Explore how ag programs like FFA and 4-H help pass along the family farm tradition.
There’s a misconception going on about agriculture in this country. Many consumers believe that the industry has been taken over by corporations running “factory farms.” The truth of the matter is that farms and ranches in the U.S. overwhelmingly maintain the family farm tradition. The 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture showed that 97 percent of the 2.1 million farms in the U.S. are family-owned and operated. It also revealed that the average age of principal operators is 58.3 years old, meaning a large majority of those who run America’s family farms are likely to consider retirement soon. They’ll need someone to step into the role of principal operator. This is where programs like FFA and 4-H help to pass on the tradition of the family farm.Read More