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USDA Struggles to Spark Youth Interest in Farming

Courtesy the American Farm Bureau Federation
According to a recent annual survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation, the biggest challenge young farmers face is the securing land.

Despite the obstacles, Dwyer thinks he got into ranching at the perfect time. In part because of the drought, U.S. cattle production has shrunk and prices have skyrocketed. He has nearly tripled the size of his herd since buying his first cows with the FSA loan.

“I got into it when the beef prices were starting to go up, and then we hit that drought, and the drought even affected us, but the herd numbers across the country are at a all time low,” he said.

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