What’s the future for the thousands of real-life Maggie Steeles living on family farms? The answer has dramatic implications for the future of rural America.
The future of family farms is the topic of a recent article posted at NPR.org written by Jessica Stoller-Conrad, titled, “Future Farms Of America Might Not Include Much Family.”
The article quotes a professor of agricultural economics who says the tradition of passing farms from one generation to the next, for the sake of tradition, has run its course. He disputes the belief that farm parents owe it to their children to reserve a place for them in the farm business. Because, he says, “The other side of that coin is that then your children owe it to you to stay home, even if they don’t want to.” Continue reading