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Published March 14, 2011, 12:59 PM

Opportunities for young farmers, ranchers important to future of ag

DELAVAN, Minn. — As our nation’s farmers get older and a wave of baby boomers reaches retirement, the question of who will step in as the next generation of farm operators is an increasingly pressing and relevant question for agriculture. According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, the number of farmers 75 years and older has increased 20 percent since 2002. We need a national commitment to recruit and support the next generation of farmers in all sectors of agriculture.

By: Kelly Firkins,

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