For those of you who think it would be idyllic to drop out of the technological rat race of modern life and work and go back to farming the land, you’d better have plenty of dough saved up to subsidize your losses. Jaclyn Moyer tells her sorry tale at Salon, while Bloomberg News reports that “[f]arm income in the U.S., the world’s top agricultural producer and exporter, is poised to drop for a third straight year in 2015″:
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On the radio this morning I heard a story about the growing number of young people choosing to become farmers. The farmers in the story sounded a lot like me — in their late 20s to mid-30s, committed to organic practices, holding college degrees, and from middle-class non-farming backgrounds. Some raise animals or tend orchards. Others, like me, grow vegetables. The farmers’ days sounded long but fulfilling, drenched in sun and dirt. The story was uplifting, a nice antidote to the constant reports of industrial ag gone wrong, of pink slime and herbicide-resistant super-weeds.