In the Shop
As a farm machinery mechanic and writer, Dan brings a hands-on approach that only a pro can muster. Along with his In the Shop blog, Dan writes a column by the same name as well as the Shop Series for Farm Journal magazine. Always providing practical information, he is a master at tackling technical topics and making them easy for all of our readers to understand. He and his wife, Becky, live near Bouton, Iowa.
In The Shop: A Rural Business Opportunity?
Nov 17, 2010
A lot of folks are excited by the prospects of $6 corn and "beans in the teens." My friend Kevin, the cattleman/sage of Guthrie County, says if grain prices stay high, he's thinking about opening a new business and franchising it across rural areas.
"If grain prices stay high," says Kevin, "farmers are going to be stepping on their own mothers to get more ground to farm. Land prices are going to go out of sight, cash rents will get even stupider than they already are, and we'll see brother fighting brother for the chance to pick up a 160 that lays good.
"What I'm thinking," he continued, "is that I'm gonna start a company that rents out pallbearers for funerals. If grain prices stay high, there's gonna be a bunch of cut-throat farmers who will have to hire somebody to carry their casket."
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