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Darvin Bentlage

Darvin Bentlage

Darvin Bentlage is a fourth-generation cattle and grain farmer from Barton County and a member of Missouri Rural Crisis Center.

COMMENTARY

The elephant in the room which is destroying family farms, rural communities and democracy

By: - August 15, 2022

I love farming and have been doing it all my life, but I told my kids not to come back to the farm, because there’s no future in it. That’s the sad truth. During the last year on Capitol Hill, there have been multiple hearings and bills and even an executive order to address what […]

COMMENTARY

Corporate meat lobby claims they’re the scapegoat when they’re really the problem

By: - November 1, 2021

Recently, in a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, the North American Meat Institute (NAMI), a mouthpiece for the corporate meatpacking industry, complained that the Biden Administration’s work to combat concentration in the agriculture industry cannot ignore the “fundamental principles of supply and demand.” Let us look at some facts to counter their claims. […]

COMMENTARY

Will Biden’s changes help farmers and ranchers?

By: - August 25, 2021

President Joe Biden recently signed an executive order aimed at increasing competition across all sectors of the economy. This is a long time coming and a good first step in addressing a number of long term problems. One important point of interest for agriculture is the change to the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Act […]