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The Changing Face and Structure of Agriculture

Touch the Soil News #1226 (Feature photo – Amy Hicks from Amy’s Organic Garden – USDA) While policy makers stress over the lack of younger people in mainstream farming, are they actually missing the boat? While the farmer of a 15,000 acre enterprise may be approaching retirement, thousands of younger people – including women – are entering farming. They are not large corn or soybean farmers. They are often a new breed of entrepreneurs and social activists that are shaping the food scene around cities. AgriNews Journalist Erica Quinlan takes us to Indiana to explore how women are changing who farms and how agriculture is changing: http://www.agrinews-pubs.com/news/women-who-farm/article_1c58637d-d052-5e55-8916-0aa936fd4ea0.html Want More? -…

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The Female Farmer Project

Touch the Soil News #972 (Feature photo – Women in Farming – National Archives) The statistics are that only 14 percent of American farmers are women, they cultivate less than 10 percent of the farmland and half of them hold outside jobs. However, they are younger and often better educated than their brothers and fathers. To learn more about female farmers you can go to: http://www.femalefarmerproject.org/ See Phil Lempert’s latest report: Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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