Catching up more on our Buckeye State stop… In rural Bluffton, Ohio, I rode along for a time in combine as a local farmer harvested some soy beans. This was a 1985 combine and is the smallest model out there. He said this model new today would cost about $250,000. He continued that small farmers are at a real disadvantage to compete today with farming implement prices the way they are. What’s more, he said that currently on average farmers, across the board, get about $30 an acre subsidy from the government every year. He said this is a tremendous advantage to mega-corporate farms that encompass thousands of acres. Our agriculture platform calls for categorizing these huge corporate farms as monopolies, breaking them up and mobilizing the return of the small family farm, en masse. The small family farm was once the backbone of our country. And should be again… Note: Bluffton, Ohio, is the home of Bluffton University. Their mascott is “the beaver.” Last week the Bluffton News carried the following Sports Page headline about the university’s football team: Beavers Bite Down On Fall Season. I just love small town newspapers.