3 Minnesota farm Families, the Kramers, Stamers and Melbergs

A look at 3 Minnesota farm Families, the Kramers, Stamers and Melbergs. The only way to see if the 2012 Senate Farm Bill is fair or still needs more cuts. Do a side by side comparison of what these 3 farm Families have received in both direct payments and Crop Insurance Subsidies under the 2008 act and compare it to the just pasted Senate farm Act. Also audit how much government money these Family Trees have received since 1996 under “Freedom To Farm” and to see if they have become “Subsidy Forests”. Which needs to be done before the House Farm Bill is debated.


  1. Carol Braaten on July 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Just wondering why you are picking on and naming those 3 family farmers in
    your video. I don’t personally know any of them, but as I looked on ewg.org to see the subsidy that they have received through the years 1995-2011, I also noticed that Harvest States has received more than any family farmer listed and more than the top 20 farmers combined. Why not work to get the big Coops off the list altogether rather than pick on a family farmer who earns an honest living. Besides that the family farmer probably has several families living off the income and the subsidy is divided up over 16 years. So when pencilled out it doesn’t amount to a spit in the ocean dollarwise. Let’s see you do something worthwhile rather than lambasting hard working farmers who depend on the Lord for their very existence not the government as you imply!!

  2. Doug on October 26, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Carol, the three names listed are not family farms. These are large-scale production farms that have thrived thanks to the outrageous prices beet prices. They’re making it hard for the REAL family farms, who farm corn and soybeans, to pick up any available acreage. They’re also sucking all of the nutrients out of the ground. Using your name in the corporation’s name doesn’t make it a family farm.

    • william on April 26, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Jealousy is a stinky cologne and this guy stinks of it. 38,000 dollars haha might get a set of used tires for a tractor with that. Nothing like cutting down a family for working hard and being successful, these guys are working hard while your sitting on the porch drinking tea, or sleeping.

    • Joe on May 28, 2015 at 10:02 am

      I don’t even know these families personally, but I’m from the area and comments like this are just ridiculous to me. It’s so easy to use your jealousy to villain-ize someone over the internet. Once in a while people like you need to step back and remember that these families really are just that, families. They’re people that have feelings, and wives with feelings, and children with feelings. So while you sit back, bully, start rumors, and talk poorly of these men and their families on the internet, at the local coffee shop or watering hole take that into consideration.
      What constitutes a “family farm” to you, Doug? Apparently NOT a father who worked his butt off to make a life for his family? A son continuing to do the same thing to try to form a legacy for their family while instilling a sense of pride and a desire to work. The Kramers, Stamers and Melbergs are three examples of hard work paying off. You work hard, you take some risks. Sometimes the risks are rewarded and sometimes you take a bit in the ass, but each day you wake up and try to do better than you did the day before.
      I’m not sure what you know about nutrients of the land, Doug, but I feel like it’s a safe assumption that these farms keep close tabs on crop rotation as well as fertilization in order to keep the land they farm in tip-top shape. If they didn’t, it would be hard to rule the world and eat up all the acreage, don’t you think?
      I’d also like to point out that I’ve never seen these families on the interwebs whining or getting in a pissing match with the likes of you. Why? Because they’re probably working. Take a hint.
      Get off the internet and get to work.

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