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Many people living on a few acres could be considered successful, if peace and quiet were one of the only considerations. A "Better Environment" to raise children would also be considered a benefit to …

Many people living on a few acres could be considered successful, if peace and quiet were one of the only considerations. A "Better Environment" to raise children would also be considered a benefit to country living. Many issues arise from the romantic notions of working the farm. People invest much time and money, only to find out that they either have made mistakes or the time necessary puts too high a demand on their current lifestyle. Many beginners purchase new equipment, plant the wrong crops and do not understand the make-up of the property they have purchased. An example is the difference between total acreage and usable acreage.

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