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Fewer Young People Farming

Fewer young people are choosing farming as a career, including here in Eastern Carolina.

The U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Kathleen Merrigan says it's a growing problem that farmers are getting older in the U.S. but younger people aren't interested in taking their spot.

Ben Stancill, 23-years-old, and his dad Chris, are both are farmers in Pitt County. Ben says he ultimately decided to choose farming as his career, but he can understand why some young people don't want to do it because there are so many variables in farming. He says your profit can depend on the weather, and price for you commodity.

Pitt County Extension director Mitch Smith says the lack of young farmers is a big concern. "I think it is a disturbing trend, because of the fact that we know that we need young people to have a career in agriculture, but also we recognize that the rest of our society must understand the importance of agriculture."

While the Stancill's say farming isn't for everyone, they do want people to know you can make a living and have a good life as a farmer.

Ben Stancill says he loves his job and can't imagine doing anything else.


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