Farm Groups Reach Out to Young People

Farm groups across the country are reaching out to young people, hoping to reverse worrying farm demographics.

For the past several years, the number of American farmers has been on the decline. With agricultural production becoming centralized in the hands of a few large-scale agribusinesses, agriculture is becoming a smaller part of the American job market.

In addition, agriculture is becoming an increasingly old profession. In some states, the average age of American farmers is reaching 60, causing some farmers to worry about the long-term health of the profession.

The US Department of Agriculture and farm advocacy organizations are attempting to attract young people into the agricultural profession by offering grants and low interest loans to new farmers. The USDA recently announced several million dollars in loans available to young farmers starting their farm careers.

In addition, groups like the Farm Bureau have made money available to young people interested in the farm sector. The California Farm Bureau, for example, recently announced a serious of scholarships available to students planning to pursue a career in farming, ranching, or other agricultural occupations.

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer