“More and more women are running their own businesses (and) are taking on leadership on farms and ranches and are taking on leadership in other aspects of (agriculture) as well” — Kate Greenberg

Kate Greenberg. Photo credit: National Young Farmers Coalition

Here’s an interview with Kate Greenberg from KUNC (Esther Honig). Click through and read the whole article. Here’s an excerpt:

Honig: You’ve worked with young people as a leader with the National Young Farmers Coalition. Can you talk about ways we could lower barriers that right now make farming for young people pretty difficult?

Greenberg: This is sort of the nexus of a lot of these challenges. For a lot of young people, whether you’re coming at it from a multi-generational angle, or you’re starting fresh, there are tons of challenges.

There are enough challenges with just the weather, with the hail storm that can wipe out your entire crop and water. But then you get the challenges of access and affordability, especially around land. The rising cost of land is prohibiting lots of young people from either entering the business or scaling up their businesses. Same is true with access to credit and capital. Financing a farm business is tough, especially when you’re starting out on your own.

So in my mind we’ve got a ton of things to face but the way I see the world is that they are also opportunities. Agriculture has risen to those opportunities at every obstacle in the past and I’m excited to see how we do so again.

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