Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

October 2007


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 10/03/2007. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests a trend of fewer people entering farming and ranching as their chosen occupation. This trend has been occurring for many years, as the average age of farm operators continues to increase. Many have asked “Why is this happening?” and “What are the factors that create barriers to a career in agricultural production?”