At 10:50 AM 10/21/98 -0400, PetersFarm@aol.com wrote:
>Dear Dr. Magdoff -
>..............They don't have alternatives? Why in $%^%#@ not?
>Why can't they grow barley, oats, wheat, rape, sugar beets, whatever, for
a few years? Why can't they diversify - don't 1,400 acres of any one crop
invite trouble? Is monoculture the real culprit? Do the rules governing
federal subsidies prohibit alternatives? Are corn and soybeans the only
crops that can yield profits? $16 an acre for 1,400 acres = $22,400 cost
for one insecticide each year - for one farm. How much profit do the
insecticide companies get out of that?
>I guess these questions should really be addressed to Dr. Steffey, but maybe
>some SANeters have answers to offer?
>More than curious,
Jim Quinton, Risk Management Coordinator
Agricultural Conservation Innovation Center (ACIC)
2234 S. Hobson Ave.
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
phone: (843) 740-1327
fax: (843) 740-1331
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