Farmers Prove Staying Power in New Survey


Chances are, if you are a farmer, your parents also farmed. And your grandparents. And your great-grandparents. And your great-great-grandparents.

The reputation of farming as a multi-generational career is validated time and again, most recently through the results of a Farm Journal Media Pulse poll. More than 1,500 farmers from 45 states fielded the question, “What generation of your family do you represent on the farm.”

The most common response was that of third-generation farmers, who represented 32% of the results. Nearly half (46%) of respondents are the fourth generation or more on their family’s operation.

Younger farms also play a significant role in U.S. agriculture. First- and second-generation farmers represent more than 20% of total operations, according to Pulse respondents.


Do you have a plan in place for your farm's next generation? Visit for advice on building a successful succession plan.

Want to be a part of the heartbeat of the Farm Journal Pulse national producer panel that speaks up and speaks out? Participating is as easy as answering two quick poll questions per month via text message from your mobile phone.

Visit for details.

Back to news


Spell Check

No comments have been posted to this News Article

Related News

Corn College TV Education Series


Get nearly 8 hours of educational video with Farm Journal's top agronomists. Produced in the field and neatly organized by topic, from spring prep to post-harvest. Order now!


Market Data provided by
Brought to you by Beyer