27 Feb '15, 1pm

Female dairy farmers bring hope to a shrinking industry

Female dairy farmers bring hope to a shrinking industry

A mini video series just released by the National Young Farmers Coalition illustrates the challenges and joys of starting one's own dairy farm. The United States needs farmers more than ever, and yet the number of farmers is shrinking rapidly as more people move off the land and the cost of starting a farm continues to be prohibitively expensive. Agricultural land takes up nearly half the landmass of the U.S. – one billion acres – but 63 percent of the farmers who care for that land are 55 years of age or older. The next few decades could be a rocky time of transition as these farmers retire and there are not enough new farmers to take their place. Of the young people who are interested in farming, the majority goes into farming vegetables or small livestock herds. Dairy, by contrast, is a tougher industry to enter because of the greater land requirements and higher cost o...

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