Shakopee Valley News - Letters from Jan. 12Changes needed in U.S. farm policyAs citizens of Shakopee, many of us know of or remember how Shakopee used to look over 15 years ago.Most of Shakopee was covered with farm fields. Highway 169 did not divide our town, nor did Walmart -Martor Target occupy Shakopee with business.Where did all those fields go? If you head south out of town, there you can find vast fields, which Shakopeeresembled. Nevertheless, Shakopee was a proud farming community in past years.As a student of St. Olaf College in Northfield, I have spent a semester dedicated to understanding the politicsof the food industry. This took me to studying the politics behind farming more specifically. After furtherresearch,( C )I found that poor governmental policy is the cause of the depletion of small-town farms.(P)Simply put, due to the current policies half-created by monopolistic corporations, small-town farmers cannotafford or produce enough to meet the standards.