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Ed Driscoll

‘When the Guy Comes with a Clipboard…’

July 8th, 2013 - 2:39 pm

“I can fight the bugs, I can fight the lack of rain, but when the guy comes with a clipboard what are you going to do?”, asks farmer who’s shutting down his business, thanks to the Obama FDA:

Bessemer called it quits out of frustration with pending federal food safety regulations that likely will require farmers to very specifically track their produce and how it is handled from seed to sale, among other things.

The new rules are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, sweeping changes within the Food and Drug Administration aimed at making our food system safer by being able to pinpoint where contamination occurs. The federal law was passed in 2011, but how it will be implemented is still a work in progress.

It will be a few years before the regulations are finalized and a few more years before farms are required to follow them, but Bessemer believes there are just too many layers of government red tape and paperwork that would cost him too much.

At 70, Bessemer said he would rather throw in the towel than continue.

“We don’t want to quit, we were forced out of the business. We can’t spend enough money to comply,” he said. “We’ve been farming for 117 years. I’m the third generation and we’re being put out of business by the government. We can’t comply with all of the safety laws. We haven’t poisoned anybody with an ear of corn for 117 years and we’ve shipped it all over,” he said.

“I can fight the bugs, I can fight the lack of rain, but when the guy comes with a clipboard what are you going to do?” Bessemer said.

— “Bessemer Farms calls it quits, says new farm rules too cumbersome,” from Ohio.com (the Akron Beacon Journal Online), today. As Jon Gabriel of the Exurban League once tweeted in 2009, “Just finished Amity Shlaes’ The Forgotten Man today. Obama’s team thinks it’s an economics textbook rather than a cautionary tale.”

(Via SDA.)

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For His Area: 1 Corn Subsidies** 59** $1,292,758
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See I though he and the "man" were buddies and all?
40 weeks ago
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In the future, when there's no QE and no EBT, impoverished American subsistence farmers will welcome government inspectors. As a source of meat.
40 weeks ago
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This is a classic example of the bureaucrat who does not understand the business making up rules for the business. We really need to let the farmers make up rules for bureaucrats on how they should do their job and penalize those bureaucrat with fines and felonies when then mess up. Sauce, Goose, Gander.
40 weeks ago
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If he is going to quit why doesn't he farm in defiance of the law as civil disobedience. What can they do? Put him out of business?
40 weeks ago
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Many of these environmental laws now have criminal penalties, and are felonies. Did you know most of these departments have their own swat teams. He is a 70 yr old guy, but if he did your civil disobediance I would not be surprised if these totalitarian creeps put him in jail for life to make an example of him.
40 weeks ago
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It is every bit as bad a law as Obamacare. The bureaucrats are making their own rules. I blame Congress for allowing such ambiguous laws to be passed ... basically giving the executive branch law making abilities.

As a small farmer, I have already quit selling any food items at the farmers' market, just so I stay out of the USDA's attention. However, I'm not giving up my angora goats, and the rules for tracking them are ridiculous.

I see a lot of small farmers going underground and shooting drones out of the skies.
40 weeks ago
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We will miss Bessemer Farms sweet corn this summer. I suspect we will hear many more stories like this as the new regs continue to roll out.
40 weeks ago
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This is the Hope&Change! that America voted for...twice.

Forward!
40 weeks ago
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But don't worry...ADM has enough money to comply. Along with all the other giant food corps. They just love reams of regulations. Weeds out the pikers. After that it's just about who to bribe and how much.
40 weeks ago
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Do you think the Farm Aid crowd could be swayed by this kind of story? The usually blame the corporate farms for putting the family farms out of business. Of course corporate arms are the ones who can most easily comply with the FDA.
40 weeks ago
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Who cares about these farmers? Its not like people need whatever it is they're selling. Obviously this loser should have moved to Manhatten and gotten a decent job as a middleman, fixer or PR hack!
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