The world of the farmer, especially
in its upper third, is now intricately related to the world of big government,
forming with it a combination of private and public enterprise wherein
private gains are insured and propped by public funds. The independent
farmer has become politically dependent; he no longer belongs to a world
of straightforward economic fact. Centralization has brought consolidated
farming and farm chains, run like corporate units by central management.
. . . Industrial and financial interests that have invested in farm properties
are active agents for rational methods of production and management. They
have the money to buy the machines and employ the engineers. Even where
they do not invest, own, or manage directly, they take over processing
and marketing. . . . Thus the farmer must deal with the business interests
closing in on the processing and the distributing of his product (White
Collar: The American Middle Classes, 1951, 40-41).