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By Teresa Hoffman
policy communications associate, Center for Rural Affairs 

Programs could help veterans become next generation of producers


With the average age of a U.S. farmer at nearly 60 years, and millions of acres expected to change hands over the next few years, military veterans have a key role to play as the nation looks for the next generation of producers.

To do so, veterans will need assistance overcoming barriers, such as accessing land and the lack of assets or cash flow to purchase land, equipment, and farm inputs.

Access to credit is an important component of most farming operations, especially for new and beginning producers.

Farm Service Agency (FSA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), offe...

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