Regulations, land availability top concerns for farmers

(Jourdanton) – Young farmers and ranchers across America are concerned that land availability and excessive government regulation will hinder their ability to successfully continue in agriculture. These were the top concerns of young farmers and ranchers surveyed during the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmer & Rancher Leadership Conference in February.

“For many young farmers and ranchers, agriculture is their families’ heritage. Many of them want to return home and help their parents continue the family business,” said Mr. House Atascosa County Farm Bureau president. “Unfortunately, issues like excessive regulation, the current economy and a host of other issues make it hard for them to do so.”

A total of 21 percent of respondents ranked government regulations as their top concern; land availability also received 21 percent of the respondents’ vote for their main uncertainty. Other issues that were ranked of top concern included: economic challenges (11 percent), availability of farm labor (8 percent), and willingness of parents to turn over the family farm (7 percent).

“Fortunately, these men and women are resilient. Despite the challenge they face, they are determined to continue the legacy of farming and ranching,” Lloyd House said.

In the 20th annual survey, 94 percent of respondents said they are more optimistic about farming today than they were five years ago.

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