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Aging Farmers

Jul 11, 2013

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Over the last few decades, the landscape and daily operations of the American farm have changed dramatically; technology, crop prices, crop technique and farm size. But one thing that has stayed the same is the individual farmers who are adapting to these techniques. Here's a startling statistic, for each farmer younger than 25, there are five who are 75 or older. And also, 25% of farmers are over the age of 65, which means retirement in the farming community is being prolonged.

Host Suzanne Hogan looks at the aging farmer and the future of agriculture with guests Grant Gerlock, reporter for NET News and Bruce Johnson, Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.