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'Something needs to change': Woolworths drops $1-a-litre milk

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    Keegan Link
    Good. Agriculture is the backbone of the planet, and we need to support farmers. That extra 20¢ a liter really adds up to a lot of money, which I hope goes toward research and implementation of...

    Good. Agriculture is the backbone of the planet, and we need to support farmers. That extra 20¢ a liter really adds up to a lot of money, which I hope goes toward research and implementation of sustainable agricultural practices.

    For instance, one of my relatives farms, and several times he has been entirely saved by the governments' grants/insurance, mainly in drought years.

    While I am not well versed in the climate of Australia, I am sure it is more likely for droughts to occur there, so I cannot imagine the hardships for individual farmers.

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      Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
      Droughts... or floods. Hundreds of thousands of livestock died in floods across Queensland a couple of weeks ago. I saw a news story last night which said it could take about 2 years for those...

      Droughts... or floods. Hundreds of thousands of livestock died in floods across Queensland a couple of weeks ago. I saw a news story last night which said it could take about 2 years for those farmers to get back on their feet again, and up to 10 years to fully recover from the losses.

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      1. Keegan Link Parent
        Yeah. Basically too much of any condition can absolutely ruin farmers. Too much wind, their entire fields get flattened, causing it to be impossible to be harvested. Drought, it dies. Rain, it...

        Yeah. Basically too much of any condition can absolutely ruin farmers. Too much wind, their entire fields get flattened, causing it to be impossible to be harvested. Drought, it dies. Rain, it floods then dies. Cold, it doesn't grow.

        Farming is a very risky business. It's a big investment to start farming. You need buildings, land, several hundred thousand dollars of equipment (most likely over the million US dollar mark [if the equipment is bought new, not leased]), and workers.

        My relative's farm supports him and 3-4 workers depending on the year. The corn and soybeans he produces goes to feed pigs. Now he doesn't only depend on the weather conditions. He also depends on the market for pig products (pork, ham, etc.).

        If he doesn't have enough produce, that market struggles. If he has too much produce to sell, it goes to waste. For example, cranberry farmers in either Wisconsin or Michigan had to destroy a lot of their produce in order to remain profitable, as the increase in supply would cause a decrease in prices, while demand doesn't change. This meant they would have made LESS money in a year that they produce too many cranberries.

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