The Coastal Packet: Young Maine farmers growing

Thursday, April 28

Young Maine farmers growing

According  to the most recent data from the Department of Agriculture, the average age of an American farmer is 58 years old, and that number has been continually increasing for some three decades..... Though the number of farmers has been falling for many years, the number of young farmers, defined as farmers under the age of 35, is actually moving, slightly, in the opposite direction. The number of young farmers in the U.S. increased 1.5 percent, according to the latest Agriculture Census in 2014. In some parts of the country, the increase is even more dramatic — the number of younger farmers is up 40 percent in Maine.

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