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Sunday 02/23/14

Ag Census: Tough to be in the Middle
The hardest spot to be as a farmer in age of high grain prices from 2007 to 2012 was a middle-aged farmer with fewer than 1,000 acres.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 7:22PM CST 02/23/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (4)
Kinda Scary,, You have 120,000 young farmers to replace 707,000 older ones. And your middle aged farmers lost have moved up to the upper aged group in the last 5 years, there is nobody to replace them.Small acre farmers have been lost to retirement.I don't belive it has anythig to do with livestock numbers.It is an age thing and it is going to get worse.Some very large farms close to us have middle to upper aged producers and no one interested in farming in the next generation.We will keep losing farmers maybe not in acreage, but in numbers.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 8:22AM CST 02/24/14
Big Ag is getting just what they want.
Posted by Mike Estadt at 10:05AM CST 02/24/14
Customers wanting cheaper food are getting just what they want.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 9:53AM CST 02/27/14
What's really also scary is that most of the upper middle aged farmers who struggled for years and left farming, don't have a big 401K or a sack of money or a big contribution to social security to fall back on. I'd bet many lost the elder stateswomen in the family who kept her hands on the land and they couldn't afford to buy out the other family members........ you know, the ones who DO have the nice retirement and big social security contributions coming. Those for whom the money from the farm is just a big bonus for a new retirement home in Arizona or Hawaii. This scenario is quietly played out time and time again.
Posted by Bruce Hanson at 4:24AM CDT 03/11/14
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