Share on
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy

Latest Episodes

Share on
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Share on
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Share on
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace
Share on
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Share on
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report

The age of fraud

May 17, 2019
Share on
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Share on
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Share on
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Share on
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Share on
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report

Subsidies favor big farms

Amy Scott Oct 11, 2006
Share Now on:
HTML EMBED:
COPY

TEXT OF STORY

MARK AUSTIN THOMAS: These days farmers rely on federal subsidies and grants to get by. But a new study says small and medium-sized farms are often left out in the cold. Marketplace’s Amy Scott reports.


AMY SCOTT: The nonprofit Center for Rural Affairs looked at four grant programs run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems, for example, was set up in part to promote small and medium-sized dairies and farms.

Study co-author Jon Bailey, says that hasn’t happened.

JON BAILEY: The two years we looked at there was about $500 million dedicated to these four programs, and we only found about five percent of the projects that were funded were beneficial to small and mid-sized and beginning farmers and ranchers.

Others say the study is misleading. Daniel Sumner with UC Davis recently received a grant from one of the programs to study the economics of obesity.

DANIEL SUMNER: Those grants may not have the words small farm in the title or the abstract, but they’re really affecting all of agriculture.

But without more efforts to help family farms, and those just starting out, the study warns the mid-sized farm could all but disappear.

In New York, I’m Amy Scott for Marketplace.

How We Survive
How We Survive
Climate change is here. Experts say we need to adapt. This series explores the role of technology in helping humanity weather the changes ahead.