The big bad BTO...
An interesting thread on agriculture.com concerning the argument that never ends - landowners and tenants. My opinions are pretty far to the libertarian side, of course, but it is significant to me that Iowa is finally seeing the market transparency that keeps many Illinois producers awake at night.
The underlying assumption for many commenters is that the BTO (Big Time Operator) must by definition be uncaring of the land and out to exploit the landowner. This is comforting conceit for those who feel threatened.
But what if the large operator is an outstanding person - well-liked, honest, caring, and a committed steward of the land? In fact, what if those very qualities have made him successful?
The current boom in cash grain will only accelerate the consolidation of agriculture, I think. Demonizing the successful won't make much difference.
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