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ISSUE DATE: 08/19/2013

Financing young, beginning farmers will continue to prove tough

By Larry Dreiling

Attracting and retaining the next generation of farm operators has been a persistent struggle in U.S. agriculture, according to a recent study by Nathan Kauffman, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Mo.

That struggle is likely to continue into the foreseeable future, Kauffman said.

It’s not as recent a struggle as one might think, as over the past century, productivity gains in U.S. agriculture have led to the consolidation of farm enterprises into larger operations, which in turn have limited the opportunities for farm ownership and triggered an exodus of young farmers from the industry.

The high fixed cost of capital has generally kept young and beginning farmers, similar to their peers in other businesses, in securing financing for capital-intensive operations due to lower levels of equity and wealth, which creates higher risk. That risk requires higher collateral to secure their note.

“Rising land values, which increase the fixed costs of agriculture, only intensify the challenges of financing,” Kauffman said.


Bucklin School District offers improved hands-on science learning experiences
Colorado counties designated primary natural disaster areas
Colorado East Central Council of Governments wins $55,000 grant
Corn Advisor, Hort Plants apps now available
Farm Bureau leaders lobby Congress
Farmer-leader team visits USSEC's Vietnam aquaculture program
Fire, rescue training offered at Kansas State
Flood, emergency management information available from MU Extension
Former Congressman Tim Holden joins Grange Advocacy Board
French fries' oil content lower with infrared heat
Ice cream social to honor Sen. Roberts
Iowa Farm Bureau launches grocery giveaway
Kansas NFO supports keeping SNAP part of farm bill
Little farms, big impact
Mid-America leading indicators decline again
Nebraska's state tree may be threatened
Successful year for High Plains Journal at Ag Media Summit
USDA programs provide home ownership opportunities
USDA Rural Development announces Heartland Award
WTO backs U.S. in chicken trade dispute with China


About 1,500 people take tours, hear scientists at Arkansas Rice Expo
ARS scientists verify soil moisture data collected by satellites
Biodiesel industry applauds advanced biofuel standard
Champion crowned at Iowa Farm Bureau Cookout Contest
Conference for agricultural lenders planned in Garden City, Manhattan
Corn and soybean production forecasts smaller than expected
Directors elected to the Nebraska Soybean Board
Fair taxing focus on Ag at the Crossroads Conference Nov. 7
Farmers inspired at Bayer CropScience Profit Maximizer meeting
Financing young, beginning farmers will continue to prove tough
First Farm to Table International Symposium deemed a success
Herbicide resistance in weeds requires producers to react and adapt
Ida County culinary tour offers 'Farm to Fork' experiences
Iowa State, Kentucky share $800,000 grant to study insects
Kansas governor's water conference Oct. 24-25
Kansas Rural Center Sets 2013 Farming and Food Conference for Nov. 2 in Newton
Kansas Sampler Foundation names new board member
Kansas Soybean Commission to meet Aug. 20
Kansas water alerts available
KDA publishes farm facts
K-State agronomy researcher to be honored
K-State Extension to host events in Kansas
K-State, partners work to keep toxic metals out of landfills
Little Valley cotton to make it to harvest
Meadowlark Extension District Crops Tour set for Aug. 20
National Grange presents Ag Advocate Award
NDA awards Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute scholarships
New course specializes in handling, storage and flow of bulk solids
Osowski Ag Service begins journey home
Rain delays Misener harvest in South Dakota
Republican River Compact Administration to hold annual meeting
Researchers study fire ant venom as natural fungicide
Rexroth receives Panhandle Outstanding Service to Ag Award
Roland Harvesting cuts last wheat of the season
Ron Rainey receives national administrative leadership award
Sorghum Checkoff names two regional directors
Southern rust in corn confirmed in 11 Nebraska counties
Students start organic farm at UNL
Studies show farmers' conservation measures working in Iowa
Sustainability efforts discussed in latest 'Focus on Soybean' talk
Unique wheat, feed grains marketing opportunity slipping away
UNL Panhandle Extension to join Harvest Festival, tell story of agriculture
UNL to host West Central Crops and Water Field Day
Workshop helps companies learn how to market local products
Workshops look at cover crop use in commercial fruit, vegetable production
World Soy Foundation donates 380,000 meals to children in Nicaragua


5K Run for the Brand comes to Beef Fest
Barr, Tonko named co-chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus
Beef industry showcases its sustainability
Devastating swine disease affecting bacon prices nationwide
Environmental Stewardship Award Program regional winners announced
Equine farm safety training: Improving safety for youth working on horse farms
Extension fact sheet answers questions about raw milk
Facility design with Beef Quality Assurance in mind
Fitzsimmons Land & Cattle to host KLA/K-State ranch field day
Flint Hills Beef Fest BBQ set Aug. 23-24
Flint Hills Beef Fest features Ranch Horse Competition
Flint Hills Beef Fest plans Ranch Rodeo
Flint Hills Beef Fest to hold Producers Information Seminar
Flint Hills Beef Fest to hold Team Roping event
Focus of series production and marketing of poultry products
Frey named All Around Junior Cattleman of the Year
Governor's Charity Steer Show winner is from Humboldt County
Grilling demo offered at Flint Hills Beef Fest
Groups file initial court documents in COOL lawsuit
High-quality forages help cut feed costs, MU specialists say at dairy field day
ICON announces 2013 scholarship award
Lamb Industry Roadmap Advisory Group sets final meeting, requests feedback
Low-stress cattle presentations coming to rural Nebraska towns
Mapping herd improvement
Merck announces steps in response to Tyson's decision on Zilmax
Merck temporarily suspends sale of Zilmax
Mustang Million set for September
Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation honors winners, scholarship recipients
Nebraska Cattlemen will not pursue a state checkoff
Oak Springs Ranch to host final KLA/K-State ranch field day
Oklahoma State launches new meat goat website
Padlock Ranch named NCBA Environmental Stewardship Award finalist
Plan now for artificial insemination
Producers gain premium prices when selling high-quality beef
Red meat exports hit 2013 highs
Registration open for Arkansas Steer Feedout Program
Researchers look at feeding high-fat DDGS to heifers
Retaining an interest in calves after weaning
River Valley District 4-H team places first in state horse judging contest
Salers juniors meet for 'Party on the Prairie'
SD stockgrowers thank Noem for support of COOL
Sheep industry rolls out smartphone app
Shorthorn juniors unlock their potential at conference
Study reveals top traits of different sheep breeds
Turn N' Burn barrel race set for Aug. 24 and 25
Tyson to ban cattle fed with Zilmax
UNL ag economics livestock industry trends report available
UNL students honored by Animal Science Department, Block and Bridle
UNL to have September beef symposium
USCA sets 2013 'COOL In The Country' tour
W. D. Farr Scholarships presented to outstanding students
Webinar covers parasite management in sheep
'Young Guns' learn how preparation leads to profitability
Young Oklahoman rides to top spot during AQHYA World Show


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Moving forward on a farm bill
No SNAP decisions
Who do you trust in the driver's seat?


Don't clown around in the Show Me State
Easy-to-use app for growing season
Easy-to-use app for growing season
FDA approves fixed time AI product
FDA approves fixed time AI product
Just whom are you calling an old-timer?
New BRD vaccine approved for cattle
Rain plentiful in many areas
The last slice of Americana?


Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction report
Clovis livestock auction summary
Cooler temps reduce stress on crops, slow development Nebraska
Cooler than average temps prevail wyoming
Crops maturing arkansas
Dodge City livestock sales report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain bids lower, soybeans mixed
Grain market close
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter cattle sales
Hot temps prevail texas
Joplin livestock auction report
Monsoon season continues new Mexico
More summer storms oklahoma
Most hay classes steady
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Precipitation keeps soil moisture levels adequate minnesota
Rains bring moisture, slow field operations colorado
Rains bring much needed moisture kansas
Tulia livestock auction report
Warmer temps needed south dakota
Weather pattern stays the same montana
Week of heavy rains recorded missouri
West Plains livestock sales report


Nebraska Range Camp celebrates 50 years with reunion at Halsey 4-H Camp
New maps show the way for rangeland management
OSU offers online grassland management graduate certificate
Pasture management professional development workshops planned in Colorado
Registration now open for Wyoming Ranch Management Institute


Chores beneficial for kids, household
Columnist contest entries close Aug. 31
Dahlia 1 a compact, efficient home
Diagnostic lab keeps dogs healthy with new test for canine brucellosis
Extension to offer home canning update
Fall lawn care series planned in Wichita
Food plots to increase harvest
Garden for Good: Inmates finding peace, helping community
Helpful household tips
OSU deer field day slated
PRCA's Champions Challenge coming to Amarillo
State fair ceremony marks 100 years of Wyoming 4-H
State's top grillers to compete for Iowa championship
Sweet tips for sweet treats
USDA helps 'The Garden' cultivate for communities
Women's Ranch Rodeo Finals coming to Clovis

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