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Building a Future with Farmers II: Results and Recommendations from the National Young Farmer Survey

According to the 2017 National Young Farmer Survey, America’s new generation of young farmers expect to overcome major barriers to their success in agriculture, including access to land, affordable health care, and mounting student loan debt; but success will require deliberate policy change at all levels of government. The survey was conducted by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) in partnership with Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of Sustainability at George Washington University and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.

The survey, conducted with 94 partner organizations, collected data from 3,517 current, former, and aspiring U.S. farmers under 40 years of age. The top challenge cited by young farmers is land access, particularly finding and affording land on a farm income. It is also the main reason why farmers quit farming and why aspiring farmers haven’t yet started.

Author
Sophie Ackoff, Andrew Bahrenburg, Lindsey Lusher Shute
Publisher
Hudson, NY: National Young Farmers Coalition
Page Numbers
86
Publication Date
November 01, 2017
Publication Type
Reports and Guides
State
National
Keywords
Agricultural Statistics, Beginning Farmers, Farm Transfer, Farmland Access

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