METRICS FROM THE FIELD: How Do We Grow New Farmers?
Keywords:Farmily Farms, Farm Succession, Beginning Farmers
First paragraphs:Often in my travels as a consultant and speaker, I am asked, "How do we grow new farmers?"
Every time I hear this question, I draw a quick breath. This is truly a remarkable question to hear in America, which prides itself on "feeding the world." If the most productive agricultural engine on the planet does not know how to grow new farmers, who does?To answer this question, one needs to go back 50 years. A 1962 report by the Committee for Economic Development, a Wall Street think tank, concluded that the problem with U.S. agriculture was that it employed too many people. These human resources could be better allocated, the CED argued, by moving people off the farm, to be replaced by larger equipment....
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