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View From the Cab
Tue Apr 9, 2013 12:24 PM CDT

LANGDON, Mo. (DTN) -- U.S. farm strength used to be measured by individual farm diversity. That's because multiple farm enterprises guaranteed family farm agriculture's stability and profit. But many of the biggest U.S. farms today rely on specialization in a single area, animal agriculture or row-crop production, to deliver reliable financial results.

View From the Cab farmers Kane Bercaw of Union City, Mich., and William "Shep" Sheppard of Louisiana, Mo., are exceptions to that rule.

For Kane, a fifth-generation Michigan farmer, diversity is achieved by combining common Corn Belt crops with vegetable and seed ...

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