Keeping kids on farms

Keeping kids on farms

David Sparks Ph.D.
David Sparks Ph.D.
We’ve all heard about it for years. I’ve been reporting on it FOR YEARS! The average age of the American farmer keeps increasing. How can that be?? Because apparently, our children don’t seem to have much of an appetite to be farmers. They’d rather go to town.

USDA Working to Reverse the Outflow of Young People from Farms

Here's a song from 1918, when World War One was over and our soldiers were coming back home from Europe. Speaker2: How you gonna keep em down on the farm. Speaker1: After they've seen Paris? A light hearted question, then, but not so much now. Speaker3: As we have seen over and over again. Once young people leave farms, they don't want to go back. Speaker1: Mainly because of limited economic opportunity. This from U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Speaker3: So it is really important that we make farming into a livelihood that will attract these young people back to the farms. And a. Speaker4: Crucial part of that is making sure that the youth, the next generation of farmers, see a bright future ahead of. them. And Deputy Agriculture Secretary Social Tori Small says that's what USDA is doing right now, creating new and better markets for farmers and developing new revenue streams as well.

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