The NYT on Young Farmer's Struggles
From the New York Times, a story on the challenges faced by young people trying to succeed in agriculture. With the average age of American farmers hitting an all-time high of 57, there's a need for new blood, but not much support:
Emily Oakley, who had worked on an organic farm in California, moved with her husband, Mike Appel, to Oaks, Okla., in pursuit of cheap farmland. But even though they had $25,000 saved, the couple could not get a bank loan. When they applied for a government loan, the loan officer threw back his head and laughed.
He’d never met anybody coming in for a loan for an organic vegetable production,” Ms. Oakley said. “He thought, ‘These are young, naïve, romantic, idealistic kids who didn’t know what they’re getting themselves into.’