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Not forgotten

Lutherans provide care and seek justice for family farmers

More than 100 farmers grew potatoes in Northampton County, Pa., when William Tallman started in the business decades ago.

"Now there are three," said Tallman, 59, shaking his head. "I don't mean to sound bitter or ugly, but it's just the economics of the thing."

Tallman is a member of Salem Lutheran Church, Bethel, Pa. Pressured by languishing prices, rising costs and increased competition from corporate agriculture, he and other independent family farmers nationwide have suffered in recent years even as the rest of the country has prospered.


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