thought about getting into the cereal business? I mean it's like you're half way there already.

[–]minddropstudios 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Hey wait a minute, there aren't any grapes OR nuts in this! WTF!

[–]left_handed_violist 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Based on the conversations I’ve had with farmers, I’m guessing land maybe. But machinery? Probs a money sucker for the maintenance.

They probably wouldn’t save too much on food costs unless they had a very diverse farm in terms what they plant/what animals they had. Most farms in the Midwest focus on one thing. Farms where I live now (Oregon) seem to have more variety of plants and animals.

[–]Gilandb 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I got to the part about from dawn til dusk. It is way before dawn, til well after dusk. In the southwest, irrigation can happen at night. I remember farm hands sleeping in the field near the end so when the water got there it would wake them up to go turn it off. This method is NOT recommended as the creepy crawlies flee the water, generally over you.

[–]Thirdnipple79 254 points255 points  (202 children)

Can I ask you a couple of serious questions?

  • why do you stay in farming if you aren't making money in the long-term?
  • are there just more farmers and food than needed? If so then wouldn't it be beneficial for society if there were fewer farmers and the resources were put into something else?

I'm asking because I'm genuinely curious. Please don't take these questions the wrong way.

Edit: you guys are awesome. Thanks for so many responses. There's definitely a variety of responses, but from them I have gathered that:

  • farming income is not consistent from year to year but successful farms will make money in the long-term
  • most money is tied up in assets such as land and equipment
  • you all love the work even though it's hard
  • like other businesses there is a serious impact on profitability based on location and product

I seriously appreciate the responses. I work in a completely different field so I have next to no experience in farming other than the shitty garden I try and grow ever year but fails.

[–]Reigningchamp4eva 82 points83 points  (4 children)

I’m far from an expert on farming but from articles I’ve read it’s mostly low margins, high asset requirements and uncertainty about freak weather events/yields that make it a relatively high stress and normal paying job.

The pay in absolute terms isn’t so bad, but you feel like you’re basically about to go under at any moment because margins are pretty thin and risk factors are totally out of your control (weather, legislation, price of your crop goes down).

Few businesses have such high capital requirements, low margin and factors outside your control as farming.

Their actual wage isn’t that low, it’s 50-60k as someone else pointed out. It just feels low when your farm equipment you use daily might cost 5-15x as much as you make in a year.

[–]solomute 193 points194 points  (59 children)

  • are there just more farmers and food than needed? If so then wouldn't it be beneficial for society if there were fewer farmers and the resources were put into something else?

I have a feeling the answer to this is "you're not gonna like what happens to the price of food if this happens"

[–]TechnocratNextDoor 85 points86 points  (29 children)

Except that some of what is being produced is going towards demand that doesn't actually need to exist, like ethanol.

Oversupply matched by overdemand. We could easily downscale both sides of the equation without increasing prices.

[–]Ibbot 50 points51 points  (14 children)

Or being thrown out becuase it doesn't look perfect. We can reduce the actual supply a lot without reducing the apparent supply at all.

[–]reven80 29 points30 points  (2 children)

Some of the imperfect stuff is still used in things like canned vegetables, sauces, animal feed, etc.

[–]minddropstudios 34 points35 points  (2 children)

Yes, I was really happy to see that my supermarket has a 'misfit' vegetables section. It is just food that doesn't look perfect, but is exactly the same otherwise. A lot of the problems with food waste and the supply chain come from the bottom with people who are super picky. It takes a lot to break the habit too. It's hard to spend money on something that doesn't seem as perfect as the other product, and it takes a willing effort (at least for me) to tell myself to stop being a baby, and pick the wonky looking red pepper.

[–]Dudwithacake 10 points11 points  (5 children)

Keep in mind: not all farm crops are exclusively food. Corn can be put into ethanol, for example. And a lot of the corn I grow is used in feed for pigs. Which is still producing food, yes, but not as directly as you think.

[–]echobase_2000 26 points27 points  (5 children)

Keep in mind farming’s not a job, it’s a way of life. You live on the land you farm. It’s not easy to just go do something different.

[–]nuqjatlh 17 points18 points  (2 children)

I'm not the OP, neither a farmer, though I did live and work on a farm when I was a kid:

My guess is that they really love what they do. I know my grandpa did. And the hope is that those that don't really love what they do they give up farming, therefore ending up with fewer, but richer farmers.

And, for a lot of them (as is the case for most middle-age/older people), they simply don't know anything else, so ... that's what they know, that's what they do.

[–]Joshuages2 27 points28 points  (21 children)

Is it true you end up producing less food with the same amount of land?

[–]Wutsluvgot2dowitit 60 points61 points  (1 child)

Yes. Non organic fertilizers and pesticides allow for higher yields per acre.

[–]CptJames32 36 points37 points  (13 children)

If you farm organic yes

Soruce: am a farmer

[–]armyofcowness[🍰] 21 points22 points  (36 children)

Dairy farmer here.

The toughest part of our industry is the broken pricing system. The price of milk is set by the government by an archaic legislative formula (based on the price of cheese on the Chicago milk exchange). You get paid the same if you have 10 cows or 10,000. Obviously the 10,000 cow guy is able to negotiate better prices for his input costs and buy much better equipment. This effect is unlike any other industry, where your margins / end price decrease the more product you make.

It's kind of like putting a generator in your basement and competing with a power plant. A lot of people love it and hang in there, but it's tough.

Edit: Sorry - you guys below are right - it's not capitalism. Prices dairy farmers get are set by the government. You get the same price regardless of the size of your business. There is a rule of business that your margins decrease as your business gets larger (you get less money because you are more of a wholesaler). Dairy farms price and margins are set. It's just as easy to sell 10,000 gallons of milk as it is 100. The buy local movement helps, but not a lot of farmers have time to sell their products.

High volume means lower margin. Walmart sells a huge amount of stuff because they lowered their prices. Buying is the opposite - you get a discount when you buy a whole lot of something...

Imagine if there was a law that said all stores must charge the same price. Everything at Walmart has to cost the same as everything at the corner gas station. If you're not Walmart it's not worth trying to sell anything...

[–]vrgr23 375 points376 points  (69 children)

Who thinks farmers are trying to kill people and why?

[–]Samurai_Crack 378 points379 points  (39 children)

Using gmos and certain pestacides. Pretty sure ddt is illegal these days. I used to be one of those foil hat wearing conspiracy theorists.

[–]facial_feces 115 points116 points  (15 children)

DDT is illegal to use, or sell domestically. US & Canada still make DDT, but sell it to "shithole countries". That's been going on since it was banned in the 70's.

[–]weedstockman 36 points37 points  (3 children)

Same with asbestos we love exporting that shit

[–]recommendmeapodcast 16 points17 points  (6 children)

Yeah turns out saving millions from malaria is worth quite a few drawbacks.

[–]Deto 6 points7 points  (5 children)

Yeah, if I remember the health risks from DDT ended up being really overblown?

[–]Fizzarina 12 points13 points  (0 children)

shithole countries

Too soon

[–]WalkTheDock 20 points21 points  (6 children)

People think that GMO's are bad and give them cancer when in reality it's just plant sex, then they bitch and moan about pesticides being used when GM crops require less pesticides and water but they hate them because they think that they are scary test tube plants.

[–]runnerman8 103 points104 points  (3 children)

To be fair, he does look like he wants to kill me.

[–]Mikellow 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Being from a rural part of PA I feel like a better ending of that shirt would comment on people being mad about getting stuck behind a tractor. I've never heard people thinking farmer's are out to kill them, just make them late for work.

[–]Daan101_ 1243 points1244 points  (494 children)

People thing farmers are trying to kill them? What?

[–]ItsSnuffsis 2282 points2283 points  (353 children)

Gmos are bad mmmkay

[–]Chem_is_tree_guy 2374 points2375 points  (24 children)

That explains people always talking about Big Farma!

[–]Stinky_Pumbaa 408 points409 points  (3 children)

I've clicked reply 10 times to say something to you, but this is the first time I'm just... I still have nothing. Congrats.

[–]redrider134 100 points101 points  (0 children)

It's ok, it happens to the best of us, just try to not focus on it too hard

[–]verylobsterlike 59 points60 points  (0 children)

Just so you know for next time, you only have to press it once.

[–]Beerasaurus_Wrecks 108 points109 points  (9 children)

As an ex-Whole Foods employee... Just hearing the term GMO now makes my blood boil. 99.9% of people have NO IDEA what it actually means, nor attempt to educate themselves in the slightest. Trying to have an honest conversation about it was like banging my head against a wall.

Also, was primarily a bartender at my location, so fueling hippie-chic soccer moms with bottles of wine at 11am and being forced to endure their drunken lectures about it didn’t help (Just smile and nod, maybe they’ll tip well).

[–]Yoshiezibz 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I love GMO it is the answer to many things. Food shortages, tastier food, no need for pesticides yet people think "huurr durr cancer".

I have to bite my tongue every time I hear people in work talk about it. It's so aggravating.

[–]dongasaurus 24 points25 points  (2 children)

That's a very specific population though, the type of 'liberal' that is anti corporate and anti-gmo yet shops for groceries at an Amazon owned retailer.

[–]trc_IO 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Namely, the sort of population that doesn't think hard about their political positions at all. The world full of them.

[–]cantlurkanymore 325 points326 points  (211 children)

genetically modified organism is a funny term because there aren't any organisms on earth that have not had their genes modified over time

[–]cellygirl 197 points198 points  (62 children)

Cell biologist here. The term means altered via human interference. Fwiw, the term is still funny because that captures a lot of different methods. But we wouldn't use it to describe evolution outside of human intervention.

[–]dontbothertoknock 140 points141 points  (42 children)

Geneticist here. I agree. But I always say, "When we do artificial selection, we don't know what the fuck we're doing genetically. at least we know what we're changing with GMOs."

[–]snugglebandit 47 points48 points  (3 children)

Not any sort of scientist at all here. I explained it to my kids like this: We used to use a sledgehammer, now we have a scalpel.

[–]T3chnicalC0rrection 10 points11 points  (7 children)

As someone who's mother thinks GMOs are bad it is because we don't know what else they are adding or how the things they change affect our bodies, I'm sorry.

I've tried to point out that genes are added from organisms we also know, not just willy nilly or the 60s method of irradiate it an see what happens. However the internet is full of crazy anecdotal evidences and blogs of people who say crazy things with PhDs in unrelated subjects.

[–]ZeroFluxCannon 351 points352 points  (129 children)

It’s really just ignorance. A lot of people don’t quite understand what genetic material / DNA is, so the idea of it scares them, and the idea of ‘modifying’ it scares them even more. I think there was a survey recently where like over half the responses said something like “I don’t want any DNA in my food”, which is hilarious

[–]Iloveturbocars 174 points175 points  (43 children)

GMOs are a dirty word for today's society but in a future struggling with climate change they may keep much of humanity from starvation. We have the genetic toolbox to engineer heat resistant crops. Granted we need to be careful but when it comes down to survival GMOs may be our only option.

[–]A40 97 points98 points  (3 children)

Pesti- and herbi- and homi- cides!

[–]pm_me_ur_tiny_penis 57 points58 points  (2 children)

Daggum homo cides get off ma lawn!

[–]EliotHudson 419 points420 points  (61 children)

Every farmer I know (tons of them) has a chip on their shoulder and think the world is out to get them. Furthermore, they're ALWAYS complaining about government handouts and subsidies and never seem to notice that they're one of the largest receivers of government subsidies. It honestly infuriates me.

Edit: I own 3 farms and am a farmer too among other occupations

[–]_Parzival 125 points126 points  (16 children)

ive noticed that. i know a lot of farmers who complain about welfare and stuff. i dont know a whole lot of farmers who complain about corn subsidies. dudes take advantage of that even if they farm other things... plant a few acres of corn on your 20 acre farm, take a handout, keep complaining about welfare.

[–]capt_barnacles 79 points80 points  (8 children)

To play devil's advocate, they probably wouldn't complain about protectionism of coal miners or factory workers either. They believe their hard work is intrinsically valuable and justifies the payouts.

When they think about welfare they think of lazy people being paid up to nothing. This image is confirmed by the TV they watch and by the people they talk to. The generalization is of course dead wrong, but this is there they're coming from. You will never connect with them if you're comparing what is to them apples and oranges.

[–]mrembo 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Ooh that's a good point. That seems more accurate to what they think.

[–]noquarter53 23 points24 points  (13 children)

I've never heard it framed as hyperbolic as "farmers are trying to kill people", But there's a lot of warning from the scientific community on certain industrial farming activities. For example, pesticidess in plants that have some links to cancer, and antibiotics in meat that are leading to antibiotic resistant "superbugs".

The GMO stuff is generally nonsense.

[–]lenarche 203 points204 points  (1 child)

It's easy to become a millionaire by farming. You just have to start with a billion.

[–]GentlemenBehold 1437 points1438 points  (298 children)

How did he manage to get a gut like that doing hard labor over 92 hours a week?

[–]Glockshna 1810 points1811 points  (136 children)

Depending on what he's doing, he might spend a good portion of his time in power equipment.

Or he might not even be a farmer. You can get all sorts of things on the internet.

[–]Jaketh 930 points931 points  (122 children)

I've never met a farmer who isn't overweight. It's all about the diet they seem to live by, lots of carbs and meat.

[–]burninglemon 840 points841 points  (62 children)

Lots of sitting in machines.

[–]reddiculousity 860 points861 points  (39 children)

A good 10% of my time is spent in a machine. 110% of the rest of my time is spent fixing what broke while I was in the machine.

Source- farmer.

[–]MrIHadToDoIt 214 points215 points  (21 children)

I think you need to check your math on that one

[–]reddiculousity 734 points735 points  (7 children)

Can’t- shit still needs fixin

[–]XFX_Samsung 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Let the man work

[–]drunkenvalley 44 points45 points  (1 child)

Yeah, only 120% job is low for a farmer.

[–]calledyourbluff 10 points11 points  (0 children)

He’s a farmer not a mathematician LEAVE HIM ALONE!

[–]generic_apostate 31 points32 points  (15 children)

And hiring cheap labor to do the shovel swinging.

[–]kaliwraith 159 points160 points  (19 children)

My mother in law's boyfriend is a farmer. He's in good shape. He does watch what he eats, though.

You'd think a farmer would have an amazing diet but they don't necessarily grow a big variety of crops. This guy does sugar cane with soybean rotations and tbh rural areas can be food deserts.

[–]generic_apostate 101 points102 points  (6 children)

Shocking. Farmers buy food from the grocery store just like everyone else.

[–]Forgotmylemons 27 points28 points  (1 child)

ikr. People commenting saying food must be cheap for farmers. Sure like im gonna eat 1000 bushels of canada eastern red for the next five years. Goddamn the logic some people lack.

[–]whitehaitian 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Right? 300 tons of soft white wheat in the silo doesn’t mean I’m eating it night and day

[–]hazpat 56 points57 points  (2 children)

especially pot farmers

[–]Klowned 68 points69 points  (1 child)

"Can we plant a Doritos tree in the greenhouse?"

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    [–]ocelotalot 83 points84 points  (3 children)

    Bread. Corn. Cornbread. A well-rounded midwestern diet.

    [–]isume 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    Also almost all of the corn you see in the Midwest isn't for human consumption.

    [–]Totallynotsuspicious 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    Its either that or tall and very thin. Not many inbetween in my experience.

    [–]mymomisntmormon 25 points26 points  (3 children)

    My extended family are all farmers, and you're right. When they are eating 6000 calories every meal, they gain weight. The kids are all very fit, but the parents gain a lot of weight

    [–]the_fat_whisperer 26 points27 points  (2 children)

    When they are eating 6000 calories every meal, they gain weight.

    Well yeah I mean Usain Bolt would gain weight on that diet.

    [–]commandercool86 11 points12 points  (1 child)

    You can get a gut on the internet?

    [–]ChuckleKnuckles 282 points283 points  (40 children)

    Go to any construction site. You're bound to find a guy with a huge beer gut who is strong as an ox.

    [–]blongnv919 64 points65 points  (8 children)

    That would be my dad haha. His dr said he needs to lose 30 pounds.

    [–]Keyboardbash 59 points60 points  (6 children)

    My dad is fatter than yours!

    [–]letitraincandy 38 points39 points  (4 children)

    I'm fatter than your dad!

    [–]co2gamer 21 points22 points  (3 children)

    Yeah, but are you fatter than your mom?

    [–]Mackem101 30 points31 points  (22 children)

    Look at Eddie Hall, strongest man in the world but has a canny sized gut on him.

    [–]MACS5952 28 points29 points  (20 children)

    Most strong men are very, very large. zydrunas savickas has always had quite the gut. Brian shaw is pretty big in the belly. It was only recently that Thor started cutting some weight and got pretty shredded for a guy that weighs 400lbs.

    [–]chillin_n_grillin 28 points29 points  (0 children)

    He is breaking the first rule of farming. Don't get high on your own supply.

    [–]Gr1pp717 61 points62 points  (24 children)

    You've never seen fat construction workers? It's a thing.

    I think in part it's because bodies get efficient at repetitive behaviors, making those behaviors burn fewer calories than they should. And, of course, eating way too much.

    [–]acdcfanbill 22 points23 points  (1 child)

    Yea, it's easy to overeat when doing manual labor as it often makes you quite hungry.

    [–]LGRW_16 10 points11 points  (2 children)

    He farms bitcoin or maybe he's talking about harvest moon

    [–]2-cents 70 points71 points  (0 children)

    Farmers come in all shapes and sizes. Imagine that. Some aspects of farming can be labor intensive and others are not.

    [–]seth11111 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    drink tons of beer and eat lots of food

    [–]PelvicCam 297 points298 points  (228 children)

    Do farmers really lose money these days? I thought most of them are actually quite well off.

    [–]chumbucket4urmom 322 points323 points  (34 children)

    Depends on the type of farm, size of farm, and whether. The past two years have been bad in our area with floods then droughts so we've had to claim insurance on numerous fields due to a ruined crop. Three years ago, though, corn was priced through the roof and alot of people took that opportunity to buy new equipment and land. Farming runs in cycles. You'll have a few good years and then a few bad. Save up for the bad when it's good and get by in the bad.

    [–]Plutonium_man 83 points84 points  (3 children)

    Whether what? Don't leave us hanging

    [–]throtic 92 points93 points  (18 children)

    Even though you had to file insurance, you still were paid right? And government subsidies too?

    [–]c4ptainmorgan 100 points101 points  (8 children)

    Most farmers create an LLC that they run, which then pays them a salary. If the LLC goes bankrupt the debtors can go after the machinery and stuff owned by the LLC, but not personal assets. A company can also handle financial swings better than a person's personal assets.

    [–]DWiens3 10 points11 points  (2 children)

    Am farmer and farm insurance agent Crop insurance (in Canada) is only intended to recoup costs, and not to provide any profit/income. It's really only there to get you close to $0 income instead of negative. Some crops, but not all crops (again Ontario) are not subsidized. It is not as wide spread as media tends to suggest.

    [–]iinaytanii 107 points108 points  (38 children)

    Total government aid to farmers in the US was $23.9 billion in 2017.

    [–]BryansBees 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    I just wish I knew where all this farmer money is. I have been looking for grants for months and the USA really doesn't seem to like handing out money for anything.

    [–]cashwins 70 points71 points  (14 children)

    Way less than 1% of the budget buys you the cheapest and safest food supply in the world. Sounds like a good deal

    [–]cochnbahls 133 points134 points  (3 children)

    Ehhhhh...depends. a lot of the money they make has to be reinvested on next year's crops or updated tech and equipment to stay competitive.

    Supply and demand also limits how much they can bring in. A great yield lowers prices, and a bad yield raises prices.

    A lot of people have money on paper, but are one bad season from losing it all. The real money is in retirement when it all gets sold.

    [–]austeregrim 18 points19 points  (1 child)

    The reality is that this is most companies. Any small business is in the same boat, one bad year and they won't exist.

    A lot of large businesses can lose it all in a year too, but you have the people who try to slow that hemorrhage of money.

    The problem with farming vs any other business is that farmers still have the land ownership to deal with... A small business can close it's doors and walk away from the rented building.

    Large businesses can sell most of their assets like land and buildings. But they could still go under in one bad year.

    That's just the way business works. However in farming, the government knows we need food, so you get paid a little to keep doing anything at all. Even if it means you're now going bankrupt to try and keep the business afloat. No other business has the government asking/forcing you to stay in business.

    [–]scottyb83 55 points56 points  (4 children)

    You need to start out slow by planting stuff like turnips and maybe save up for a chicken or 2 but after your 1st year you can eventually unlock the greenhouse and then you are pretty much set for the rest of the game.

    [–]cochnbahls 12 points13 points  (3 children)

    Just don't waste the ancient fruit before you have the seed generator and greenhouse or you're gonna be set back for a while.

    [–]_Buff_Drinklots_ 41 points42 points  (5 children)

    Continual debt with super high costs of land and expensive equipment. Farmers basically make a bunch of money from their crop or livestock each year but a lot of the time a majority of the money just goes to making payments on the continual debt of the farm while allocating some of the money to pay those that work for you and yourself a salary.

    [–]wigg1es 99 points100 points  (56 children)

    I went to an agriculture school. Every kid in the ag business program had a $40,000+ truck.

    [–]blitzkrieg2003 23 points24 points  (10 children)

    Could be a Tax write off as farm equipment.

    [–]tigernic 37 points38 points  (5 children)

    That’s exactly what it is. One of my coworkers just bought a new truck, but it was tax free because it’s technically labeled as a “work truck” for her husbands farm. Funny how the work truck doesn’t leave the parking lot...

    [–]GoldenPeach 22 points23 points  (2 children)

    I live in the Central Valley in California. All the farmers complain but even with a drought a lot of them are very well off. I’m sure if you just started farming recently there would be some obstacles. Every once in a while I’ll talk to a farmer and asks how he is doing. One honest guy said, “I’m not gonna complain when my mouth is full.” The rich kids in my rural agriculture town were always the sons or daughters of farmers. And you bet they would be driving these expensive pickups when they got their license.

    [–]throtic 33 points34 points  (3 children)

    Farmers make a good living, they can't afford Ferrari's and a mansion, but they support a family just fine with farming.

    And before I get downvoted to hell... think of all the farmers in the developed world... they aren't all just doing it for the fun of it or because they want to feed people. They are doing it because it makes money.

    [–]TurpitudeSnuggery 188 points189 points  (28 children)

    wouldn't it be a verb in this use?

    [–]jfiander 243 points244 points  (17 children)

    Nope! This is a gerund — the act (noun) of doing a verb.

    [–]mrvile 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    "Farming is an art."

    Noun, verb, article, noun

    [–]Und3rachiever 261 points262 points  (48 children)

    ITT, a bunch of people who know nothing about farming.

    [–]ass101 158 points159 points  (7 children)

    I know how to farm like an expert, the secret is that you put Gatorade on the crops, because it has electrolytes.

    [–]LovableContrarian 74 points75 points  (12 children)

    Why would a bunch of redditors know about farming, though?

    [–]acdcfanbill 23 points24 points  (0 children)

    Well, some of us grew up on farms with horses before we went to school and got a job in town we commute to. So we might know a little.

    [–]sparklydude 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    They know about karma farming

    [–]bungholelovah 46 points47 points  (4 children)

    I'd holler at his wife back there

    [–]earthnarb 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    It's good profit though if you plant herbs for the 5 minutes it takes every hour and a half. Just make sure you have all necessary teleports.

    [–]Stimonk 177 points178 points  (88 children)

    Only most food in the supermarket in bigger cities actually comes from large corporate farms.

    They give them cutesy names like "Fresh Farms" and "Jonhson's Family Farm" to make you think it's a local farm rather than a mass-factory operation.

    [–]burninglemon 82 points83 points  (11 children)

    I am very thankful I live in an area where you can stop on the side of the road and buy produce 100 feet from where it is grown.

    [–]NerdySunflowerr 168 points169 points  (66 children)

    Actually, over 90% of farms in America are family owned. Corporate farms make up a very small percentage of the overall farming community. And much of that 90% is small family farms, but there has been a shift from small to large family farms over the years. I've attached a link here and here if you want to read more. Both links are USDA websites that discuss today's farming world. However, some farms can be "family farms" but receive product from corporations- chicken farming is an example of this and in my opinion that is an awful practice.