Osage, Iowa – Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says there’s a “major crisis” in rural America and the federal government must break up monopolies in the ag sector that treat farmers like “modern-day indentured servants.”
Sanders, in his second bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, used a Sunday speech in Osage to outline his prescriptions for economic revival in rural areas.
Sanders says it’s time for federal oversight of the environmental impact of large-scale poultry and livestock confinements, just as other industries are regulated.
In addition, Sanders would get rid of federal subsidies for crop insurance and, again, link federal payments to targeted prices for commodities.
Sanders says American farmers should be guaranteed federal support to cover production costs, “plus living expenses.”
Sanders would cap federal farm payments, too, to limit payments to large farm operations. Sanders made stops in Spencer and Sioux City on Sunday as well.