Is there anyone President Biden is forgetting?

A wooden thresher

I am constantly amazed by all the programs that our president has put forward that most are not even aware of. Only someone who has served many years in Congress and as Vice President would have such knowledge of our society. Before we dive into the program Biden has launched, let me give you some details about the farming community that few city dwellers know about.

Since I was born in the late Depression (just before Pearl Harbor), my life experiences began as a child in childbirth who spent his first winter in a converted chicken coop. With a father who started his farming career like that and died a millionaire at the age of 90, he was not alone. Today we have many sons and grandsons who own the farm their father paid for and now rent it out to struggling farmers,

My father lived through the droughts of the 1950s when the crops failed for three years. He lived through the high interest rates and inflation of the 1980s. Neighbors lost their farms and some moved to the cities for better paying jobs. But as with any career or business choice, many fail because of bad business and farming decisions, speculation, or simply bad money management. I remember my dad said he never borrowed money after the first farm he bought and although it never got big (300 acres) he was able to survive and prosper thanks to the agricultural opportunities that our President Biden is now bringing back to farmers.

We had 10 beef cows and normally 10 calves each year to feed the corn we raised. If we didn’t have enough corn, we could sell the calves at an auction in the fall for someone else to feed them. If we had more corn, at the same auction, we could buy a few more calves to feed. We had 10 sows and the same story applied to them for the two litters of pigs which would be over 100 a year. Sometimes the price of maize was low, but when we gave maize to the pigs, we increased the value we received. Other times, when maize prices were high, we always kept the pigs even though their price might be low. Occasionally, the price of the hogs fed would be good enough to produce a good profit. If, like in the 1950s, when the drought was bad and the harvest was not good Craft, we cut corn into silage and feed it to calves in this way, making a profit on a poor harvest. One year, the pig harvest paid off ⅓ of my dad’s loan to the farm. We also had 4 dairy cows and every day we had 10 to 20 gallons of milk to sell. A man drove by in his van and picked up the cans every morning to take them to a local processing plant.

We bought a hundred chicks every year and they became laying hens. We would go into town every Saturday night and take a crate of eggs (72 dozen) to buy basic groceries like flour and sugar. All the farmers came and the town square was packed with everyone walking down the sidewalk greeting each other. I saw my first TV in a store window. Every two weeks, we went to the hairdresser to have our hair cut.

Around this time, containment chickens became popular and the Southwestern United States took away our market for eggs. Then came pig farming in confinement and since the slaughterhouses belonged to the producers, this market dried up. Milk production became more centralized and we no longer needed to milk twice a day. There was no market. Feedlots for cattle arose in the West and with this the price of cattle fell so that a farmer could no longer make any money. My-crop has become the go-to for Midwestern farmers in need of more land to earn a living. The price of seeds and fertilizers continues to rise along with the necessary chemicals. With thousands of acres needed instead of a hundred free, land costs strangled the beginning farmer. Along with that, equipment approaching a million dollars each! Now a tenant with no choice of product and subject to climate change, health issues from chemicals and huge debt while trading in the futures market… He could no longer save the seeds of his harvest…

The farmer was never able to control the weather, but as I gave the example, he could control how he used that crop based on weather and prices. Now he has to sell on the market controlled by 3 or 4 big world companies, his grain. Now, if he wants to raise pigs, he has to do so under controlled circumstances dictating breeding, feed, quantity, price…. The same is true for laying hens or fryers. To have a market for your product, you work under the control of big companies…

(Researchers from University of Iowa found that farmers and other agricultural trade participants had the highest suicide rate of any occupation from 1992 to 2010, the years they studied in 2017.[3] The rate was 3.5 times that of the general population.[3] This echoed a study conducted the previous year by the CDC)

Biden cares!

“Launched in March 2022, MPPTA connects participants”, .. I guess you must know what this program is and why it is so important. Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program.

“The Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP) provides grants to help eligible processors expand their capacity. USDA Rural Development designed MPPEP to encourage competition and sustainable growth in the U.S. meat processing sector and to help improve supply chain resilience. number of processing facilities available to farmers.

Funding comes from loans and grants and exceeds $223 million. Some 21 states are expected to receive funding in this first round of announcements under the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program, the concept of which was first announced on Wednesday. last year. The USDA expects the announcement to boost beef, pork and mixed processing capacity by half a million head per year and poultry processing by 34 million birds per year, it said. said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. In total, the projects are estimated to create about 1,100 long-term jobs, a figure noted by Vilsack that does not include the construction jobs needed to build or expand the funded facilities.

There is already a movement to build processing plants for farmers separate from control companies. This will not only expand opportunities for farmers, but will secure the movement, President Joe Biden added this section:

“Facilities are also required to notify the USDA in the event of financial difficulties that could result in the business being put up for sale for the next 10 years. Vilsack said the notification would trigger several options for the USDA, but the department has no plans to repurchase any of the facilities…

(USDA) could potentially look at some additional lending, they could steer the facility towards a lending opportunity again… I mean, there’s only one set of options available to the USDA, but the The purchase of these facilities is not part of it.

That’s just part of Biden’s consideration for farmers. In addition, to wean farmers off the chemical process of growing grains and cotton, there are now direct subsidies to use cover crops. This not only helps farmers eliminate expensive seeds, but also expensive chemical sprays and will reduce reliance on artificial fertilizers. This will help keep our water poison free, save topsoil and produce more nutritious food.

I have written a number of articles on the accomplishments of our President. Many are unknown to the public. We need to spread the word. Many readers have social media accounts and if you publish this article and all the articles about what our President is doing, the word will spread, sometimes only to a few, other times to many. If you use the Daily Kos address above, we also let the world know about this site.

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