Young Farmers In Colorado Face High Prices And A Dry Future

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Farmers Rethinking Plans Due To Drought

Farmers Rethinking Plans Due To DroughtFarming has never been an easy business, but high costs for land and water have made it even harder for young people to break in.

That's the conclusion of a recent study from the National Young Farmers Coalition. The group worked with professors at Fort Lewis College in Durango to survey 379 farmers across the western U.S. It found that access to water, drought and climate change ranked as the top concerns for the respondents. Chart: Farmer Concerns

Those challenges have made it harder for young people fill the boots of aging farmers. Colorado Matter's Ryan Warner talked to Kate Greenberg, who led the study, and Dustin Stein, who manages a farm and ranch in Southwest Colorado.