Did You Know: What Is the Average Age of a U.S. Farmer?

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Age of US Farmer

How old do you think the average farmer is? You might be surprised to know that as the number of U.S. farms continues to decrease, the average age of farmers is rising.

average age of a farmer in 1945

average age of a farmer in 1974

average age of a farmer in 2012

percent of farmers today over the age of 55

Source: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)


  1. Russomanno

    April 22, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    This is not good for our country! how do we get young people interested in agriculture

    • Jay

      February 26, 2016 at 1:03 am

      Offer free university degrees or outsource farming.

  2. OctaviaBlack

    May 1, 2013 at 11:11 pm


  3. Mariano Lagman

    February 29, 2016 at 12:01 am

    An opportunity for immigrants/refugees. Do Middle Easterners know how to farm?They can learn like the Japanese, Chinese, Filiinos and the Mexicans did.

  4. Amaechi Agunze

    March 3, 2016 at 3:00 am

    How will they learn how to farming? who will teach the immigrants how to farm?

  5. Amaechi Agunze

    March 3, 2016 at 3:02 am

    How will they learn how to farm? who will teach the immigrants how to farm?

  6. Devkumar

    March 5, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Is the US short of anything to eat? Fruits, vegetables food grains or meat? The answer is a resounding NO!Then where’s the problem? Given half a chance a million farmers from Asia will be willing to come in overnight! !!

    • JR

      March 17, 2016 at 1:06 am

      Devkumar, that is complete nonsense. From the declaration of plenty and implication that it will last forever to the blasé declaration that this can be solved by Asian farmers, you show remarkable ignorance. Wheat and Corn in the Midwest, as an example, are farmed quite differently than rice, the predominant grain in Asia…

  7. Kayode Bello

    March 8, 2016 at 2:51 am

    More people should be encouraged to farm.Yes, immigrants can do it. Young Americans want quick money. Farming need time and commitment.

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