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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 articleFarmers Fight Back Against Rural Crimes.

Emily Grace


Have you experienced any crime at your farm?
What’s your take on rural crime?


Wanna go FarrrTHUR?



6 Responses to “FarrrTHUR 13 – FARM CRIMEWATCH”

  1. FlaHam

    Emily, Grandpa had some poachers (whatever the heck that was) that got some eggs from time to time, but I don’t ever remember him speaking about crime down in south central Ky where he had is 190 acres. Not that is something he would take up with a 10 yr old. Take care, Bill


    • Emily Grace

      Thanks for chiming in, Bill!

      We’ve had hunters take liberties with our land before. You’re right, we probably wouldn’t mention it to a youngster around here because it’s kind of intimidating to think of someone traipsing all over your property with a high-powered rifle – trespassing armed! Thankfully, we don’t have to deal with much of that.


  2. Caitlin | belong with wildflowers

    Rural crime is disgusting. Like you said — if someone is truly hungry or in need of food, most farmers would gladly offer a trade for some labor to give away what’s being stolen. The closest farm to me has a big issue with theft — their fields are wide open, not gated, and are across from a college. The college students often go into the farmland late at night + take foods “just for fun”. I mean, they aren’t even eating them — it’s just for the thrill. There has been a lot of chatter about it in the community, and the farm makes it VERY well known what these thieves are taking away — food from hungry bellies, nutrition for a community, and a sense of respect for farming. It’s downright terrible!


    • Emily Grace

      Thanks for chiming in, Caitlin. Wow, what a bit of frustrating geography for that farmer! I hadn’t ever thought of being across the street from a school being such a problem.



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