Brad:Is this your first visit to this area?
Irene:It is and I'm surprised to see so many farms.
I thought farming was a dying industry.
Brad:Family farms and small-scale farming are disappearing, but agribusiness is alive and well,
thanks to government subsidies.
Irene:Are they lucrative?
Brad:They can be, but the subsidies were originally given to protect the livelihood of farmers.
Irene:And that's not what's happening?
Brad:Well, agribusiness has edged out small-scale farms because output is the name of the game.
A lot of small-scale farmers have thrown in the towel.
Irene:That's a shame, but the subsidies are still used to protect domestic food production, right?
Brad:That may be, but we're losing a way of life. I come from a long line of farmers.
布莱德:可能吧,但我们正在失去一种生活方式 。我就是出身于农民世家 。
Irene:And you're not farming?
Irene:What do you do?
Brad:I work for the government agency that gives out subsidies to the very farms that put us out of business.
Irene:That's quite a twist of fate.
Brad:You said it.
dying industry 日薄西山的行业
government subsidy 政府补助金，政府补贴
the name of the game 最为重要的方面
thrown in the towel 认输，放弃