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Registered: ‎10-18-2016

What Young Farmers Want

USDA - get loans and applications on line.

Land access

Write-off student loans

 

There is talk that young farmers are focused on sustainable and even organic practices.  I get the feeling that some proponents of young farmers think the old family farm, the bucolic, idyllic idea of the family in rural America, comforted by reading Mother Earth News and Rodale are the future.  I don't think so.  I think farming is hard-headed financial reality.  I think young people are not willing - maybe not even able - to take the risks and put in the work to get established.  Sorry, that train left with great-grandma's generation.

 

Niche markets and farmers markets won't support most families.  Most families are not willing to be idealistic, poverty-stricken pioneers who learned to farm in college but can't send their own kids.