On Our Plate: Filling the Farmer Gap

Posted by on April 10th, 2017 | 0 Comments »

With more young people leaving rural areas, the world is facing a growing “farmer gap.” In 2012, the USDA Census of Agriculture recorded that the number of farmers over 55 was 68 percent, while the number of farmers under 35 was only 5 percent. Recognizing this demographic shift, government leaders and ag organizations are urging young people to pursue a career in the ag industry.

One of the stumbling blocks for young farmers, especially in the U.S., is the high cost of land, which often stays in families and rarely comes up for sale.

Innovative financing and partnership models are also needed to help young people access the capital they need to succeed. See the 2016 Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®) to learn how Farmland Partners Inc. (FPI), A GHI Member Company partners with young farmers to expand their operations and increase productivity and sustainability (pg. 48). Look for a story about Charlie Baucom of Bentwood Farms, an FPI partner farmer, in the Harvest 2050 blog later this week.

To learn more about the need for young farmers, check out the articles below.

Young people can make money out of agriculture 
Jamaica Observer, April 10, 2017

New Wildfire Relief Fund Helps Beginning and Young Farmers and Ranchers
Farm Bureau News, March 28, 2017

As farmers age, agriculture industry tries to recruit, retain young farmers
GazetteXtra, March 27, 2017

A Farm of Her Own
The Furrow (John Deere)

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