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CENSUS: NUMBER OF YOUNG FARMERS UP 11%
BrownfieldAgNews reports:

The 2012 Census of Agriculture shows some positive trends in the numbers of young people coming back to the farm.

According to a USDA summary, the number of young, beginning principal farm operators is up 11% since the last census in 2007.

Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey says he sees the "back-to-the-farm" trend in his state. Northey says record enrollment in college ag programs also a good indicator.

"We see more students at our community colleges and at Iowa State University-in fact, record enrollment at pretty much all institutions promoting agriculture," Northey says.

"I see Morningside College up in Sioux City is starting a new ag and food program as well. And so we see some of the private colleges that are looking at adding agriculture pieces."

The census shows 22% of all farmers were beginning farmers in 2012. That means one out of every five farmers operated a farm for less than ten years.


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