In this survey, we ask about federal programs you’ve taken part in, what you think of them, and how you’d feel about a pilot program that would assist farmers in transitioning to alternative markets that are decentralized and growing.
The National Farmers Union reports that options for small family farmers dwindle as large agribusinesses consolidate around them.
Regarding poultry, pork, beef, corn, and soybeans:
American family farmers and ranchers have been dealing with rapid consolidation in the industries that both supply and buy from their operations. This consolidation has led to increased costs for farmers, less choice and competition in the marketplace, less innovation, and increased prices for consumers.
The farmer’s share of every retail dollar has fallen from 50% in 1952 to less than 16% today.National Farmers Union Consolidation Policy Brief
As of 2017, operations with more than 2,500 cows account for just 1.3 percent of dairy farms but claim a whopping 35.3 percent of the total value of milk production. As the industry becomes increasingly consolidated, family dairies are at an even further disadvantage in the marketplace.
Dairy farmers are forced to grow their operation or go out of business.National Farmers Union – It’s Time to Reform the Dairy Industry
The USDA offers various insurance, subsidy, and margin protection programs to keep farmers in business when business conditions soften and/or profits drop.
In this survey, you are asked about federal programs you’ve taken part in, what you think of them, and how you’d feel about a pilot program that will assist farmers in transitioning to alternative markets that are decentralized and growing.