The U.S. agriculture sector is on a crash course.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 2,000 points to 16,069, and the S&P 500 is down 1,000 to 2,749.
Farmers markets are in tatters, with prices falling to record lows and prices soaring.
In the last week, the price of a can of beans has dropped by more than 50 per cent, to about $0.64 per pound.
The USDA is forecasting a $1.1 billion loss in farm-related income this year.
And while the Agriculture Department has said that prices are going up, it has not yet released any new figures.
Farmers are struggling to keep up with rising food costs and are facing increasing food safety concerns, including a spike in salmonella cases in recent weeks.
Last week, an audit of the food safety system uncovered a wide range of problems.
It found that inspectors were not adequately training and maintaining employees and that food safety inspectors were inadequately trained to detect food-borne illness.
One report released last month found that food-safety inspections had fallen by 20 per cent in the last year, with a similar rate of drop in other industries.
Some experts have warned that the current farm-bill cuts, which would affect more than $1 trillion over the next decade, could cause a crisis.
On Monday, the White House said the bill will cut $1,000 per family from the average household income, a cut that will hit farm families hardest.
Agriculture is a $30 billion industry, with food-related sales totalling $6.2 trillion in 2016.
But the farm bills that Congress passed last year included far fewer provisions for agriculture.
There are about $8 trillion in farm subsidies, a bill that President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan say is necessary to ensure farmers get what they need to produce and eat healthy food.
For example, the Senate bill provides $3.6 billion for food stamp benefits, while the House bill gives $3 billion.
Both bills are also designed to give rural states the ability to cut back on agricultural subsidies, and to ensure that food stamps will be used to feed more people in the country.
But many food-policy experts argue that the bill fails to adequately address the root causes of the problem.
“Agricultural subsidies, like all other federal spending, are largely unhelpful in improving the economic conditions of the country,” said Kevin Hassett, director of the Food Policy Institute at the University of California, Davis.
“Instead of being used for the promotion of agriculture, agricultural subsidies should be used for helping families in rural areas, providing food for those in need, and helping them survive and thrive.”
“It is a fundamental principle of the American economy that the government should be a facilitator of the economy, not the enemy,” said John McWhorter, senior policy analyst at the Center for American Progress.
With farm subsidies in short supply, farmers have turned to increasingly risky methods to survive.
Many people are turning to the use of pesticides and herbicides to fight weeds.
They also have been experimenting with using synthetic pesticides, or genetically engineered crops, that can be sprayed into the ground to kill pests.
This is a dangerous process that has killed tens of thousands of people around the world, including thousands in the United States.
As farmers have found their own way to survive, they have been turning to new ways to survive in the face of climate change, drought and other threats.
A lot of these people are farmers.
But some of them are farmers in the US, and they are increasingly going outside the traditional boundaries of farming.
Farm bills that the Senate and House passed last month will have an impact on many families, said Julie Murguia, president of the National Farmers Union, a national federation of small- and medium-sized farmers.
And the bill is going to have a direct impact on farmers who have to do a lot of manual labour, said Ms Murguuia.
“The farm bill is a major factor in how farmers can get by.
They need to make sure they’re getting the equipment they need, the training they need,” she said.
Ms Murgue says that many people are already struggling with the impacts of the farm-busting cuts, especially with the fact that there are fewer jobs for young people.
That is one of the reasons farmers are turning their back on traditional farming.
These cuts, coupled with climate change and a downturn in the farm industry, are hurting a lot more than the farms themselves, she said, pointing to the loss of millions of dollars in revenue from corn and soybean farmers.
“What the farm is doing right now is, it’s just making up for lost money,” Ms Mugua said.