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Wisconsin's Need for a Comprehensive Farm Entry-Exit Service
Fact Sheets No. 4, March 1995
by PATS Staff

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A recent report by the USDA's Economic Research Service estimates that between 1992 and 2002, over half a million older farmers will exit the farming profession, to be replaced by about a quarter-million new, young farmers. While that report estimates that this decline in farm numbers isn't a threat to the nation's food supply, the Agricultural Technology and Family Farm Institute is concerned that this decline in farm numbers nationally as well as in Wisconsin will have significant impacts on the structure of farming and the viability of rural communities in the next century. This is particularly the case in parts of Wisconsin where decline in farm numbers is rapid and where agriculture is the backbone of the rural economy.

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