Thursday, December 22, 2011

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Kyle and Jessica wade of Downey, Idaho drive cattle in this photo from last September.

More Young People See Room for Them in Ag

San Francisco--More and more people in their 20s and 30s are becoming farmers, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The publication credits an oppressive corporate world with minimal job security and a growing demand for locally grown and organic food that is making younger people want to leave their careers and start work in agriculture.

While farming has its risks and expensive start-up costs, the sector still did better than other parts of the economy during the past several years. Further, according to the Agriculture Department, farm profits will hit record highs this year.

“People are looking at farm income, especially the increase in asset values, and seeing a really positive story about our economy,” said Mary Clare Ahearn, USDA senior economist. “Young people are viewing agriculture as a great opportunity and saying they want to be a part of it.

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