If we’re serious about supporting America’s family farms, we better get serious about changing how we allocate the $20 billion/year in federal subsidy dollars for agriculture.
In this U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal podcast, Julie Davenson talks about how the U.S. subsidy system for agriculture is scaled to support two major crops and Big Ag. “Small family farms are left out,” she says.
Davenson, who runs Stonewall Farm in Keene, N.H., a regenerative agriculture education center that includes a certified organic dairy operation, says the few programs available to small farms like hers involve so much paperwork and regulations, that it simply isn’t worth the effort.
“The financial benefit isn’t there,” Davenson says. “We need to level the playing field.”
Last September, along with Regeneration International and the Sunrise Movement, we launched the national coalition of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal. The coalition is committed to advancing policies that support organic regenerative producers.
We recently launched the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal Podcast, to help elevate the voices of regenerative organic farmers. Check here for past and future podcasts.