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Report card

  The National Commission on Small Farms released a report card grading the U.S. Department of Agriculture's effort to help family farmers. The agency received a "D" for failing to help independent farmers compete against large agribusiness. It earned its best grade, "B'," for providing marketing assistance. For a copy of the Time to Act report card, call Marie Powell at 402/846-5428 or visit www.cfra.org.