Small farmers are struggling to make a living.

farming is North Carolina's largest industry, employing 19% of the workforce - yet the number of farmers has been declining for a decade

 

Small and mid-scale farmers are often excluded from subsidies and other benefits. 

Large farms growing exclusively commodity crops like corn, wheat, and soy often receive subsidies and other financial supports from the government that small farmers growing "specialty" crops don't qualify for. (Washington Post)

Women farmers and farmers of color are historically disadvantaged.

These farmers face unique challenges - and the demand for grants to support them vastly exceeds funding supply provided by U.S. legislation. (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, New York Times)