Do you understand farm subsidies?
Melanie RedmanMelanie Redman is a Social Mission Collaborator with more than 10 years of direct experience in strategic, leadership and advisory roles across the social mission sector in the U.S. and Canada. She calls many places home - most recently Toronto, Buenos Aires and Seattle - but was sprouted from the Ozark Mountains of Southern Missouri. Learn more about her work at www.melanieredman.com or on LinkedIn.
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I wouldn't be surprised to find one of the reasons that so much of the subsidies going to so few people would be because of sharecropping. (Noticed that wasn't in your widget). A great many "farmers" don't own the farms they work on, instead they're "commission" employees for a larger conglomerate, so they wouldn't get any subsidies, the owners of the "farms" like Monsanto, Rice Land and others would.
Speaking of public broadcasting you might want to check this NPR story http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125905759
And the resources for local food within the article http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/knowyourfarmer?navid=KNOWYOURFARMER
I especially like leveraging the power of the Internet to connect people to connect organic farmers with consumers. http://www.localdirt.com/