Land Access Challenges Young Farmers

Access to affordable land is a chief barrier across the country for young farmers, according to a feature posted by Pew Charitable Trusts. Although the farm population is aging, young farmers face a disadvantage in entering the profession because land prices are high and farming is a capital-intensive industry. Young farmers who don’t inherit family land and grow up with agriculture face difficulties accessing the land and knowledge they need to get started. However, the new Farm Bill contains some provisions that may help young farmers get the training they need to succeed. There are also federal, state, and local efforts underway to help young farmers access land, ranging from the Conservation Reserve Program’s Transition Incentives Program to Maryland’s Next Generation Farmland Acquisition Program.