Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack met with new and beginning farmers at Iowa State University this week. While there, the Secretary announced an investment of $17.8 million for several projects that educate and enhance the sustainability of future farmers in America. The average age of the American farmer is 58 years-old, so the U.S. Department of Agriculture is addressing the need to bring new farmers into the business. USDA has engaged its resources to provide new farmers improved access to land, credit and equipment. USDA is also extending crop insurance specifically designed to benefit new farmers. USDA programs have helped young farmers save over $14 million in costs and fees, according to the agency.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.
Read the full report, including Secretary Vilsack’s comments. Cultivating the Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers