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Demand draws young people to farming
by Caitlin Dewey, The Washington Post

Albany Times Union    Translate This Article
23 November 2017

On 23 November 2017 Albany Times Union reported: For only the second time in the last century, the number of farmers under 35 years old is increasing, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest Census of Agriculture. This new generation can't hope to replace the numbers that farming is losing to age. But it is already contributing to the growth of the local-food movement and could help preserve the place of midsize farms in the rural landscape. ... That impact could grow as young farmers scale up and become a larger part of the commercial food system, Merrigan [Kathleen Merrigan, the head of the Food Institute at George Washington University and a deputy secretary at the USDA under President Barack Obama] said. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of environment, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

Young farmers are also creating their own 'food hubs,' allowing them to store, process, and market food collectively, and supply grocery and restaurant chains at a price competitive with national suppliers. That's strengthening the local and organic food movement, experts say.

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