Fewer farmers are responding to USDA surveys, which could throw off data, leaving farmers to fend for themselves when making choices for their businesses.
Agronomy enrollment at Iowa State has more than tripled since 2006, when there was just one student who identified as other than white. Today, 23 students do.
Rural America at a Glance 2016 underlines the economic distress many rural residents, and voters, have felt since the Great Recession.
The 2012 Census of Agriculture shows the number of farmers under 35 years-old has grown slightly, about 1 percent nationally.
New farmers are leaving the suburbs and rat race for a life on the land, and the government is taking notice.
Food deserts are areas where 20% of the population lives in poverty and 33% have difficulty accessing a grocery store.