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Cultivating the Next Generation of Idaho Farmers and Ranchers

May 22, 2007

A new generation of farmers and ranchers need to be cultivated for Idaho. Most farmers are approaching retirement, and sons and daughters aren't traditionally standing by to take over anymore. But breaking into the agriculture business can be tricky, according to Traci Bruckner with the Center for Rural Affairs. She says the newly-introduced Beginning Farmer and Rancher Act is one way to encourage the next generation.

“[It will] help them develop the business plan and develop conservation plans so they can enter smaller, and take advantage of some of the high-value niche markets.”

Bruckner believes encouraging the next generation of producers is important to keep rural economies healthy, and that equipment, land and know-how have to be in place to have a successful agricultural business.

“[The act provides] technical assistance, market development training, financial literacy training to help those beginning farmers and ranchers who need that type of training.”

The act would be part of the next farm bill, which is under consideration this year

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - ID