OK~ I've been thinking, we all know that can always be interesting. I read an article in the Des Moines Register that stated Wall Street Investors are Buying Up Farmland. Now, I am not against anyone investing in Iowa farmland. What I am against is the fact that these people have no respect for the local neighbor or local farmer. I have seen this first hand.
Take this for instance....... There is a road on the right, which the farmer at the end of this road needs to access his field. It took more than three years for the county to come out and install posts, so the farmer, that lives hundreds of miles away, can no longer send his employees to plant where ever they choose. The issue I have with this is the fact that there is no respect for the farmer anymore. This continued for three years, until the county finally installed the posts.
In my opinion, landowners should be responsible for knowing where their land is and they should have to show their employees what land they own. So.. this got me thinking. I wonder how often a combine goes into a field that is not the actual land owner's. If these land owners can send employees to plant where ever they choose, what stops them from combining what ever they choose?
We truly live in a "new" atmosphere in the world of agriculture. The face of Iowa is changing very rapidly. Our population is not increasing and it's no secret that we have some of the best farmland in the country. How do we change this? I honestly don't think we can. Investors understand what we have, but we Iowans can no longer afford to purchase what we have.
Many towns no longer have schools or businesses, which makes it a hard sell for people to relocate to Iowa. There are people that long for the peace and quiet that Iowa does offer, we have to find those people! I love to travel and it's fun to travel to exotic, fun, busy places. But, I also appreciate the fact that I can return home to quiet.
I miss the days of having neighbors, even if they were a mile away. Our mile recently changed again, as a grove was taken out, which made for an additional acre of farm land for the farmer. Not a big deal, but it got me thinking. Most people that travel our road today would not know that fifteen years ago there was a family living in a farm house there and they farmed the 80 acres that surrounded the farm house. There are very few farmers that farm 80 acres today, it's simply not feasible. This family raised four kids and lived there many years. In the mile I currently live on, there are currently six of us. Go back twenty years, there were 16 people living on this mile.
And then there is the Pralle Family from North Iowa- this is what farming IS all about.
If you live in Iowa, what are some reasons you continue to live here? My family is nearby, as all of those six in the mile I live in are my relatives. And then you travel another quarter mile, you will find another cluster of my relatives. So... Iowa is all about family! Plain and simple, if you have family in Rural Iowa, you may find yourself rooted in the family farm. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?