The Changing Face of Agriculture

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Patriot Made Audio covers a lot of ground on a number of topics and our host Rita Rich dips her toes into some fresh dirt to explore the changing face of agriculture this spring, with a homestyle twist.  

As many of you know, spring usually cultivates a positive outlook across rural America. Warmer temperatures sprout fresh beginnings and hope as farmers, garden hobbyists, and the entire agriculture industry begins breaking earth with anticipation of planting, which never seems to grow old.

But, farming, growers and the agriculture industry is experiencing many changes and challenges:

  • sharply lower crop price predictions for 2015
  • the avian chicken epidemic
  • drought and water needs
  • an aging farm demographic
  • a dwindling number of farms

Unlike inner cities, the above noted issues are the new climate for farms  (big and small) and the current reality for a U.S. business sector that provides food for millions of American households and world citizens. With shrinking profit margins and higher land values it makes it doubly tough to “herd in” a new generation of farmers because the huge risks, which are far less forgiving these days.

Enter the hobby farmer and the small home gardener. There’s a resurgence in getting back to basics, organics, NGMO food, seed saving, conservation, rebuilding and leaving big cities to live a simpler life while holding on to older Made in America products, even if the parts to maintain and repair it are hard to come by.

It’s also a story about a movement that families and communities are participating in: growing their own food because they distrust the chemistry behind big ag food products. It appears more and more people are refurbishing and rebuilding whatever they can because of great old American made products were meant to last.

Troy Bilt wo engineRita RIch has produced a great little story about a recent find  that is about a nearly 40 year old Troy-Bilt® rototiller which was placed out on the side of the road with a large cardboard sign on it that read, “FREE – The engine has no compression, and it does not work.”    Troy Bilt Owners manualTake a listen here to learn more about this great “find.”

Troy-Bilt® introduced the very first rototiller into the American landscape, it was considered a remarkable innovation for its time.

Mike working on the engine of TroybiltA local independent certified small engine mechanic Finished Troybilt 2(Mike Hass) was hired, he took the engine off,  ordered a new 6.5 HP engine and then the rototiller was fitted with its brand new engine (the engine is manufactured as a Honda clone.

This is one American made product built to last a life time (or two) and it’s  been saved from a trip to the landfill.  This”little red engine can,” now turn the earth till the cows come home!  What a great find!

Let us know which Made In USA product you refuse to get rid of, even though there’s a “newer-better-lighter” version of it on sale!

Post comments here on our Facebook page or send an email to rita@flatlandsavellc.com.

Rita Rich hosts the Patriot-Made Audio, produced by Flatlands Avenue Productions, LLC.

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