Farm size and how it impacts consumer purchasing confidence were the topics of the latest discussion in the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s Food Dialogues series Thursday in Boston.

The coalition has hosted a series of public discussions regarding how food is grown and raised in the U.S. since its founding more than three years ago. The Boston session addressed pop culture’s and the mainstream media’s portrayals of today's farms and how they impact the way many consumers view current farming practices.

The panel was moderated by Bloomberg News reporter Alan Bjerga and addressed questions of what a family farm is, what a factory farm is, how government regulations differ based on farm size and the definition of sustainability.

Panelists included large and small farmers as well as Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. An archived webcast of the session will be available online at