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Young Farmers Face Hurdles In Getting Started

Todd Pittenger - October 28, 2013 2:50 pm

FarmLink announced Wednesday its farmer-to-farmer program, which allows farmers with spring or early summer harvests in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas to rent their combines to farmers with later harvests farther north.

FarmLink announced Wednesday its farmer-to-farmer program, which allows farmers with spring or early summer harvests in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas to rent their combines to farmers with later harvests farther north.

A Kansas farmer says there’s a lot of interest among young people to pursue agricultural careers, but there are some mighty barriers to overcome to get started.

Two of the biggest hurdles are getting access to land and finding enough capital or credit.

Randall Debler knew he wanted to get into agriculture, but his family farm wasn’t big enough for him to return there after college. Buying enough land and animals to start a cattle operation would have cost more than $700,000.

So he started working with a family who had that type of operation and is gradually buying parts of it. He suggests others look for a similar situation or set up a small side operation while working another job to show they’re serious.

Associated Press information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal

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