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Young Farmer: Best Case Scenario – Mentors Become Partners – DTN

Young Farmer: Best Case Scenario – Mentors Become Partners – DTN

👤By Marcia Zarley Taylor, DTN Executive Editor 🕔Feb 17, 2015

Editor’s note: Now in its fifth year, DTN/The Progressive Farmer’s America’s Best Young Farmers and Ranchers recognizes the next generation of farmers and ranchers who are building successful agricultural businesses and who are making positive impacts on agriculture and in

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Georgia: UGA Young Farmers Program Offers Crash Courses on Business, Production

Georgia: UGA Young Farmers Program Offers Crash Courses on Business, Production

👤By Merritt Melancon, University of Georgia 🕔Feb 11, 2015

Beginning and young farmers will can take crash courses in business planning, vegetable and fruit production and goat husbandry starting  in October. The new training program is offered through a University of Georgia statewide partnership. The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,

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North Carolina: Farm Schools Aimed at Attracting New Farmers

North Carolina: Farm Schools Aimed at Attracting New Farmers

👤By Susan Kelly, North Carolina Cooperative Extension 🕔Dec 10, 2014

The average age of the Richmond County farmer is 58. When people in most professions are thinking about pensions, retirement, babysitting grandchildren and winters in Florida, farmers may not be planning to ever stop farming. Some of the most fortunate

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Young Farmers: USDA is the ‘Lender of 1st Opportunity’ – DTN

Young Farmers: USDA is the ‘Lender of 1st Opportunity’ – DTN

👤By Elizabeth Williams, DTN Special Correspondent 🕔Nov 18, 2014

The joke used to be “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” But in the case of Farm Service Agency’s farm loan and guarantee program, bankers at the Ag Bankers conference last week had only glowing things to

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Low-Cost, Low-Debt Farming Possible for Beginning Growers – DTN

Low-Cost, Low-Debt Farming Possible for Beginning Growers – DTN

👤By Deborah R. Huso, Progressive Farmer Contributing Editor 🕔Oct 10, 2014

Farming was not a likely path for Nathan Vergin, a 26-year-old dairy producer in Albemarle County, Va. His father worked in information technology in Minnesota. The family owned a few acres, and Vergin enjoyed working with the family’s handful of

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Nebraska College Helps Youths Get into the Ag Business

👤By Victoria G. Myers Progressive Farmer Senior Editor 🕔Mar 25, 2013

Erin Ridpath stands on the edge of a windy, dry Nebraska corn field near Cambridge and she sees into the future. She sees a herd of grazing, black baldy cows, with calves alongside them. She sees new fences and paddocks.

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Young Farmers Need to Build ‘Social Capital’ With Veteran Farmers

Young Farmers Need to Build ‘Social Capital’ With Veteran Farmers

👤By Lindsay Calvert, DTN/Telvent 🕔Oct 25, 2012

Every night after LeRoy Zierke’s hip replacement surgery in December 2008, he received a visit from Adam Venteicher, now 24, to see what he could help with on the farm. Later, when Zierke considered renting out 160 acres of irrigated

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Land Prices Create Hurdles for Young Farmers

👤By Lindsay Calvert, DTN/Telvent 🕔Oct 24, 2012

Escalating land prices and lack of available farmland add more challenges to an already difficult occupation for young farmers. “This is the kind of stuff I think about all night, as I can’t sleep,” said Randy Dreher, 31, of Audubon,

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Florida: Young Farmers Wanted

Florida: Young Farmers Wanted

👤Blake R. Thaxton, Santa Rosa County Extension, Florida Panhandle Agriculture 🕔Jul 13, 2012

As our country continues to search for economic stability, there are numerous questions that face agriculture in the United States as well as in the Florida panhandle. There are the standard questions about fuel cost, labor and new federal and

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Young Farmers Are Optimistic and Committed for the Long Haul

👤From a Press Release 🕔Mar 27, 2012

Young farmers and ranchers are more optimistic about their future than they were 5 years ago according to a recent survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation. The annual Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) survey began in 1993. This year’s

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