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USDA publication highlights challenges of beginning farmers

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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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