sad really, but true
TRADITIONS, KNOWLEDGE LOST
It is an emotional shift for a place like Iowa, where families who have labored on their land for a century are honored each summer at the state fair.
This enthusiasm, some fear, will further accelerate the loss of agrarian knowledge and speed up the emptying out of rural America.
The higher prices, too, have started to squeeze out smaller farmers who remain, but are unable to compete against their wealthier peers and outsiders eager to hedge their portfolio. Some critics worry that the pursuit of profits will outweigh concerns over maintaining the long-term health of the soil.