Agriculture Isn’t All About the Money

Agriculture Isn’t All About the Money

I want to clarify a few things and challenge readers’ thinking about concerns and comments that agriculture and

livestock are nothing more than a money-making sector of the economy. I have noticed various comments on this on

various sites, not to mention articles stating that “farmers only raise their animals/crops because they are looking


Why do people think and believe that farms and agriculture are simply a money-making business, or that farmers

(whom I prefer to call producers) raise cattle like cattle just to make a profit from them? Also, why is there so much

negativity and bitterness surrounding the fact that producers who farm and raise livestock do so not to feed

themselves but to make money? I don’t get it, coming from an agricultural background, I just can’t understand the

reason why people carelessly throw that away and expect everyone to take it for granted.

Agriculture Isn’t All About the Money

Agriculture Isn't All About the Money
Agriculture Isn’t All About the Money

North American producers focus on making money, not food, but …

The problem is that it is only a partial fact. And what most do not realize, especially those who are generations away

from the farm, is that in most, if not all, agricultural enterprises, little or no real profit has been made. Yes, what we

producers end up, in the end, is money in our pockets, because the farms we manage are made like a business

(except for the hobby farms of the urbanites), but this money we get is gross profit or income, NOT net profit or just

profit. To say that people grow or raise livestock just for profit is truly an outright lie. It is also a show of ignorance

and misunderstanding about finances because there is so much more than what people might think.

When a producer calculates profits, he can never imagine that he is making money simply from the check he gets

from the barley grain or the cattle he sold. This often yearly check that he receives is what gross profit or income is all

about. Net income is determined when all of the expenses that he has incurred from farm operations are subtracted

from the income he received from what he sold. a business after a product is sold, excluding expenses. However,

profit or net profit is the money that is left after deducting all expenses from gross profit. If there is no income left

after deducting all expenses, it is called a net loss.

Agriculture Isn’t All About the Money

Agriculture Isn't All About the Money
Agriculture Isn’t All About the Money

The expenses of an average farm are mainly fertilizers, fuel, and feed. Fuel and fertilizers are the biggest costs for a

farm, and those expenses often exceed $ 5,000 per acre per year. Most of the farms in North America that are not

hobby farms are over 100 acres in size. Therefore, the total expenses would be and could exceed $ 500,000 per year.

It is not common for farm income to exceed this amount. If you do, it’s not much, just enough to break even.

Despite these numbers, the firestorm in the media and non-farm folks continues on the growers “doing it for


Agriculture in North America is, in fact, a business and therefore a “profit” enterprise. It is not subsistence farming

because the people who farm and raise livestock are not raising them to feed themselves and their families, but to

feed others who are unable or unwilling to farm or raise livestock for food. Therefore, instead, it is known as

“commercial” agriculture and, consequently, a business like any small business that does not focus on grains, milk,

meat, wool, eggs, fruits, and vegetables as the end product. So why do people seem to think that farming shouldn’t be

treated as a business and a money-making company like any other business?

Agriculture Isn’t All About the Money

Agriculture Isn't All About the Money
Agriculture Isn’t All About the Money

And what other reasons are there that might be causing people to accuse farmers of “doing it for money”?

Answer: Misunderstandings can be part of the problem.

That has to be it. In Canada, we have about 95% of the population that is so far removed from agriculture that they

have never seen a cow, horse, pig, chicken, goat, sheep, or donkey before in real life and have never had to experience

the arduous before work that involves. go into making a farm tick. It is these people who are easily misled by

extremists and the media who blame the few people who abuse and mistreat their animals and are led to assume that


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