SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS, FUTURE OF FARMING, & REFLECTIONS

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SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS, FUTURE OF FARMING, & REFLECTIONS,

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FARM BUSINESS
Would like to expand the farm in the future, but is being cautious, watching land prices. Doesn't want to speculate like others did, those folks are now in foreclosure. Jack has never borrowed money in his life. Would like to have land for the kids, but probably couldn't afford it. Has three boys. They like to farm. Oldest boy would like to go to an Ag school. Kids work & do a lot. Happy to work all day.
FUTURE OF FARMING
Jack hopes the land is still owned by Americans in the future. Foreign countries are buying the land, renting to American farmers. Jack would sell to developers if they wanted the land - wouldn't want the city encroaching on him, would go find some more country. Reflects on development ruining the land - roads, developments, etc. Problems finding enough construction workers, wells/water for people. Growth is not sustainable. Interviewer reflects on her youth and the farms that have been sold.
REFLECTIONS
Has to support his family, but likes farming. Likes the variety with the farming and the plumbing. Wife likes the country, farming. Mentions wife is from Brisbane, Australia. Again, thinks Americans should keep their own land. "We're cutting our own throats." Thinks there might be government regulations, or should be. Jack doesn't think he would sell to a foreigner, but maybe figurehead companies turn it over to foreign countries. He wouldn't deliberately sell to foreigners. Reflects on DeKalb Ag, mismanagement.