Farming has lots of prospects and it was a big business even a few years back. The farmers today are facing lots of challenges for which farming has become difficult. Many people think that a farm is a small, family-owned land used for raising livestock and harvesting crops. But modern farming is more than that. Here are the major challenges the farmers are facing today.
Unavailability of land
It is difficult to find land for farming. The landowners are reluctant to sell it. You must convince the landowner that you can make money out of farming in the land. You should ensure that you will care for the equipment and you will keep the land clean. You need to convince the landowner and acquire the land for farming. Speaking with the landowner and convincing him or her can be a real challenge.
Even in rural farming, modern technology must be used. But due to lack of proper communication system, it is not always possible. The technology has changed the methods of farming. The older farmers may not learn the new ways and find themselves out of job.
Reduction in farming as an occupation
Now about 1% of the population in the U.S is involved in farming. According to statistics, about 40% of the farmers are 55 years old or more. That means that the young population is not showing much interest in farming. This situation is alarming.
Recently people are questioning the methods of farming and their negative impact on the environment. They believe that water pollution occurs due to raising livestock and use of pesticides is bad for the environment.
Farmers are now changing their old farming practices and adopting more environmentally friendly methods. Climate change is another issue that the farmers have to deal with. Severe storms and droughts can make farming very difficult.
According to studies, the unemployment rate in the agriculture sector is higher than the national unemployment rate. As the costs of equipment are rising, the farmers are finding it difficult to deal with the situation. They are not making enough profit and finding it difficult to lead life by farming. The international food producers are also affecting the local farmers’ business. Many farmers face bankruptcy as they are unable to pay back their loan.
These challenges are faced by many young farmers today. The farmers should learn how to overcome these challenges so that they can concentrate on farming and producing high-quality food for people.…