The year of ‘family farming’

The United Nations has declared 2014 as “the International Year of Family Farming.”

The goal, according to the United Nations, is “to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating┬áhunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.

Are those goals your goals? Do you think Upper Midwest agriculture would be helped or hurt if those goals were achieved?

The answers are complicated because there’s little consensus on what’s a family farm and what isn’t ┬áSmart, well-informed people, including many in the Upper Midwest, often have differing views. Drop me a line and share your thoughts on the issue.

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