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Sean Liddle -

Its funny. Living for years in the Belleville area I was around a lot of kids and adults who grew up on farms. I found that those that treated it like a business rather than a callouses and hard work ethic lifestyle were wealthy and content. Hence, all of my friends of dutch heritage being better off than those of nose-to-the-grindstone anglo-heritage. Someone who planned well could very easily I think make a good living as a ethanol crop farmer or any one of a number of "new" to North America crops methinks.

Paul of Suffolk -

Even treating it as a business I suspect it's still bloody hard work. There's no money to be made wearing overalls, unless you are a plumber.

Sean Liddle -

Paul I beg to disagree at least from my own vantage point. Small family farmers, such as my father in law, typically keep it small and manageable, and usually not exceedingly profitable. I walk around and look about and see so many ways that the family farm could expand, diversify or change methods to be more efficient, but to someone who has done the same thing for decades (if not generations) it is more than daunting to consider any risk or change.

Also, to small family farmers, again in my experience, the big operational farms are looked down upon, perhaps in disdain, jealousy or envy, but still, not truly respected, yet the big farms are very profitable. Methinks if someone were to start out with a business-minded attitude, one would do well and could possibly do well without having to don said coveralls all that often because one would likely hire persons to do that for them.