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Should You Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Farmers?

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There are some pretty scary statistics out there about farm income and the difficulties of being profitable. But looked at another way, those same statistics give us interesting indicators of things we might do to swing the tide in favor of farmers and ranchers. On Pasture wants to help make a difference, and here’s how.

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In his recent New York Times opinion piece, shellfish and seaweed farmer Bren Smith shares some fac
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. Practical Farmers of Iowa does extensive work for farmers of all sizes, scales, and backgrounds. One of our members also drafted a response piece to the article, featured on our blog:

    The farmers in PFI’s network are open and honest – our policy is to share information as freely as possible. Sometimes this means talking about what doesn’t work. I’d encourage anyone – Iowan or not – to join, or at least check out our research reports, blog, and “farminars” (webinars) to learn more about how our folks work to be profitable farmers and good stewards.

  2. Maddie says:

    The National Young Farmers Coalition (www.youngfarmers.org) is doing excellent policy and advocacy work around many of the issues that the author discusses, including student loan forgiveness and land access.

  3. April Wilson says:

    I read this article recently along with the book “40 Chances, Finding Hope in a Hungry World” by Howard G. Buffett and have glanced at the recently published stats from Feeding America. My observation is that we have many people facing food insecurity and farmers who each feed 155 people but who cannot make a living farming. This really doesn’t add up.

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