In response to John Garcia's Nov. 29 letter, "Don't trust farmers who want to eliminate IID jobs," Mr. Garcia's lack of correct facts and figures about farming and farmers is disturbing and misleading.
First, I'm confused by his use of "an annual gross net income of $300 …" per acre. Basically, income is listed as gross or net, not gross net. I agree that $150,000 net income would be considered a good income by many. In truth, most farmers are struggling to make any profit at all and many have borrowed against their equity just to stay in business.
Second, the government does not provide low-interest loans for our operating costs. Low-interest loans for producers of specific crops are available only to those who qualify when enrolled in strictly enforced federal farm programs and only for a limited storage time after harvest and until sold. Other low-interest loans to farmers are reserved for disaster situations.