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Report: Young Western Farmers Conserve Water Despite Legal Barriers and Lack of Incentives

March 17, 2016 |
Courtesy National Young Farmers Coalition

Courtesy National Young Farmers Coalition

A new report by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) titled Conservation Generation: How Young Farmers and Ranchers Are Essential to Tackling Water Scarcity in the Arid West finds that young farmers in the west care deeply about water conservation and often conserve despite incentives to the contrary.

The country faces a dearth of young farmers, with six times as many farmers over the age of 65 as those under 35.  The report states that “If we fail to recruit enough new farmers, we risk furthering consolidation of our food system, increasing permanent losses of agricultural lands, and losing a generation of water stewards.”

In turn, young farmers face high land and water prices. Read More