How We Got Here: Iowa farms grow in size, but there are fewer of them. Technological advances and the need for economies of scale have pushed the trend. (The Gazette, 6/17/2019)
Since 1977, the number of Iowa farms has fallen by about 30 percent while the average farm size in acres has grown by 30 percent, federal data show. The historical flow of people moving to non-farm jobs, the need for economies of scale and technological advances that make it easier for one person to farm more land all have contributed to this trend, said Chad Hart, an agricultural economist at Iowa State University.
GET ME REWRITE: Trump trade bailout of no help to farmers who can't plant in their water-logged fields. (6/5/2019)
Well, Brent, it's clear what Iowa needs to do in November 2020. (5/11/2019)
Is this what's known as 'chump change'? (3/3/2019)
GET ME REWRITE: Many Americans have misplaced confidence in Trump's trade agreements and economic policy. (2/6/2019)
UPDATE: Putting faith in Trump continues to be a losing proposition for farmers. (1/5/2019)