Dec 23, 2008 by Lee Hart

Merry Friggin’ Christmas and Blah, Blah, Blah for 2009

Not that I am a wise old
historian, but I really can’t think of a time in recent history anyway, where
the beef industry, the agriculture industry, or the whole economy in general
has been in such a state of turmoil.

Who and what is going to
survive through 2009?

It is too easy to fall
into the negative and depressing thinking that the above headline suggests.
This is frustrating, this is awful, woe is me, the sky is falling, etc.

I don’t have a yard full
of cattle that are barely worth the cost of production to worry about. I don’t
have to figure out if there is a profitable crop I can grow on 5000 acres of
these snow-covered fields next spring.

But sitting here in my
warm office on a cold December morning, I have no guarantees that I will
be doing what I am doing this time next year. I hope so, but you never know.
Six months ago did you know General Motors would be broke?

And I can only suspect
that in the last few months we have probably lost 15 to 20 percent of the value
of what little savings and investments we did have. Freedom 55 just got slid a
little further off into the future.

Have we hit bottom or
how much further…how much worse can the situation get?

I don’t expect us all to
hold hands and burst into song, but the truth is regardless how bleak,
depressing, frustrating things get, the sun will come up tomorrow morning.

We can’t change
yesterday, we don’t know what tomorrow brings and we have no control over it
anyway. You do the best you can today.Enjoy what we have, and be grateful for what we have. “Bet your bottom
dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun!”

Have a good holiday
season and know too that 2009 will be a good year.


Lee Hart

Lee Hart

Lee Hart is a long-time farm writer, and honorary member of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists, with many observations on the agriculture industry, who never hesitates to admit he is wrong (should that ever happen.)

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1 Comment

  • Do you promise that 2009 will be better? I find that the tough part is trying to grasp the volatility and rate of change affecting the ag industry. Its like the industry is on space mountain at disneyland. Long term we must create some stability within the system to allow for better reaction to the extreme volaitility.