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USDA: Rural population needed not for farming but for cannon fodder

USDA: Rural population needed not for farming but for cannon fodder -
via Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms attendance at meeting:

Why do we need more farmers? What is the driving force behind U.S. Department of Agriculture policy?

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack stated in 2012, for the first time ever — rural America lost population in real numbers — not as a percentage but in real numbers. It’s down to 16 percent of total population.

I’m sitting there thinking he’s going to say that number needs to go up so we have more people to love and steward the landscape. More people to care for earthworms. More people to grow food and fiber.

Are you ready for the shoe to drop? The epiphany? What could the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, at the highest strategic planning sessions of our land, be challenged by other leaders to change this figure, to get more people in rural America, to encourage farming and help more farms get started? What could be the driving reason to have more farmers?

Are you ready? Here’s his answer: although rural America only has 16 percent of the population, it gives 40 percent of the personnel to the military. Say what? You mean when it’s all said and done, at the end of the day, the bottom line — you know all the cliches — the whole reason for increasing farms is to provide cannon fodder for American imperial might. He said rural kids grow up with a sense of wanting to give something back, and if we lose that value system, we’ll lose our military might.

So folks, it all boils down to American military muscle. It’s not about food, healing the land, stewarding precious soil and resources; it’s all about making sure we keep a steady stream of youngsters going into the military.

- See more at: http://transitionvoice.com/2013/08/rural-population-not-need...

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Earl Butz, Secretary of Agriculture 1971-76

through his policy of "get big, or get out", significantly reduced both the number of farmers and farm workers. He must not have been aware of the importance of cannon fodder at that time.
The Butz concept of placing farm ground in "strong hands" and restructuring subsidies resulted in the loss of about all smaller producers.
If my memory is correct, direct gov't payments at that time were limited to $50k per farm. So the "strong hands" employed their lawyers to re-title ground, while still retaining ownership, thus gaining additional $50k's. This is known as farming the system.
Some of the results were the end of smaller community school systems (fewer farmer and hired help kids) and the political power flowing the most aggressive tax-suckers. As a farmer, it is embarrassing to witness multi-millionaire farmers publically poor mouthing.
I grew up in a time when successful farmers busted ass for a living. It is way different now.

Beside the political capital was Lincoln planning lotsa war.

Lincoln founded the USDA on May 15, 1862.

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