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Thank a Farmer Week: Mark Goldinger

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Mark Goldinger is a row crop farmer in rural Palmyra. Mark Goldinger is a row crop farmer in rural Palmyra.
One of the tractors at Goldinger's farm. One of the tractors at Goldinger's farm.
Farm and ranch families account for less than 2% of the US population. Farm and ranch families account for less than 2% of the US population.
Goldinger started farming part-time in 1999 and is now growing corn and soybeans full-time. Goldinger started farming part-time in 1999 and is now growing corn and soybeans full-time.
Tractor at the farm. Tractor at the farm.
MARION COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) -

We are continuing to highlight local farmers this week as part of Missouri's 'Thank a Farmer Week.'

Mark Goldinger is a row crop farmer in rural Palmyra. 

Goldinger started farming part-time in 1999 and is now growing corn and soybeans full-time. 

He says farming is a full time job as the number of those who decide to go into the field is declining. 

"Today we are doing the job that 20 people would've done back in the '50s and '60s," said Goldinger. "Twenty to 30 people would've done that and now just a handful of us are doing that same amount of work, same amount of acres but we are growing two to three times as much crop as they used to at that time as well."

With a projected growth in global population by the year 2050, the Missouri Farm Bureau estimates that farmers around the world will have to grow 70 percent more food than is now produced. 

Farm and ranch families account for less than 2% of the US population. 
 

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