SMALL AND MID-SCALE FARMS ARE OFTEN EXCLUDED FROM SUBSIDIES AND OTHER BENEFITS.
Large farms growing exclusively commodity crops like corn, wheat, and soy often receive subsidies and other financial supports from the government that small farmers growing “specialty” crops don’t qualify for. (Modern Farmer)
BEGINNING FARMERS OFTEN CAN’T BUY LAND.
In a 2017 survey, 61% of beginning farmers reported that their biggest challenge was access to land. They’re often forced to lease because they can’t find affordable land to buy or can’t earn enough income from farming to support a purchase. Student debt also limits loans for land. (Successful Farming, National Young Farmer Coalition)