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Farmer's Auction

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

The ninth annual farmer's auction continues today in headland, and while business is booming, the number of farmers is quickly declining.

More than 60 acres are covered in farm equipment and as soon as one space is cleared, another tractor, inverter, or front loader takes it place.

Tim Harrison, an auction supervisor says, "You name it we got it out there. There's boats, vehicles, motorcycles, boats as you saw, we have bass boats, combines, a lot of peanut equipment."

The wide variety of items up for bid lure people from over 25 states to this area each year. But as exciting as this auction is, and as lucrative as it is for sellers, many farmers are suffering as big businesses continue to take over the agricultural market.

Andy McRae, a farmer says, "There’s just nothing to it any more, I mean I’m going broke." These farmers are turning in their old equipment in exchange for a little cash in hopes of staying afloat. But not everyone is losing hope in local farmers, some think that the business is just changing and that farmer's have little to fear.

Harrision says, "The farmers are a very determined group, they're good fighters and I don't see that many going out of business because of economic reasons, we don't see that many bankruptcies or foreclosures." While some farmers are retiring and finding passions off the farm, others see their livelihoods slipping away with each passing year and are not so optimistic.

McRae is one of those farmers. "We used to do pretty good in the 70s and it's just been going down hill ever since." But for now the auction is in full force and offering farmers deals that can be found no where else.

If you are interested in attending the farmers’ auction, you haven't missed your chance yet. The auction will continue all day Saturday and everyone is welcome to attend.


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