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Cultivating the Next Generation: Resources and Policies to Help Beginning Farmers Succeed in Agriculture

Many reasons have been cited for the decline of beginning farmers and ranchers, most notably the high start-up costs and capitalization needed to enter agriculture and the difficulty of securing land to purchase or to rent. To stem this tide, American Farmland Trust (AFT) investigated the challenges and opportunities facing beginning farmers to find out what it takes for them to enter and succeed in agriculture.

Downloadable Documents
Julia Freedgood and Jennifer Dempsey
Northampton, MA: American Farmland Trust
Page Numbers
Publication Date
May 01, 2014
Publication Type
Reports and Guides
Beginning Farmers, Farmland Access

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