Joe Maxwell has spent his life fighting for working Americans. He’s been a farmer, a soldier and attorney and a politician winning seats in the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri senate before serving a term as Lieutenant Governor.

More recently, Joe spent five years leading Organization for Competitive Markets, “a membership based research and advocacy organization, working to expose and break the stranglehold of corporate consolidation in our food and agricultural economy.”

Joe stepped away from OCM to found and lead a new group, Family Farm Action, which calls itself, “a progressive voice fighting to protect America’s family farms and rural communities from multinational agribusiness monopolies that are destroying rural economies and way of life.”

We spoke with Joe about his experience with the farm crisis of the 1980s, corporate consolidation in agriculture and how it has impoverished rural America.

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