Who steals from farmers? Seriously?! Somebody trying to reverse the food chain? Somebody desperate? Somebody that works so hard at not workin’ that their work ethic is actually intact – warped, but intact? Somebody funding a rural drug habit?
Stealing from farmers like this fascinates me – because, truly, if you needed the money and the food, a farmer would let you work for it and even be generous about it. We have labor paperwork and concerns to manage, but for the measly few hundred dollars that come from the type of theft mentioned in this article, a farmer would rather point out a barn that needs cleaned up and let you go to it… and NOT have to deal with the destruction from a thief stripping down equipment in the field.
Of course, the thieves that need me to preach this at them aren’t likely to be found reading agriculture blogs, so I’ll just leave off my rant. The shorter introduction is this…
Recently I came across a rural crime article in the Tennessee Cooperator – Tennessee’s Co-Op publication. Many states have these local agriculture publications. For example, there’s Alabama’s Cooperative Faming News. I recommend Co-Op publications for getting to know regional ag issues and finding yummy recipes. 🙂
For those reading from outside the US, farmers historically formed “cooperatives” in order to share various resources. This business model still persists and many farmers utilize the agriculture resources available in their communities through the Co-Op’s. Do you have a co-op of the farm supply variety or otherwise?
Today, in order to go FarrrTHUR in agriculture, click over to this article – Farmers Fight Back Against Rural Crimes.
Have you experienced any crime at your farm?
What’s your take on rural crime?