4. CROP FINANCING AND INSURING are highly developed industries that make it possible for a farmer to "go big" and gain the economy of scale.
5. GOVERNMENT STABILIZATION PROGRAMS ARE A GOOD AND NECESSARY INTERVENTION TO PREVENT SPECULATIVE BOOMS AND BUSTS.
6.HI-TECH MODERN FARMING HAS ---SURPRISINGLY---BROUGHT BACK THE FAMILY FARM. A single family can do it.
7. FARMING IS STILL SOMETHING OF AN ART---REQUIRING SHREWD JUDGMENTS AND SOMETIMES GUESSES----WHEN TO SELL etc. YOU ARE NOT LIKELY TO SUCCEED IF YOU DO NOT LOVE GROWING THINGS.
8. PATENT OWNERSHIP OF "ENGINEERED SEED" PUTS ENORMOUS POWER AND PROFITS INTO COMPANIES LIKE MONSANTO.
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: I'm pleased to tell you that this likable farmer is Charles Vining III my Nephew who started with almost nothing but a great love of farming and built his empire to its current status. Part of his philosophy is "every row counts" and "take pride in your crop". If from the air he spots an "ugly" area--he will fix it. He knows the dangers of monoculture and is concerned that Monsanto is gaining control of the world's food supply. I don't know how to react to all that I've learned---except to develop a fresh appreciation for the real foundation of civilization---cheap food---and for those who provide it.