The trend reflected on this chart must be reversed; it demonstrates a clear threat to our future national security. While the chart only shows diary and hog farms, the same trends exist across all sectors of agriculture. As a key plank of my platform, I remain committed to the principle that revitalizing family farming is a means of creating jobs while also securing a safe and healthy food supply.
Similar to environmental impact studies, our legislators and government leadership must begin implicitly employing a family-farm-impact assessment of all state policies, regulations, rules and programs. As discussed in this article, small regulatory rule changes may greatly impact the development of smaller family farms.