Tuesday, March 27, 2012
While many segments of the economy are still struggling to get traction, Kansas agriculture seems ready to jump into the fast lane. At the Mid-America Farm Expo in Salina, farmers say their part of the economy is doing very well.
Marshall County farmer Francis Haug is one of several farmers who paint a rosy picture for the way things are going down on the farm. He says the farm economy is at an all-time high.
"I think farming and agriculture are doing real well right now," said Haug.
Many Kansas farmers share Haug's positive outlook. Higher grain and livestock prices make for fatter paychecks. McPherson County farmer Joe Zerger says the signs are everywhere.
"As a rule, farmers are pretty optimistic. Right now you can see that reflected in the land prices. Land prices have skyrocketed rather recently," said Zerger.
Kansas farmers say their prosperity helps everyone because they end up spending their profits in the community.
"When we make money we're spending money," said Haug. "It's good for everybody."
Vendors like Ralph Nothern of Cimarron are seeing the changes. Overall, he says, farmers are spending more money on agriculture equipment.
"If the farmer's got it they'll spend it," said Nothern. "They've got to."