Land availability top young farmer concern
High-speed Internet is used by 71% of those surveyed, with 28% relying on a satellite connection and fewer than 2% turning to dialup.
New this year, the young farmers and ranchers were asked about their rural entrepreneurship efforts, with 40% reporting they had started a new business in the last three years or plan to start one in the near future.
The survey also shows that America’s young farmers and ranchers are committed environmental caretakers, with 55% using conservation tillage to protect soil and reduce erosion on their farms.
AFBF President Bob Stallman said the results of the YF&R survey point to the future of U.S. agriculture being in good hands.
“I am confident that the know-how and tenacity of our young farmers and ranchers will ensure that the best days are ahead for our country and agriculture,” Stallman said. “They are the future of American agriculture and food production.”
The informal survey of young farmers and ranchers, ages 18-35, was conducted at AFBF’s 2014 YF&R Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach, Va., in February. The purpose of the YF&R program is to help younger members learn more about farming and ranching, network with other farmers and strengthen their leadership skills to assist in the growth of agriculture and Farm Bureau.
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