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I believe that to live and work on a good farm or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits is pleasant as well as challenging for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which even in hours of discouragement I cannot deny This statement which holds firm in the hearts of millions of American farmers clearly states that farming has its pleasant and its challenging aspects But today the challenges can be too large a burden for a farmer to bear on his own What should be done what can be done to ensure that American agriculture will prevail through such challenges Our government believes economic concessions or subsidies could be the saving grace for the typical American farmer These subsidies certainly do bring benefits to farmers but with the benefits also come problems Since the 1920s many problems were brought to the attention of the American farmer The industrial boom and the extensive use of machinery in the 1920s drew many workers off the farm and into the cities Even though this new use of machinery increased productivity it was very expensive therefore many small farms were unable to convert and utilize such machines The much larger farms that had mechanized were able to produce an abundance of resources unlike the smaller family farms With this abundance of food the demand for it stayed relatively constant As a result of this food prices went down and the small farmer was no longer able to compete lacking the capital to buy productive machinery as the new corporate farm began to take over Small farms lost their practicality and many farmers were forced to consolidate to even come near competing As a result of this consolidation between small farms larger farms arose at a more constant rate than ever The harshness of the 1920s certainly didnt stop there The 1930s brought an extended drought also
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