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    My dad just gave me the word this week that he won't be farming this upcoming year due to low prices for the crop and god awful high prices for gas/fertilizer/etc. He won't be able to keep me on and he won't be able to keep another guy on, who's been working for my family for 50+ years. I am able to go back to work at the casino full time. I feel like that line from the Godfather: "Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in." I was hoping to quit the casino job this year, but now there's now way I can. Its just sad/depressing/disheartening for me not being able to do what I enjoy and want to do for factor that are out of my control. I can only imagine how my dad feels. I've had allergies all my life and the farm is not the best place to be for someone like me. When I was a kid, I'd go to the allergy doctor and he'd ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I would reply, "I want to be a farmer like my daddy." The doctor would give me a long talk about how I couldn't work on a farm w/allergies and how I needed to work in an office. He then ask the same question and I'd reply, "I want to be a farmer like my daddy." Now, I don't know if I will be able to do that or not. I see my son now and I wonder if he'll have the same experiences that I did growing up. I wonder what will happen in the future-will prices turn around, will gas prices go down, will the government ever actually give a rat's ass about the American farmer? I have gotten into debates w/some of you over subsidies and the like, and I'd prefer not to rehash that now. Also this week, my wife told me she's pregnant-6 weeks along. With our history of problems, I'm worried about that as well. I just wanted to rant and get this out there.
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    Sorry about the job but big congrats for the new baby!!!
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    That sucks man. We're definitely living in a different America these days.

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    Sorry to hear that. But I'd take baby news on a positive note, hope everything works out for you

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    Whatever happens, I hope things turn out well for you and your family. Try and stay positive,, I know thats hard sometimes, but better things might just be around the corner. Best wishes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mishar McLeud
    Sorry to hear that. But I'd take baby news on a positive note, hope everything works out for you
    I'm trying to take the news as positive. Its just after the other 2 times what happened, I'm trying not to get my hopes up once again. It was the same time last year we got pregnant. Hopefully its not deja vu all over again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by csm5150
    I'm trying to take the news as positive. Its just after the other 2 times what happened, I'm trying not to get my hopes up once again. It was the same time last year we got pregnant. Hopefully its not deja vu all over again.
    Damn, I hope it's different this time. Good luck, really

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    If the worst happens and the farm never operates again, just think of all the years you have had with the farm. Sounds like farming was a dream of yours from the day you were born, and in many ways you have gotten to live that dream. Try to see it from that angle as well. And best of luck with the new baby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VivaVH
    If the worst happens and the farm never operates again, just think of all the years you have had with the farm. Sounds like farming was a dream of yours from the day you were born, and in many ways you have gotten to live that dream. Try to see it from that angle as well. And best of luck with the new baby.
    Yes to a certain degree I have lived part of the dream. However, I wanted to be successful at it, like I have at other things that I have done. Hopefully, and that's a big hopefully, we will be able to resume farming in a year or two. Thanks all for the best wishes.
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