If Joe Haberli had declared bankruptcy three years ago, he believes he might still be milking cows today. Haberli Farms in Egg Harbor auctioned off their cows and equipment last month after the stress of paying back vendors and trying to make a living got to be too much. With milk and crop prices low, making the numbers work on a daily basis took a toll on his family, a relationship he says is starting to get stronger again. A couple of weeks after seeing his livelihood go to the highest bidder, Haberli says he never thought that he would be where he is now.
Despite having several offers for work elsewhere, Haberli says he hopes he can stay in agriculture by doing some cash cropping and raising heifers for other farms in the area.