In an article that appeared in Farmers in June 2017, the top concerns of young famers were outlined. It was conducted as a round table discussion and the more prominent issues were discussed. Leading the concerns were the issues of when there is not enough land available to farm. Some of the other questions that were raised were how they can determine what to bring to market, what’s going to make them stay competitive and the maintenance of clean equipment. Another concern is the access to capital can often be limited. Other areas they looked at were speaking to landowners explaining financial performance about their business, that they frequently do not get any help from the USDA and the finances can be a struggle to manage. It’s important for them to be well-connected and utilize contacts to help their business.
In addition, the young farmers had concerns that they often do not get any time off and there is a lot of responsibility. Also, if they are taking over your parent’s farm, they can have different goals than their parents. They found that if they are taking over their parent’s farm, sometimes the father wants to stay involved and may have a much different approach and goal. The final concern was that they may not have all the skills that they need and often a person has an individual interest or skill but not all the skills they need. It was suggested that if they do not poses all the skills they need to hire from the outside, an example being hiring a marketing consultant.