Machinery Chatter
Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:54 AM CDT

I can't watch a huge combine roaring across a field without thinking that what I'm watching is a factory on wheels. Raw materials go in; a finished product comes out. Same with livestock facilities such as hog houses: A group of animals goes in; meat almost ready for market comes out. Simple enough. Yet "factory farming" on a bumper sticker is a pejorative term. It somehow manages to impart negative images of mindless machines grinding out suspect food for an innocent populous.

Factory farming -- or industrialized agriculture -- was a topic of conversation for a young Mississippi farmer and ...

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