USDA publication highlights challenges of beginning farmers
WILLMAR — The following three numbers highlight a long-term disturbing trend that has troubled America’s agricultural industry for years: 39, 45 and 58. What do those numbers represent, and why are they so disturbing? They represent a continual and rapid increase in the average age of America’s farmers over the last 60 years.
By Wes Nelson
USDA Farm Service Agency
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