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Farms and ranches are valuable enterprises, both for the food they provide and for the equity accrued over time in their assets: land, equipment, facilities and livestock. With 87 percent of America’s farms and ranches family-owned, these assets are often passed to the next generation. This transition process is rife with operational, financial and interpersonal considerations; a comprehensive succession plan is essential to managing the issues effectively. Read More
World Food Day on October 16 focused much attention on the role of the 500 million family farmers in feeding and providing food security to the world’s population. One report revealed that 80 percent of the world’s food is raised by family farmers. In a related announcement, the USDA stated that it will be changing its lending policy – expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits - to help more beginning and family farmers. Read More
Across rural America, every day farmers and ranchers pass down a tradition of hard work and commitment to their children, sometimes building on generations of family commitment to producing safe and abundant food. Often, these children grow up to join the family operation, having learned a love of the land and the animals in their care along with the work ethic and specialized knowledge necessary to succeed in farming and ranching. Read More
Have you ever wondered what it's like to work on a family owned and operated ranch? I have been a rancher’s daughter since day one, and I was already out checking cattle with my parents when I was just one week old. My favorite memories and hardest lessons learned have been made right at home on our ranch. Read More
Research has told us what many already know: American farmers are getting older. According to the the most recent data Ag Census data, the average age of U.S. farm operators rose from 55 in 2002 to 57 in 2007. There has been a 20 percent increase in the number of operators 75 years and older, and a 30 decrease in the number of operators under 25 years of age. Read More