This is absolutely not needed & not in the best interest of family farmers, other rural people, the water or the land. It’s also illegal under Winona Co. ordinances. Our local gov’t shouldn’t even consider changing the rules to let the biggest factory farm in the area get bigger.
And it’s ridiculous that the proposer is not willing to acknowledge the role of factory farms like his in driving small & mid-size family farms off the land. Of course there’s a connection. It’s simple math: we can have more farms or bigger farms. Not both.
And nothing about consolidation in agriculture is inevitable. It’s all a matter of public policy choices. Let’s make the right ones.
In no particular order, here are some other thoughts I’ve been mulling over, on the politics of hope vs. the politics of fear, values, and the supposed urban-rural divide. This is related to but certainly not exclusive to the #mngov#DFL2018 race.
1) I believe wholeheartedly that a person’s values are not dependent on where they live. People who hold values of compassion and care for each other; respect for our interdependence; building a society that doesn’t leave anyone out; care & respect for the land — live EVERYWHERE.
Progressives live everywhere, OK? And in many cases our progressive values come from, NOT in spite of, our rural upbringings.