The New Yorker, Dan Kaufman, 8/10/2020
“Last October, Jerry Volenec, a dairy farmer from southwestern Wisconsin, took the morning off to go to Madison for the World Dairy Expo…. Volenec wanted to hear a town-hall discussion led by Sonny Perdue, Donald Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture, to learn how the Administration planned to address the economic crisis gripping Wisconsin’s family dairy farmers….
“…In the nineteen-fifties and sixties, Volenec’s grandfather milked a herd of sixteen cows; he could make a living because New Deal policies used price supports and other measures to boost farmers’ earnings and limit overproduction…. In 2000, Volenec installed a milking parlor, and since then he has increased the herd to three hundred and thirty cows….
“After the town hall, Perdue took questions from reporters, one of whom asked if the state’s loss of small farms was inevitable. ‘In America, the big get bigger, and the small will go out,’ Perdue said. ‘I don’t think in America for any small business we have a guaranteed income or guaranteed profitability….'”
Read more: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/08/17/how-suffering-farmers-may-determine-trumps-fate