Over the past few days I’ve traded a few emails with a young farmer. (He also has another job in agriculture, one in which he works closely with other farmers, and doesn’t want to be identified publicly.)
Though he loves farming, the young producer is frustrated by high land prices and operating costs. He says he’d love to rent more land and expand, but doesn’t have a realistic chance of doing so because of competition from big, established farmers.
I wasn’t surprised by anything in his emails. Farming operations continue to get bigger, increasingly putting small producers at a disadvantage. It’s not my place to say whether that’s good or bad, but clearly the trend exists
The young farmer’s emails, however, lead me to make this offer: If you’re a small farmer who would like to visit, on the record, about your challenges and frustrations (and satisfactions, too) drop me a line.