Don’t bite the hand that feeds you
Land: owning land in our area is not what it used to be. State government is guilty of land grabs too. Ranching and Farming need land to produce the food people eat. The people are fat and happy and “The grocery store will always have more.”
In Lincoln County, Nebraska, the state government has claimed the water and taken it away from the landowners. It seems to us like they use it as a political club to dictate with. It did not used to be that way. We could use the water under our land as we saw fit as long as the neighbor was not negatively affected.
The state wildlife people take the first clip on the livestock feed supply – no compensation – just taking! It did not used to be that way.
It takes lots of big money to buy land to raise food products on but the IRS takes a hefty clip off the money first.
To top it all off, you have to pay property and real estate tax or the land will be taken away from you. So why does anyone want to be the person in the middle? Land has been going up in price so people could make money on the increase in price value. As long as the music does not stop you are financially OK. But look out because there is way too much land for sale now. And there are fewer and fewer people wanting in the middle operating land that will not pay for itself due to the price bubble.
They would rather live on subsidies or a government job. There are fair-sized operations out here now that will not proceed to the next generation. You can tell because the next generation is not preparing to be the one in the middle. Land grabs can take many forms – so can slavery, wildlife, water, shallow buried pipelines that the farmer has to ride on, aircraft test carriers, power lines, developments, eminent domain, hungers, trespassers, money schemes, wars and taxes and many more.
But it takes land to produce food. And a landowner will do a much better job of it if the government keeps their nose out of the management. I can relate to the ranchers in the west. The government is interfering with private business and the land would produce food much more efficiently in private ownership. Producing food requires incentive to do it.
“Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”
Joseph Deck Estermann
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Outtagrass Cattle Co. cartoon by Jan Swan Wood for the July 24, 2021, edition of Tri-State Livestock News