Why I’m not giving up, despite a harvest from hell

By Andrew Barsness

When I started farming in 2011, grain prices were much better. These last few years have been difficult for most grain farmers, and some have gone out of business entirely. As profit margins shrink, farmers need to farm more acres in order to remain profitable. This fact, combined with our nation’s aging population of farmers and substantial barriers preventing young people from entering the industry, leads me to expect farmland consolidation to continue for quite some time.

On the other hand, I think it’s likely that there will be a simultaneous increase in the number of farmers looking to diversify and add value to their operations in order to remain profitable, which is the route that I’m pursuing.

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