Leah Douglas published an article in Washington Monthly explaining how corporate-run agricultural co-ops are squeezing the very farmers they’re supposed to protect. As she writes:
The depressed state of rural America is getting a fresh look as a result of the 2016 election, and rightly so. People are asking how to bring back rural prosperity and restore small-town civic life. A good first step would be to recreate the successes of places like Westby. That starts by asking why co-ops aren’t doing the same thing elsewhere.