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While the census has shown that the number of U.S. farmers is declining, more and more people are ditching their corporate lives to grow food.
New farmers are leaving the suburbs and rat race for a life on the land, and the government is taking notice. Government backed loans and workshops are in place to help new farmers.
The help can’t come soon enough — 25 percent more food will need to be produced by 2025, and with each passing year, current American farmers are aging.
Even with the incentives, a life of farming is not easy. Costs of farmland are rising, and the current model favors large farms, not small ones.
That doesn’t deter new farmers looking to grow organic and antibiotic-free food — one way to track food and ensure its safety is to grow it yourself.