"The cornerstone of the multibillion-dollar system of federal farm subsidies is an iconic image of the struggling family farmer: small, powerless against Mother Nature, tied to the land by blood . . . This imagery secures billions annually in what one grower called 'empathy payments' for farmers. But it is misleading."

-- The Washington Post, "Federal Subsidies Turn Farms Into Big Business," 12/21/06

In this video, Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI), Texas farmer Ed Gangl, and the investigative team at The Washington Post discuss the image versus the reality. (7 minutes)

Photo credit:  An idealized image of small family farming, used in a World War II-era poster. (Image no. ww0870-06, Northwestern University Library)

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