May 29, 2012
Farmers markets are popping up in all around the country and many people are buying shares in CSAs for the season. But even with all the talk about eating locally and community supported agriculture, the USDA is warning of a coming shortage of farmers. Farmers and ranchers in the country are aging and there aren’t enough people going into the field to replace them. So the USDA is trying to encourage more young people to pick agricultural careers. This hour we’ll talk about young farmers and the rewards and challenges of the farming life. Our guests are KATHLEEN MERRIGAN, Deputy Secretary for the USDA, and JENNIFER BRODSKY, managing director of the Longview Center for Agriculture which educates and supports new farmers. We’ll also hear from two Pennsylvania farmers — vegetable farmer JOHN GOOD, of Quiet Creek Herb Farm, and livestock farmer PHILIP LANDIS, of Sweet Stem Farm.