Changing Lands, Changing Hands

Changing Lands, Changing Hands

The Aging of the American Farmer

Farmers are getting older.

They’re working longer, staying on the land later and continuing to do what they’ve done for decades: heading out day after day after day to work their land.

In 1978, the average age of the American farmer was just over 50. In 2007, it’s creeping toward 60, at just over 57-years-old. What does that mean for the agriculture industry? We want to answer that question by focusing on this massive demographic shift that affects not just rural America but the power and potential of an entire industry.

Video Documentary: Changing Lands, Changing Hands

Harvest reporter Grant Gerlock and his colleagues at NET Nebraska produced this television documentary that is airing on Public Television Stations across the region.