The United States agriculture policy, especially the effect it has on
developing countries is “shameful.” That was the assessment of an American farmer who recently got a first-hand look at conditions in West Africa, as part of a tour sponsored by the international relief agency Oxfam America.
Farmers from several states, including Vermont, met with working farmers in Mali, as well as government officials from the U.S. and the Malian government, and the trip could have an impact on the new farm bill Congress comes up with next year.
One of the farmers who made the trip is Dexter Randall of North Troy, Vermont – a dairy farmer and a member of the Vermont House since 2004. He spoke with Mitch Wertlieb about his experience.