The Need

    FAMILY FARMS ARE ESSENTIAL TO A STRONG COMMUNITY
    Agriculture contributes to healthy environments and viable economies, as well as a well-fed public. But many small farms face increasing difficulty.
    • North Carolina leads the nation in farm loss, despite its No. 1 industry being agriculture.
    • North Carolina farmers are aging. The average age of a farmer is 57; less than 5% are younger than 35.
    • Financial barriers deter new farmers. Farmland is increasingly consolidated into fewer and larger farms, limiting the opportunities for young and beginning farmers to find affordable land.