Host Lisa Elaine Held sits down with writer-researcher Siena Chrisman to talk about her recent reporting on the dire economic realities facing farmers and rural communities across the United States. They discuss the stories and statistics that filled Chrisman’s Civil Eats story “Is the Second Farm Crisis Upon Us?” and how understanding the history of the 1980s farm crisis is crucial to figuring out the factors currently at play. They also discuss solutions: What are government officials, policymakers, advocates, and farmers doing to address the issue?

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