Taste 50: It's the year of the farm

  • Article by: RICK NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 6, 2013 - 11:27 AM

There are 79,400 family farms in Minnesota, but that number is just the beginning of the story. The figure, from 2012, comes courtesy of the state’s Department of Agriculture. Government has its idea of what constitutes a farm — and a farmer — and we have ours.

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splinedJun. 6, 13 6:28 AM

Smaller farmers are sick and tired of congress awarding larger farmers with lottery sized financial insurance benefits. US ag is a highly competitive business between farmers. Billions in insurance subsidies and billions in gov't investment/profit guarantees have been capitalized into higher land prices with US cropland selling in many areas between$5000 and $20,000 per crop acre. When gov't targets annually lottery sized awards to the largest farmers (multimillion dollar insurance subsidies as well as multimillion dollar investment/profit guarantees) this annihlilates the ability of the smallest farmers to compete. Gov't has no business throwing around multimillion dollar investment/profit guarantees nor billion dollar subsidies for these guarantees.

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pcaulfieldJun. 6, 13 7:32 AM

What about the fabulous milk and butter from Stony Creek in Melrose. Old Fashioned flavor and farming practices. A strong restaurant brand in TC market.

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ruphinaJun. 6, 13 7:50 AM

It seems you are extending the definition of "farmer" well into the backyard gardener category. Bill G.

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