November 11th, 2016
Creating and Celebrating Farming Opportunities for Veterans
Guest Blog By: Pamela Hess, Executive Director, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture
The U.S. faces a slow moving crisis in agriculture.
Over the next 20 years, we will lose 700,000 farmers. The average age of the American farmer today is 58.
To close the coming farmer deficit -- 700,000 -- we need to make about 25,000 new farmers a year. As a nation, we have produced just 1,200 new farmers in the last two years. That is not a replacement rate.