Since Neolithic times, farmers have been the foundations of their communities and the world; raising and producing food or raw materials to thrive, benefiting our ecosystem and preserving the environment. As several economic factors threaten the existence of family farms, an ever-increasing number of small farm owners are facing bankruptcy or foreclosure. Many are forced to sell their property or other assets in an effort to survive.
These effects are due heavily in part to unfair policies aimed at enriching larger corporations and the steady decline of a prolific profit margin. Farmers reluctantly rely on credit to operate meanwhile, interest rates are on the rise. In addition, due to price-fixing by larger manufacturers, farmers are forced to sell their goods at competitively low prices while still operating during a time where the cost of expenses continues to rise.
All of these hardships challenging our farmers today call for an immediate and united effort. Without one, our nation faces the loss of hundreds of thousands of family farms, economic instability, and bleak communities. It is time for these steadfast farmers to reap what they have sown for so many generations. It is time they are met with a great scale of reciprocation and support.