USDA should stop subsidizing corporate ag to give farmers a chance
USDA needs to shift their priorities and funding from corporate ag to decentralized farm and food industry that benefits independent family farmers, workers, eaters and our environment.
Farmers haven't gotten a fair price that covers the cost of production and family living expenses for the past 60 years, but corporate ag has enjoyed hijacking our public dollars through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
That includes the eight years that Tom Vilsack was the agriculture secretary under Obama, when he continued to use the USDA to give handouts to big ag.
That includes the past four years when Sonny Perdue was agriculture secretary under Trump, when farmers continued to receive a price below the cost of production.
It doesn't matter if it's a Republican or a Democrat running the USDA. If they are pushing corporate ag and the factory farm industry's agenda, it's small farmers, everyday folk, and our communities that will continue to be left in the lurch.
Farmers deserve a fair price, just like workers deserve a living wage.
In 2021, we need congress to address parity pricing for farmers. And we need more than lip service from the Biden-Harris USDA administration. USDA needs to shift their priorities and funding from corporate ag to decentralized farm and food industry that benefits independent family farmers, workers, eaters and our environment.
It's long past time to stop subsidizing corporate ag and start giving farmers a fair price for what they produce.
Editor's note: Ginter is a farmer in Rhodes, Iowa, and a member of the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement