Thursday, December 21, 2006

Subsidies turn farms into big business

The popular image of the struggling family farm appears to disconnect from reality. Check this out:
The very policies touted by Congress as a way to save small family farms are instead helping to accelerate their demise, economists, analysts and farmers say. That's because owners of large farms receive the largest share of government subsidies. They often use the money to acquire more land, pushing aside small and medium-size farms as well as young farmers starting out.
There's more in the Washington Post.

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