Did You Know: What Is the Average Age of a U.S. Farmer?

February 8, 2013

By Rachel Bertone

Age of US Farmer

How old do you think the average farmer is? You might be surprised to know that as the number of U.S. farms continues to decrease, the average age of farmers is rising.

39
average age of a farmer in 1945

45
average age of a farmer in 1974

57
average age of a farmer in 2012

40
percent of farmers today over the age of 55

Source: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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  1. Russomanno says:

    This is not good for our country! how do we get young people interested in agriculture

  2. OctaviaBlack says:

    Scolarship???