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When Will Today’s Farmers Retire?

June 9, 2014
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor
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Farmers and ranchers share their retirement plans via a recent Farm Journal Pulse.

Farm Journal Pulse

The word "retirement" is not commonly thrown around amongst farmers. You’ll more likely hear: Farmers never retire.

Has that mindset changed as commodity prices decline? The May 21 Farm Journal Pulse asked: When do you plan on retiring from farming?

Here are the results from the 750 respondents.

  • Retired: 2%
  • 1 to 5 years: 7%
  • 6 to 10 years: 15%
  • 11 to 20 years: 19%
  • 21 or more years: 24%
  • Not retiring: 32%
     

 

See the results on an interactive map:

5 21 14 Pulse 
 

Thinking About Retiring?

Do you know how much retirement will cost you? Do you know if your income will meet your expenses? Financial security depends on an honest assessment of what you're likely to have and what you expect to need. Use the worksheet below to capture your estimated retirement income and expenses.

To answer these questions, download the Farm Journal Legacy Project tool: Retirement Income and Expenses

Here are some great articles to read to ensure you’re on the right path:

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