The Family Farm: Is it Worth Saving?


Guests:

Ken Cook
*President, Environmental Working Group

Steven Walker
*Young Farmer, Seneca Castle, New York

Bruce Bullock
*Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri at Columbia

Senator Charles Grassley
*Republican Senator from Iowa
*Ranking Member, Senate Finance Committee

Victor Davis Hanson
*Classics professor, California State University at Fresno
*Author, Fields Without Dreams : Defending the Agrarian Idea (Lightning Source, March 1997) and The Other Greeks: The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization (University of California Press, January 2000)

Jim Trent
*President, Queens County Farm Museum

The current farm recession is entering its fifth year. And Congress soon is expected to take up the 2002 farm bill. If it passes, it will provide $73 billion dollars for farm programs, food aid and subsidies to farmers. Family farms say they need help staying afloat and want to know, will they see any money? Or will go to agribusiness? Join host Neal Conan and guests for a discussion about farmers and farming.

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