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The lack of young farmers and ranchers is threatening the future of agriculture in Nebraska. Plenty of young people want to get into farming and ranching, but few can afford the high startup costs of land, machinery, and operating capital.

New Farmer Fly-In

Anna Jones-Crabtree commented that, “As beginning farmers, Doug and I could have benefited greatly if the CRP Transition Option had been in place when we were purchasing our farm last year.” If you need information about beginning farmer programs visit our website: www.cfra.org.

In March, Doug Crabtree and Anna Jones-Crabtree traveled from Helena, Montana, to Washington D.C. to participate in a “New Farmer Fly-In.”

New farmers and ranchers from eight states went to discuss beginning farmer and rancher credit and conservation issues with USDA and Congress. The fly-in was spearheaded by the Center for Rural Affairs, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and several other organizations.

“The 2008 farm bill created opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers in a number of conservation programs – like the CRP transition option, EQIP and the Conservation Stewardship Program. And we want to make sure those victories for beginners are as effective in practice as was intended when the farm bill passed,” said Doug Crabtree.

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