A century ago, farmers made up 38% of the work force. Now they make up about 1%. Not many kids grow up dreaming of farming these days. It requires multiple skills, risk and hard labor. Randy Miller and his sons own 400 acres at the state line with Indiana, in Branch County.
Most farmers are of common white ethnic stock. But in the last couple decades, dozens of Amish families have moved to the area, some from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, some from Ohio and Indiana.
Chris McCarus was biking through the area and spoke with Miller about commodity prices, unions and corporations. Miller envies the Amish because they don’t get caught in the credit system that requires the farmer to keep increasing his debt.