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By Kate Hansen
Senior Policy Associate Center for Rural Affairs 

Bill in Congress would support beginning farmers and ranchers


In the years ahead, U.S. agriculture as we know it will be shaped by transitions. Recent figures show that 34% of our nation's farmers and ranchers are above the age of 65, and only 8% are younger than 35. Supporting the next generation of agricultural producers will be crucial to keeping people on the land, ensuring rural communities are vibrant and strengthening our food system.

For beginning farmers and ranchers to be successful, they must be able to manage risk. One of the tools available to them is crop insurance, a series of federal programs that protect in the case of crop, livestoc...

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