Great article, but missed a key element in my opinion. As a retired veteran (formally trained diesel mechanic) now pursuing an Agriculture degree and working towards a career in soil science (long family line of agriculture and military), I work on a farm, and am interning at a soil science lab. In both cases I see a significant lack of trade skills necessary for agriculture. Since I have been on this path, I see these skills continuing to disappear at an alarming rate. Consider the added overhead when basic mechanical repairs/mechanical problem solving that would traditionally be done on-farm are now outsourced at around $125/hour or more (average repair rate for farm machinery in my area). I am beginning to believe that just because someone with a good heart and he ebst of intentions can plant and organize a satisfactory crop rotation plan doesn't mean they can also develop a sustainable farm business.