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Ohio Farmers are Suffering 01/28/2014 @ 2:50pm I wish you could do an article on farming in southwest ohio. It has been a nitemare. After the worst drought in 2012 in our county since 1930, banks do not want to deal with any farmers, especially if they raise cattle. That year despite the drought we were able to pay off $1.5M in an operating loan. They used to be structured as revolving so if a farmer had a bad year, they could carry over some of the costs into the next year. Now they will not do that. We have to pay our operating loans completely off in 10 months. Now they frown down on any farmer who raises cattle. We used to raise 1000 head of cattle but no one will lend us money so we ended up selling all the cattle out and paying off producers credit. We cant even get an operating loan because we have 6 empty fairly new and paid for cattle barns, 4000 tons of silage in the bunker and no cattle. we have plenty of equity but the banks want us to put at least $200K in their account so they can loan it back to us at 6%. We never hear about these stories. After seven generations of farming in this family, it looks like we are going to be one less family carrying on the tradition.

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