Dutch Creek Farms, south of the Twin Cities, hosted President Joe Biden as he kicked off his focus on rural issues. Biden said the economics of agriculture told farmers they had to get big or get out. “Over the past four decades, we lost over 400,000 farms in America and over 141 million acres of farmland,” cited Biden. “That’s roughly equal to the size of Minnesota, North and South Dakota combined. ” Faced with higher costs, Biden said family farms have struggled to make it the math work “and the promise of keeping the farm in the family is slipping out of reach for so many across America.” To support farmers and rural communities, the White House announced over $5 billion for rural infrastructure and climate-smart agriculture projects. Numerous members of the cabinet are on the road telling that story.
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