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Rep. Kind Pushing Legislation to Help Young Farmers
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/14/2018

Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind is co-sponsoring a bill that would expand access to land for new farmers in order to support the next generation going into production agriculture. The measure is called the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act.

"Every year, it gets harder and harder for new farmers to break into the profession. Now more than ever, we need to take steps to make sure the next generation of Wisconsin farmers can not only participate - but succeed," Kind said. "I'm proud to co-sponsor this bipartisan bill that will give new farmers the tools they need, and new opportunities to grow and protect Wisconsin's farming traditions."

The La Crosse Democrat says the legislation would also provide new farmers with the skills needed to succeed in today's agricultural economy.

According to USDA statistics, the average age of the Wisconsin farmer is 56 years old. Supporters of the bill say more needs to be done to help give younger farmers the tools to succeed in order to make farming a viable occupation for the future.

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