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Tthe value of ranch land and attitudes

I had a very unnerving event this past weekend.  It happened at the local farmers market that we sell our beef at every Friday and Saturday. It went  something like this.  Another vendor stepped up to me and said; "Don't you live on such and such a road just outside Bastrop?"


"Wow, I bet that land of your's is really worth a lot of money."

"Yes, but we're not interested in selling.  We ranch and want to keep it that way."

"Well, but when the developers come around and offer you all that money, how are you going to say no?"

"We'll say no if we can avoid being squeezed out by the escalating property taxes and don't have eminent domain used on us (there is also talk of a loop around Bastrop and it could very easily go through our land)"

At that point another vendor piped in, "But a road wouldn't take that much land and just think of how much more the land will be worth at that point!"

At this piont, my stomach is starting to turn.  All I can see is a road going over all my live oaks and my cattle staring at each other separated by a four-lane.  What just happened here?  I just want to stay on my land. 

And I guess my questions are; "Isn't what I do valuable to society?  And doesn't my land have a lot of value just because of what I do?  Would it really be worth more to society with loads of houses and cars on it?

Finally why does everybody think that what I do as a rancher is so expendable?




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It is unnerving to say the least. I wish more individuals would realize how rapidly we are loosing farmers/ranchers to development of shopping centers and subdivisions. What do they think they are going to eat? Microwaveable dinners from China?

There is no price for homegrown food. It's priceless.

Posted by Ang/ St. Fairsted Farm on December 01, 2008 at 02:08 PM CST #

We have the same sort of scenario here at our poultry farm. They are talking about putting in a beltway from the south that will take land away from our farm and place the interstate 5' from our front door. Needless to say either they would try to buy us out or emminent domain as they call it (I think it is another name for legal theft) would usurp our home, not to mention all of our poultry buildings. I raise endangered chickens and I am starting to understand how they feel. I believe Farmers have a lot more worth than most give us credit for. Why do we need more roads when the auto companies are going belly up and the price of gas is so volatile?

Posted by choppertai on December 02, 2008 at 01:59 PM CST #

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