Average Joe Buckeye Blitz cont. Stopped by the County Fair in Van Wert, Ohio, yesterday. I was particularly drawn to an “Old Fashioned Farmers Display” that featured small tractors from the 1930s and ’40s. We would actually like to see a return to this “smaller technology” on farms, in tandem with a dramatic come back for the small family farm in America. “We are not only losing these farms, we are losing a way of life that is so important to the fabric of this country,” I told the Country Today newsaper in Wisconsin during a Election 2000 campaign tour. As the farm machinery got bigger and bigger, it opened the door for bigger and bigger farms, with the far end of the continuim being corporate mega-farms. This scenario, we believe, is often driven by greed. While Amish farmers, for instance, stay small because they know the family up the lane needs to make a living off the land as well.