Well I have decided I am growing my own lettuce this year, I usually don't, I stick to tomatoes, peppers, corn, etc, but I am adding lettuce to the list!!!!!
I feel bad for the farmers. maybe this is because I come from a family of farmers, my dad farmed, and now my brother farms, and I know the struggle he goes through to make ends meet each year.
The cost of the equipment they need to use is outfriggenragious!!!!
You could buy a huge house for the price of a new combine!!!!!! My brother gets by with the one he has, it is older, so he has to put alot of expense into keeping it going, same with the tractors.
The government taxes the land so high it is a wonder they make any money at all!!!! I only own 60 acres, and only 17 of them are crop ground, the rest is pasture, and I have to pay nearly 1400 a year in property taxes!!! Not to mention the insurance that has to be had on all the land, because otherwise someone could jump over the fence, even if it says KEEP OUT, and get hurt or drown on my land, and sue me for everything I have. How does a person make it when they have WAY more land than that to farm????
Then the government comes along and tells them they will pay them an outragously good price just to plant what they want, it is hard for a farmer to refuse, when they need the money.