Our members don't have the same kind of focus on the smaller productions per se, but we are very much interested in programs for our younger farmers, who are often smaller-scale producers.
We just did a series of focus group sessions with them. We wanted to understand what their issues were. They take over decision-making for a couple of small fields attached to their parents' operation, and they look to grow that, but as part of their parents' operation they can't access the business risk management programs themselves, so it takes a lot longer for them to build up their credibility and their knowledge of these programs.
I appreciated the comments about communicating the availability of programs to younger farmers.
The other thing we heard from them is that they would like a little bit more training around farm management as it relates to accessing programs, doing the paperwork and looking at the whole operation from a farm business management point of view.
For us, when we think of small farmers, we're really talking about the younger farmers who are attached to a bigger operation and who are looking to expand. How do we make sure they have the knowledge and education, and how do we make sure that the program recognizes them and their role as a smaller part of a larger group?