Harvest Public Media

9:05am

Sat July 20, 2013
Changing Lands, Changing Hands

Whither The American Farmer?

Bob Hawthorn, 84, farms in western Iowa and represents a larger demographic shift. He and his fellow farmers are aging out of the industry, with fewer young people to fill the ranks.
Credit Ray Meints / NET News

The American farmer is getting older. Census data shows the average age is 57, a number likely to climb even higher when a new census comes out in 2014.

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6:00am

Fri July 19, 2013
Changing Lands, Changing Hands

Young Dreams, Huge Obstacles For Aspiring Farmers

Eva Teague, 31, is trying to start her own pig farm but is having trouble breaking in to the business.
Luke Runyon KUNC and 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?

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6:00am

Thu July 18, 2013
Changing Lands, Changing Hands

A Civic Lesson For Rural Towns

Pittsfield, Ill., is dealing with an aging population and what that means for the social fabric of the rural community.
Credit Creative Commons

6:00am

Wed July 17, 2013
Changing Lands, Changing Hands

Retiring To The Farm Anything But Quiet

Jim Schulte and his wife, Rita, bought their 450-acre farm near Columbia, Mo., in 1991, but didn’t start farming full time until Jim finished working in the mortgage business.
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

It’s not just lifelong farmers who feel the pull of the land as they get older. For some Americans, retirement is an opportunity to begin the farming dream.

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6:00am

Tue July 16, 2013
Changing Lands, Changing Hands

Turmoil In Farm Transitions

Farm succession plans can strain family relationships. Devan Green rents his family’s farmland and has to answer to family shareholders.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

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.

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