DEAR SIR: There are many difficult issues that can make farming a stressful occupation – weather, price for produce, new regulations etc.
However, there is one issue that hardly ever makes it into the farming press, nor is ever brought up in discussion groups – farmers who won’t pay their bills.
I am not talking about a farmer that is finding cashflow difficult, who comes forward and tells someone he just needs a few weeks’ credit and does pay what he owes.
I am talking about the farmer who drives a big car, eats out in the best restaurants, has holidays abroad and weekends in five-star hotels.
However, when you ask them for your money, you are told they are broke.
More and more farmers are engaging in this dishonesty. I, like many other people, am sick and tired of it.