US Department of Agriculture studies have shown that the average age of farm operators is rising. The fastest growing group is those 65 or older, and in 2007 the average age was 58. In 1945 the average age was 39.
Partner this with the prediction that the world’s population growth will cause a 50% increase in food demand by 2030 (75% by 2050), and the dots begin to connect, forming a large, but empty cornucopia.
Farmers are getting older, statistically, and without an influx of younger farmers to take on farm operation, our agricultural production could be in for some serious trouble.
Watch this video of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack talking about the aging population if farming.