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Senator Ritchie's "Young Farmers" Plan

Senator Ritchie's "Young Farmers" Plan

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A plan to address the dwindling numbers of "young" farmers and help strengthen family farming in NYS.
A plan to address the dwindling numbers of "young" farmers and help strengthen family farming in NYS.

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Published by: pritchie10 on Mar 04, 2014
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New York State Senator Patty Ritche
 
While farming has changed dramatically since the early 1900s, family farms remain the backbone of New York’s $5.4 billion agricultural economy.But life on the family farm is changing too, as evidenced by the rising age of New York’s family farmers.The average age of a farmer in New York is 57.1 years.  For every farmer under the age of 35 in New York, there are now two aged 65 and older.
Our aging farmer population has been identied as a major
threat to the future of family farming. We need to take steps now to attract more young people to farming, and continue to support family farming for the next generations.
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Source: USDA Census of Agriculture
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