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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Disappearing family farmer at crux of By dEAN BACH Catholic News Service COVINGTON, Ky. (CNS)- The "farm crisis" that made headlines in the mid-1980s never went away. It's not in the head- lines like it used to be because it has become the status quo. But the farm crisis has turned into a family crisis. Families that once worked together each day have to readjust when that is no longer the case. Holy Cross Brother David Andrews, executive director of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, predicts the crisis won't level off for some time to come. "The decline in the number of people in farming continues," he said, adding that several hundred farms across the country are lost each year. A way of life is disap- pearing from society because families that have farmed for generations can no longer make a living at it. The 14 counties in the Diocese of Covington are no exception. Once rural, the area is now described as suburban. According to Kentucky agri- cultural statistics, 1,075 farms were lost between 1987 and 1992. In Boone County, more than 24,500 acres of farmland has been sold, most to develop- ment companies. Other counties average a loss of 2,000 acres. The primary reason for this trend is the globalization of the food industry, Brother Andrews said. Large companies control food production and dictate the terms of selling and buying, tak- ing all control out of the hands of the family farmer. He also cited society's increas- ing suburban shift. It creates opportunities for those who move ating pressures on those who would like to stay in farming," Brother Andrews told the Mes- senger, Covington's diocesan newspaper. "As land values go up so do property taxes. It's difficult for farmers to maintain enough income to meet their expenses of running the farm, let alone deal with increasing property taxes." The situation is now seen as a justice issue in' the church, Brother Andrews said. The food and agriculture sub- committee of the U.S. Catholic Conference's Committee on Domestic Policy issued a state- ment last autumn supporting small- and moderate-sized farm- ing. It also expressed concerns about large companies control- ling much of the food production that takes place at the local level. "You can't afford to be a full- time farmer anymore," said L.J. Osbourne, agriculture agent for Kenton County. He estimates it would take at COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Auto! Home! Fire & Life! Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 1925 W. Franklin Street 425-3187 out of the city, but "it is also cre- BUILDING SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 E. Van Trees St., Washington 500 Main St,, Petersburg i Family and Business Insurance Needs Home Fire and Theft Auto Product Liability Contractors Commercial Auto OfficeStores Workers Comp INSURANCE AGENCY 464-5993 George Helfrich i i ii i i i i Funeral Homes ......  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