This summer (June 2010) Farm Aid released a paper titled "Rebuilding America's Economy with Family Farm-Centered Food Systems".
From Farm Aid's page "Seeds of hope lie in America’s family farmers and ranchers despite the grim
economic conditions facing the nation. Our new report seeks to
underscore what we at Farm Aid know as a simple truth: supporting
family farmers and family farm centered food systems is a powerful
strategy for jumpstarting our fragile economy and revitalizing
communities across America."
The report is attached below and can be found on the Farm Aid Website
Report PDF: FARMAID-REBUILDINGAMERICASECONOMY_FINAL2.pdf