Retirement can be a dirty word for farmers; but aging means they inevitably can do less on their land. Sometimes families anticipate the coming changes and plan for them – but even the most carefully planned transitions can lead to strained relationships.
Originally from Laos, Air Philavanh now farms 11 acres near Milo, Iowa. He’s built a shelter for his cattle out of a dilapidated barn.
Air Philavanh is a new farmer in central Iowa who came to this country from Laos as a refugee more than 30 years ago. Today, he’s living on an 11-acre farm in Milo, Iowa, about an hour from Des Moines.
There’s more sugar in the United States right now than we know what to do with, a fact that’s concerning to both sugar growers and the processors that use sugar by the truckload, like candy companies and large-scale bakeries.