The demographic of the average farmer is shifting from experienced, generational farmers to beginning farmers with little experience or family background in farming. This has led to a knowledge gap in critical information for beginning farmers that could be contributing to the high fail rate of new farms. This research surveyed both experienced and beginning farmers and asked them to identify areas of educational importance. The aim of this study was to identify areas where beginning farmers may have a knowledge gap in an effort to identify areas where future educational resources should be focused. The results showed that in general, beginning and experienced farmers agreed in the areas of critical importance for farm educational needs. One area where beginning farmers underestimated the importance of resources was in Financial Skills. Understanding and addressing the knowledge gaps for beginning farmers can help to ensure the success of the next generation of farmers.
Robinette, McKayla R.; Drinkard, Maureen K.; and Raicovich, Gina
"Bridging the information gap between beginning and experienced farmers,"
RURALS: Review of Undergraduate Research in Agricultural and Life Sciences: Vol. 13:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/rurals/vol13/iss1/2