Are farmers at risk of becoming extinct? Possibly to some extent. While there are many reasons for the decline in agriculture as the chosen profession for today's younger adults, the fact remains that we may very well see a time when the majority of our farmers pass on and there are not enough younger farmers to take their place.
According to the Start2Farm.gov, a service of the National Agricultural Library (USDA):
"“We have an aging farming population. If left unchecked, this could threaten our ability to produce the food we need – and also result in the loss of tens of thousands of acres of working lands that we rely on to clean our air and water.” – Secretary Vilsack, August 12 Opening Comments to the Drake Forum on America’s New Farmers.
Note: Educating children about farm life is so important to me that I recently started a blog specifically for children. I would love it if you would check it out and share it with the children in your life. You can find T. Cupp's Junior Farm Friends at this link.