Earlier this week, the American Farm Bureau, in conjunction with Bayer CropScience and Capreno, announced the creation of an American farm heritage website. Part of the motivation for the creation of this website is the gradual decline of agriculture as a major profession in the American landscape. While agricultural production is still a large part of the economy, the number of farmers is declining.
The aging and shrinking farm population has worried many politicians across the country. Some states, like Delaware, have offered tax breaks and tax credits, hoping to encourage younger farmers to get more involved in agricultural production.
Responding to these concerns, the Farm Bureau has launched a website named America’s Cultural Heritage. This site collects profiles of Century Farms, farms or ranches that have been continuously owned by the same family for over 100 years. In addition, the site offers information about the history of agriculture in the United States.
The Farm Bureau hopes that the creation of this website will help inspire future generations of Americans to get involved in farming and ranching. Curtis Muller, the education director of the American Farm Bureau, stated, “for [young people] to see that enduring, long lasting symbol of agriculture, which is a Century Farm, really helps them to make that connection to where their food, fiber and fuel come from.”
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer