“Giving a Beginner a Chance in the 2007 Farm Bill” Report Recently Released by the Center for Rural Affairs
The national effort was conducted in 27 states by Farm Foundation and the National Public Policy Education Committee. The Iowa results were released Friday, June 15.
“Twenty five years ago there were over 350,000 American farmers under the age of 35, now there are fewer than 70,000. The revitalization of rural America depends, in a large part, on reversing that trend. An investment in beginning farmers and ranchers is an investment, by all Americans, in the future of rural America. And it is money well spent,” said Bruckner.
The Center for Rural Affairs’ report “Giving a Beginner a Chance in the 2007 Farm Bill” stresses the importance of encouraging a new generation of farmers and ranchers and addressing the challenges faced by mid-size farms and ranches. The report deals with land price issues, saving accounts, mentoring programs, conservation programs, stewardship, value-added producer grants, risk management, and payment limits.
To view the Center for Rural Affairs’ report “Giving a Beginner a Chance in the 2007 Farm Bill” visit: http://www.cfra.org/policy/2007/beginningfarmer