Younger generations leaving the farm life

August 04, 2017 - 11:45 pm

Labor data shows younger generations are choosing to forego a life on the farm for the faster-paced corporate world.

The age of the average farmer has increased 2% between 2007 and 2012, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA reports that 33 percent are 65 and older.

According to the United States Department of Labor there will be about 18,100 fewer agriculture manager jobs by the year 2024, a 2 percent decline from 2014.

Farmers will admit it’s financially difficult to get started in the farming business, however the concern is that if more young people don’t become farmers, the big companies could soon control a majority of the nation’s farmland, taking the family values aspect out of the farming business.

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