Humble Rants 29 May 2013

Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in Opinion

Humble Rants 29 May 2013

by Robert Skoglund aka The humble Farmer

You might have read that an anonymous investor has put three million dollars into Maine's own Moo Milk company.

Three million is not all that much to invest in a local milk producer when you figure that large milk corporations from away can and will spend whatever it takes to bring it down.

The proven way to destroy small farms is legislating them out of business by adjusting prices and sucking up the government subsidies that should go to small farmers.

If you don't think corporate America has become very good at that take a look around you.

When I was a kid in the 1940's there were four milk farmers on our road alone. I can remember when I was very small hearing my mother say that our milkman Mr. Pasinen was no longer going to bring our milk because there was something wrong with his barn.

In the 1920's my grandfather had two good-sized henhouses. On my farm I have a huge empty henhouse that was built in 1926. In the 1950's my brother worked for a hen farmer. In the 1970's I was eagerly cleaning out Harper's henhouse and putting the product on my gardens. My brother recently showed me the financial records of some of our neighbors from 60 or 70 years ago, and one hen farmer was making perhaps ten times as much as a paving cutter.

At one time an independent hard-working farmer could make a good living in Maine.

But today Maine has hundreds of empty milk sheds and henhouses and Bowden is the only hen farmer I can think of within 40 miles.

We certainly wish Moo Milk the best, but the economic system many of our neighbors so eagerly vote for at every election will sooner or later bring it down.

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