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Farmers Deserve a Better System

(Photo: John Minchillo/AP) from article linked below

(Photo: John Minchillo/AP) from article linked below

"These issues are all symptoms of a much larger problem — our current system of agricultural production is rigged against family farmers. Instead of markets and government policies that help all to thrive, we have markets and government policies that enable the largest operators, processors, input manufacturers, and crop insurance companies to become even larger. These firms have everything to gain and nothing to lose from using their wealth, power, and influence to maintain the current “get big or get out” system of agricultural production, in which farmers must continue to adopt new technologies and strive to increase production regardless of demand. Farmers — not large corporations — are the ones forced to tighten their belts in response to low commodity prices."

Read the article from greenbaypressgazette.com here