young dreams, huge obstacles

Here is a GREAT article from Harvest Public Media about young farmers and the difficulties they face.

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Eva Teague, 31, is trying to start her own pig farm but is having trouble breaking in to the business. (Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media)

published Jul. 10, 2013, for Harvest Public Media.

While the farming community continues to age fewer young people are filling the ranks, prompting the question: Do young people even want to farm anymore?

The quick answer is yes, just not in the same numbers as they used to. And surveys indicate many of them don’t want to farm in conventional ways.

A 2011 survey from the National Young Farmers Coalition (PDF) showed access to land and capital to be the single biggest factors keeping young people from getting into farming or ranching. The results also indicated young people are concerned about the environment and interested in small-scale operations.

But it can be difficult to turn dreams of a farm life into reality.

In Longmont, Colo., Eva Teague, 31, has learned how difficult it can be to start a financially sound pig farm.

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