Sat July 20, 2013
Changing Lands, Changing Hands

Whither The American Farmer?

Bob Hawthorn, 84, farms in western Iowa and represents a larger demographic shift. He and his fellow farmers are aging out of the industry, with fewer young people to fill the ranks.
Credit Ray Meints / NET News

The American farmer is getting older. Census data shows the average age is 57, a number likely to climb even higher when a new census comes out in 2014.

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Thu July 18, 2013
Changing Lands, Changing Hands

A Civic Lesson For Rural Towns

Pittsfield, Ill., is dealing with an aging population and what that means for the social fabric of the rural community.
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Wed July 17, 2013
Changing Lands, Changing Hands

Retiring To The Farm Anything But Quiet

Jim Schulte and his wife, Rita, bought their 450-acre farm near Columbia, Mo., in 1991, but didn’t start farming full time until Jim finished working in the mortgage business.
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

It’s not just lifelong farmers who feel the pull of the land as they get older. For some Americans, retirement is an opportunity to begin the farming dream.

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Tue July 16, 2013
Changing Lands, Changing Hands

Turmoil In Farm Transitions

Farm succession plans can strain family relationships. Devan Green rents his family’s farmland and has to answer to family shareholders.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

Retirement can be a dirty word for farmers; but aging means they inevitably can do less on their land. Sometimes families anticipate the coming changes and plan for them – but even the most carefully planned transitions can lead to strained relationships.

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Mon June 24, 2013

Starting A Farm, With An Immigrant Twist

Originally from Laos, Air Philavanh now farms 11 acres near Milo, Iowa. He’s built a shelter for his cattle out of a dilapidated barn.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Air Philavanh is a new farmer in central Iowa who came to this country from Laos as a refugee more than 30 years ago. Today, he’s living on an 11-acre farm in Milo, Iowa, about an hour from Des Moines.

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