Late Night Video — God Made A Factory Farmer

Filed in National by on February 8, 2013

Reboot of the sappy Paul Harvey Farmer commercial from the Superbowl — this time with a major readjustment for reality (approx. 2 minutes)


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  1. jason330 says:

    That is hilarious.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is dumb.

  3. geezer says:

    “This is dumb.”

    And yet more accurate than the original

  4. anonymous says:

    anonymous – (lower case a)

    Sure that lots of folks, when they hear the word ‘farmer,’ don’t realize that these corporations are holding (and/or are selling off) farmlands worth millions,tens of millions, considering resort area. Many bought ages ago for next to nothing – land rich.

    When it’s time to sell, one can be sure they are well represented at the zoning hearing for top dollar.

    Poor farmers.

    What other business can have a product failure, and the government rushes in to help them out, if they’re sitting on millions – or barely anything? Just wondering. Good for the goose/gander.

  5. SussexWatcher says:

    Please name the corporations that own and operate farms in Delaware.

  6. geezer says:

    “What other business can have a product failure, and the government rushes in to help them out, if they’re sitting on millions – or barely anything? Just wondering.”

    That would be the owners of horse racing tracks.

  7. geezer says:

    SW: A large number of them grow a crop — chickens — that they don’t actually own. If they grow for certain chicken corporations, they are given both chickens and feed, aren’t they?

    The point is that the Paul Harvey piece was a steaming helping of the myths that we Americans prefer to the ugly truth. Which is only natural considering that the whole point was to get you to buy a truck, not a farm.

  8. Jason330 says:

    There are 19 times more chicken residents in Sussex than human residents. The accumulated brain power is just about even.

  9. Roland D. Lebay says:

    SW-“Please name the corporations that own and operate farms in Delaware.”

    Google “sussex county delaware farms” and you’ll get 6 corporations on the first page. Perdue is one of them.

  10. SussexWatcher says:

    Perdue doesn’t own farms. Google search results are not truth.

  11. Roland D. Lebay says:

    I guess you have an intimate knowledge of Perdue’s inner workings, SW. You can take it up w/ them.

    You’re doing a great job. Keep up the good work!


  12. cassandra_m says:

    Please name the corporations that own and operate farms in Delaware.

    Which sort of bypasses the fact that most production farms of any size operate as corporations for many reasons.

    Delaware’s poultry business operates largely as n “integrated” part of the major poultry processors, right? These mom and pop corporations (mainly) work for a processor providing chickens under contract. Not unlike farmers in alot of places, the paper value of the land they work sold for other purposes can be worth a great deal — even if the farming operation that is on it might not be.

  13. SussexWatcher says:

    Cassandra: I’m not sure what your point is about the land value. Farmers shouldn’t be allowed to sell their land? Please clarify.

    Roland: I’m sorry you don’t understand that Perdue does not own farms. And another on that Google results list, Royal Farms, is a gas station chain. That’s why Google results are not the gospel truth.

  14. cassandra m says:

    SW, this conversation has multiple voices making multiple points. Mine relates back to the points made in this comment. You can stop lecturing people about the value of google while you figure out how to follow the conversation right in front of you.

  15. geezer says:

    “Perdue doesn’t own farms.”

    No, but only because they’ve figured out a more lucrative business model: They own the chickens and feed, while the farmer picks up the rest of the expenses. The farmer is reduced to a contract worker.

  16. SussexWatcher says:


    You were replying to my post, not anonymous’s, so forgive my confusion.

    Still trying to understand your point.

  17. cassandra m says:

    Replying to your post that responded to the comment I referenced. It is the way conversation works, actually.

  18. SussexWatcher says:

    So now you know whom I was replying to? How omniscient of you.

    Still waiting for you to say something that makes sense instead of just rattling off talking points. When was the last time you set foot near a farm?

  19. cassandra m says:

    And now we get to the deflection part of our program. I’m still in the conversation you seem to be abandoning, sport. When I was on a farm last doesn’t make one bit of difference to the reply I gave you.