Darvin Bentlage


The elephant in the room that’s destroying family farms, rural communities and our democracy

By: - June 14, 2022

I love farming and have been doing it all my life, but I told my kids not to come back to the farm, because there’s no future in it. That’s the sad truth. Over the last year on Capitol Hill, there have been multiple hearings and bills and even an executive order to address what […]


Although forever optimists, family farmers are fighting for a future

By: - February 23, 2022

Even though the cards are often stacked against us, farmers are the ultimate optimists. I’m a 4th generation cattle and grain farmer, and, right now, I’m optimistic that, for the first time since Teddy Roosevelt with the Packer and Stockers Act of 1921, we have a president that is trying to take on corporate control […]


Corporate meat lobby claims it’s the scapegoat when it’s really the problem

By: - October 11, 2021

Recently, in a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, the North American Meat Institute, a mouthpiece for the corporate meatpacking industry, complained that the Biden Administration’s work to combat concentration in the agriculture industry cannot ignore the “fundamental principles of supply and demand.” Let us look at some facts to counter their claims. In […]


Will Joe Biden’s executive order spark real change in food production?

By: - August 26, 2021

A Midwestern farmer explains the need for change in a sector with a big footprint in North Carolina President Joe Biden recently signed an executive order aimed at increasing competition across all sectors of the economy. This is a long time coming and a good first step in addressing a number of long term problems. […]