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Dr Sarah Taber @SarahTaber_bww
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Fun fact you learn after working in ag for a while: family farms run by a man who's really into conservatism, rape culture, racism, and hating women are *the most likely to fail.*
There appear to be lots of reasons for this.

#1, running any business takes a basic level of empathy. You have to put yourself in customer's shoes enough to figure out what they want & give it to them.

Rape culture & racism teach you how to NOT put yourself in ppl's shoes.
#2, to run a business successfully you also have to be able to put yourself in your employees', contractors', etc shoes to figure out how to engage them successfully to get the result you want.

Again: hard to do that when your mentality is shaped by ... hating other people.
#3, most farm OWNERS are white men, but most of the workforce in agriculture is not.

Ag accounting, payroll, sales, etc are female-heavy if not female-dominated. Any work that's not driving a tractor (& even a lot of tractor driving) done by immigrant workers.
#4, father-to-son inheritance of farms isn't as common as you'd think. A loooot of farms go father-to-son-in-law. (Why they call it father-to-SIL instead of just admitting it's father-to-daughter is a can of worms for a different day.)
In other words, farm succession depends on convincing daughters to stick around & live with you as an adult. When they have plenty of other options in life.
I've worked with farmers who were screamy rapey jackasses, & couldn't figure out why daughters left them & their dream of a family farm was falling apart.

They'd cuss & whine about "kids these days," & never took a thought to the one thing they could control: their own behavior.
Meanwhile everyone else around them knows *exactly* why their kids blew town ASAP & never came back. The only person it's a mystery to is the grown man who still hasn't figured out that "actions have consequences" applies to him too.
I've also worked with a lot of family farmers who were patient, thoughtful people who made a deliberate effort over their entire adulthood to invest in their farms' future, & be pleasant to be around.

Those farms do MUCH better financially than the ones run by jackasses.
Something to think about next time you hear someone mourning over the plight of family farms.

You can bet hard money that the sob story they're telling you has omitted a few key facts about why the farms are failing.
Anyway, to bring it back to the rape culture bros of ag twitter: Good luck with those tariffs & immigration crackdowns you voted for! I'll be over here with my 23K followers making sure there's not a soul left who feels bad for you when it blows up in your face.
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