A family went into farming, though of a slightly unusual kind. They bred pheasants. What crop they planted was fed to the birds. (They also had a dog breeding operation.) When, half a million in debt, they filed for bankruptcy under the provisions that would apply to family farms, the bank denied that they were a farm at all.
The court disagreed, carefully going through the factors of what makes a farm a farm. Its conclusion was a blunter warning to those tempted by too-creative arguments. Farmers, it said, should not be denied the protection of the bankruptcy code’s chapter governing agriculture “merely because their endeavors are not found in the laundry list of Old McDonald’s farm.”