Farming is an industry that’s full of hardworking men and women who don’t mind getting their hands dirty. Waking up early to work for something you have so much passion for is easy. Working alongside your parents, siblings or cousins is even easier. A majority of farms are family-owned and passed down from generation to generation. There are 2.1 million farms in the United States. Of that number, 97% of them are small family-owned and operated.
When you browse the grocery store aisles, you see food family farms have produced for people across the United States and the world. If the food isn’t being used to feed animals that produce meat for human consumption, it is sold to create different foods, fuels and fibers used everyday.
Today the average age of a farmer in the United States is 52 years old. More than ever this industry needs the younger generation to step up and continue the legacy left before them.
Nebraska is a very agricultural centered state. All Nebraskans seem to be connected to agriculture in one way or another. If they didn’t come from a farm background, they are probably related to someone who did. Or they could very well work in the industry in a supporting role. After all, one in four jobs in the state is agriculture-related.
Today, the average size of a farm in Nebraska is only around 900 acres. Nebraska continues to remain the top red meat producing state and ranked third in corn production. In 2015, Nebraska surpassed 100 different Farmer’s Markets across the state. To find meat and produce locally grown near you, visit https://www.nebraska.gov/apps-ag-farmers-market/
Farming is an industry that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. As technology changes the way farmers produce, we’re able to create more with less. Preserving the land for generations to come is what Nebraska farmers do best.