U.S. Farm Service Agency state director Tracy Beckman
told them they could talk about subsidies and specialty programs all they want , but he
says the real problem is that a small number of large agri-businesses are driving small farmers out.
Until we get serious about challenging and breaking up some of these big conglomerates , we're simply not going to see our agriculture in Minnesota flourish , Beckman
said.It's gotten in the hands of just a few people and , basically , they're controlling the markets..
Residents in Crookston participated in the Citizens' Forum by teleconference.