Farming is increasingly political. It’s difficult for a new farmer to access the land due to the Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code. The UDC makes it practically impossible to build an alternative and affordable homestead. The property tax penalizes land improvements. Land itself is expensive to purchase since the lack of a land tax allows rent to be capitalized in the selling price. Farm subsidies are also capitalized in the selling price.A first step toward leveling the farming field for small farming is to not renew the farm bill in 2018. Then put the bureaucrats in the USDA and DATCP out to pasture. They are about as useful as teats on a boar hog or a city dude from Milwaukee. Real farmers will not miss the bureaucrats. Industrial farmers with their history of farming the government will be at a loss. Good riddance.
If healthcare is a right than healthy food is also. One way to insure people eat healthy is a good supply of cheap healthy foods and of course a limited and costly selection of bad foods. Farmers must be compensated for the cost of sustainable practices and market exposure.
In my area Frito Lay contracts chip potato supplies (not a healthy food but this is an example of what could be done for any crop). They provide the seed potatoes and dictate the crop inputs and type of cultivation and harvest practices. In return the farmer gets a guaranteed handsome return per acre.
Pay a farmer what he needs and he will grow whatever you want any way you want.
By the Numbers: A Look at Consolidation in U.S. Agriculture