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The Farmer and The City Girl - Real life conversations about agriculture and how it affects the consumer's food. From farming to marketing.

Weekly conversations between Rob Sharkey and Carrie Zylka about food, agriculture and farming and how it affects the consumer. Topics include public perception, legislature, consumer buying habits, marketing strategies and an explanation of farming techniques.
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Feb 27, 2017

"The Farmer & The City Girl Podcast Episode 008 – Big Ag, Hobby Farms and Birthrights”


In this episode, Carrie is trying to understand and Rob is trying to explain, the farmer mentality when it comes to hobby farms, intermediate size farms, big ag and corporate farms.

They talk about everything from the size of your tractor, the types of farm entities, BTO (Big Time Operator), how and why “big ag” can be extremely intimidating to the intermediate/small farmer, and Rob’s obsession with Old McDonald.

And then they drill deep into the farmer’s unique entitlement/failure mentality when it comes to what defines them and the lengths they will go to in order to keep farming.

FEEDBACK REQUESTED:
• Farmers: Have you ever had to take a non-farming job in order to keep food on your table? Did you feel like a failure because of it? Or did you feel like you had to do what you had to do to make it through the rough times?

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1 Comments
  • over a month ago
    Lanie O'Donnell White
    Interesting.
    the point about failing was not made. While she did not identify as a solider, she may have felt a similiar generational failure if she could not have joined the Navy
    Me taking a side job or full time job would not save my operation. It would not do anything besides divert attention
    i think hobby operations and little operations have an impact. there are tons of regulation that dont matter if you are under certain thresholds. many laws are written with smaller operations in mind, and no concept of how it will challenge larger ones.