THANK A FARMER: Long-time farmer reflects on farming | New

GOSHEN – Clark Warner, vice president of Warner Farms Inc., is very attached to his profession.

“I think I speak for most farmers when I say we love what we do and it’s a gift to be able to do it and farming is a way of life that we really enjoy,” Warner said.

However, inflation is now having a big impact on farmers’ way of life. Things like the cost of living and the tripling of the prices of necessary farm equipment can make the year difficult.

Warner addressed this issue when speaking of “farm family living expenses.”

“As a farmer, like any small entrepreneur, you don’t get an increase in the cost of living when the cost of everything goes up – so you have to figure out how to offset that inflation to pay my family’s living expenses. ?” Warner said. “Commodity prices are up, which helps, but our inputs are so high now that we earn on what we earn in a normal year. We’re just managing a lot more money, paying more interest on that money.

Inflation is going up and commodities and oil are going up, that’s where farmers are really hit hard. Commodities begin to follow other commodities, which keep increasing.

“It’s fun for a little while to sell very expensive corn and soybeans, but when you’re farming, everyone wants their piece of the pie, everyone who sells you things,” he said. “They see we’re making X dollars, well the seed company, the chemical company, the fertilizer company, will raise their prices so they’re making a lot of money off of us, which hurts our profits, but we are still earning a lot of money.

Sometimes this issue can lead to unfavorable fluctuations in the future. When the price eventually drops, their prices will stay that way for a year or two, causing farmers to make less profit compared to previous years and possibly leading to a loss of income.

“It would work a little better if it stayed more stable and that’s better for everyone – in the short term, high commodity prices are fun,” Warner said. “On the balance sheet, it’s good when everything you have is worth more. But if you need to upgrade a piece of gear or buy land, that’s not much fun.

As mentioned earlier, the prices double and even triple on the necessary resources used for daily activities. For example, Warner talks about the significant increase in prices, such as the herbicide programs his farm uses. Once this problem occurs, everything starts to fall into a pattern.

“The fuel has doubled,” he said. “We don’t use tillage, so we don’t use a ton of fuel per acre. Fuel is kind of a small expense for us. Our inputs will remain high when corn and soybean prices fall. They will not just go down immediately, equipment prices will follow the market and balance out.

Unfortunately for the farmers, the inputs come from the big corporations, and no one really has a say in the royalties that are paid.

“There are higher prices at the grocery store,” Warner said. “And higher prices at the pump because there are a lot of renewable fuels, like ethanol and biodiesel. Everything is connected. The consumer is affected very directly because you use a farmer three times a day and more. It’s fun to take advantage of high prices while we have them, but I just worry that input prices will stay high while commodity prices rise.

“In the short term, we manage a lot of money but we don’t earn much more than normal years. But when you get into a high level, like when you still have lower cost inputs, we’re going to make a lot of money this year, but next year we’ll pay all those high input prices.

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