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Family Farm & Home, specializing in rural lifestyle products, recently opened its 61st store at Mallview Plaza in Mansfield, Ohio.
Family farms have long been one of the mainstays of national economies and the pride of many communities worldwide. Not only does their presence bring much-needed economic benefits and contribute to world food supplies while protecting agrobiodiversity, but several factors contribute to its decline.
Today’s family farms face increasing competition from corporate farming, government regulation, rising land costs, and changing consumer attitudes as challenges to overcome. Furthermore, family farms must adapt to new technologies and marketing strategies; many changes stem from a need to improve yield and quality while increasing marketable produce through modern agricultural techniques and equipment.
Family farms or ranches, which typically operate as sole proprietorships, partnerships, or family corporations, generally are owned and run by one individual, couple, or group of family members who are primarily responsible for physical labor and strategic management on an ongoing basis. Family farms comprise 90% of US farmland and 85-90% of total agricultural production value in America.
Modern farms differ significantly from the stereotypical family farm by diversifying into various agricultural operations, enabling them to become more cost-competitive and leverage economies of scale. Large farms can use economies of scale to purchase products at lower costs than their smaller counterparts and profit from economic highs while weathering down economic times through financial inertia.
Family farms not only bring economic advantages to local communities but can also offer many other advantages. From providing jobs and serving as an outlet for young people who otherwise might leave rural areas altogether to delivering a healthier diet alternative and managing natural resources more effectively – family farms provide benefits in all these aspects.
Even with all its positive aspects, family farming has seen its number diminish over the years. Lifestyle changes have caused some families to leave the land altogether while others struggle with keeping up with its demands and pressure to sell off land they own. Furthermore, family farmers increasingly feel compelled to sell their property for profit.
New farm equipment can be easier to finance, with cutting-edge technology that can increase efficiency. But its maintenance requirements may be more significant. Used equipment is another viable option, particularly if someone in your community knows precisely the type of machinery you are after. Before making your purchase, thoroughly inspect any machinery of interest and contact a farm repair business that specializes in its make if possible before making the commitment to buy. Gifting is another possibility, but we should always consider debt and fairness among farming and nonfarming heirs.
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