Why Do Millennials Love Farming?

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson May 25, 2016 09:11

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You know to whom I’m referring – the last people born in the 20th century.  Here’s a quick video that explains the differences in our generations over the years:

No matter what your view is of this latest generation, I think we can be thankful that many are taking an interest in farming.  The average age of a U.S. farmer now is just over 58 years, and even though many work into their 70’s and beyond, it’s important to know that there’s another generation ready to take over.  So why are millennials renewing their relationship with farming?  Here are four reasons according to Farm Bureau Financial Services:

  • You can be your own boss and the freedom of setting your own schedule has appeal.  There’s also the satisfaction of building or continuing a legacy and creating something that benefits other people.
  • Technology.  Online forums with a wide range of advice, and mobile applications to help with decisions regarding climate, soil, seed and more are being brought to non-commercial farms by this generation, bringing advancements to family farms.
  • Lack of capital is one of the biggest obstacles in starting a farm, and access to credit is another roadblock according to a study done by the National Young Farmer’s Coalition.  But now, through the USDA, financial aid is available for beginning farmers and ranchers allowing many an opportunity to get started.
  • Soil conservation and land stewardship have become a matter of pride for many, and with more information than ever and programs that encourage these efforts, millennials want to lead by example.

And there is of course, the fact that farming is a family business.  The next generation of farmers is motivated to carry on that tradition, and we can be grateful that they are.

-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

Reference:

https://www.fbfs.com/learning-center/4-reasons-millennials-are-rekindling-their-love-of-farming?utm_campaign=lc_education&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=millennials_ag

 

 

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson May 25, 2016 09:11
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