Farmers work hard while dealing with unpredictable weather, long hours and countless risks. New farmers face even more start-up obstacles with acquiring land, equipment and capital, as well as learning about regulations and insurance policies.
To help guide the next generation of farmers through these challenges, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has developed a New Farmer website as an online resource. The website takes users through a step-by-step process in creating an operation, including education and technical assistance, acquiring land and capital, managing risk and financial management.
The website also provides information for creating a business plan as well as blogs and videos of topics that pertain to new farmers and ranchers.
Krysta Harden, agriculture deputy secretary, said the age of farmers is increasing, with the average age currently standing at 58 years old.
“New and beginning farmers are the future of American agriculture,” Harden said. “For agriculture to continue prospering in this country, we need to offer products and policies that address the unique challenges and issues facing new and beginning farmers. This website aims to address some of those challenges and make getting started just a little bit easier for the next generation.”