A deep, longstanding concern in Upper Midwest agriculture involves recruiting and retaining the next generation of farmers and ranchers. With so many aggies nearing retirement, it’s essential to bring in their successors.
So I’m encouraged by the influx of energetic, enthusiastic young farmers during the past few years. I’ve written about some of them, most recently Jayme Boeshans, who farms and ranches in the Beulah, N.D., area. He also works full time at a Beulah coal mine. My visit to his farm included a guided tour of the mine.
Read more about Jayme and his father, Jerome, in the cover package of the Aug. 11 issue of Agweek. The package includes a story on the guided tour. (Yeah, farm equipment keeps getting bigger, but it’s dwarfed by the huge machines used in open-pit mining.)