Where are the young farmers? (commentary)

Where is the next generation of farmers and ranchers and how can we keep them on the farm?

According to the agricultural census “the fastest growing group of farm operators is those 65 years and over”. This fact is causing much hand wringing amongst those of us concerned about the future of our food, fuel and fiber. Where is the next generation of farmers and ranchers and how can we keep them on the farm?

While various experts discuss and explain why only six percent of our principal operators are currently under 35 years old, I am experiencing it firsthand. I made the

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