One work at home business trend that’s booming is the family farm. There’s just one problem, the law of unintended consequences strikes, but don’t worry… a politician at least got a photo op out of it thanks to the latest Farm Bill.
The farm bills of the past, and this new farm bill are not any different–all have attempted to take the natural economic swings out of farming, providing a safety floor to landowners and farmers. The end result of these policies is that they have driven up the price of land which makes it virtually impossible for a new farmer to enter the profession, focused production into a handful of crops, hurt small towns by diminishing farming diversification, pushed farm ownership into the hands of non-farmers and, in my opinion, seriously hurt rural America.
Congress has caused some major disruptions in rural America by incentivizing farmers in the wrong ways. Our small towns all across the country have suffered as a result. It is too bad that they don’t learn from their past mistakes and the Law of Unintended Consequences, leaving the market to sort out the winners and losers. America and especially rural America would be much better, if they did.
Just when entrepreneurs are seeking to reinvigorate local, organic agriculture and meet the soaring demand for clean food locally grown, this legislation drives up the price of land so that, in effect, work at home agriculturalists can’t enter the market.