I also don't get the hang up on organic from several of you. I'm NOT organic and not one farmer I know around here is either. I try to grow my veggies that way but my animals eat locally milled and grown conventional animal feeds. My cattle are probably closer to organic as they eat only grass and hay and I don't spray my pastures...but I'm not advertising them as such. Consumers are pretty informed these days about the fallacy of the organic label and most are concerned about where their food, meat, eggs, and veggies comes from and how it was handled and raised. The use of antibiotics and hormones is a big concern to many also and they often seek out farmers who do not use these inputs in raising their animals. I'm not debating this but simply stating fact.
Come and visit me and go with me to the market in the summer here...or attend them in your area. LISTEN to what the people are asking the farmers there...and these people are generally well informed and engaged. I have clients ranging from young couples with small kids to retired older people and of all races and nationalities. I have one French guy who won't buy chicken from anyone else and many loyal egg customers. The only thing they have in common is their interest in locally sourced food.
I did not coin the phrase "corporate welfare" but others did. I think it's somewhat fitting for how much of our taxpayer money is divvied out to keep prices of certain crops artificially low thus keeping the food made from it artificially low as well. I think it's an outrage the way our taxpayer money is handled in this country in more ways than this and I'm happy to insult those who waste it...so don't get your panties in a wad over my terminology. It's not intended to insult you so try not to get hung up over it.