SEGMENT: GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, RELFECTIONS, & ENVIRONMENT

Stephen Scates>ISM Interviews M-Z>ISM Interviews M-Z, Segment 9

SEGMENT: GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, RELFECTIONS, & ENVIRONMENT,

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WOMEN'S WORK
Most farmers are male. Most farmers are white. Remembers two or three in Gallatin County.
GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS
Subsidies have helped through hard times. Difficult to administer when needed. Farm programs are written for seven years at a time. Although crop prices have increased, operating cost has increased as well (fuel and fertilizer).
REFLECTIONS
Doesn't want to see a handful of companies controlling all agriculture. Points out that the US relies on other countries for fuel, doesn't want to see us rely on other countries for food as well.
ENVIRONMENT
Learned hard lessons about erosion in the 1920s. No-till farming is used whenever possible. Soil erosion also effects water quality.
FARM BUSINESS
Main goal is to make a profit to be able to pay the partners and employees. Finds the farming process very enjoyable.