aging http://hppr.org en Becoming the oldest generation http://hppr.org/post/becoming-oldest-generation <p></p><p></p><p>A phone call brings Karen one step closer to becoming the oldest generation.</p><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Karen Madorin 32216 at http://hppr.org Becoming the oldest generation Estate taxes can complicate farm transitions http://hppr.org/post/estate-taxes-can-complicate-farm-transitions <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Welsh-born immigrant William R. Charles in 1868 fought an uphill battle with Indians and grasshoppers when he homesteaded 400 acres of well watered crop and timberland in Republic County, Kan., that his great-grandchildren farm today. The family’s first log cabin burned to the ground in December, 1869 and they dug through two feet of frozen dirt to find shelter.</span></p><p>Today, Charles’ grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their children are far flung from that homestead, Valley Point Farm, 240 miles northwest of Kansas City.</p> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 03:35:00 +0000 Gene Meyer 19283 at http://hppr.org Estate taxes can complicate farm transitions Video Documentary: Aging of the American Farmer http://hppr.org/post/video-documentary-aging-american-farmer <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Farmers are getting older.&nbsp; They’re working longer, staying on the land later and continuing to do what they’ve done for decades: heading out day after day after day to work their land.</span></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 18798 at http://hppr.org Video Documentary: Aging of the American Farmer Young dreams, huge obstacles http://hppr.org/post/young-dreams-huge-obstacles <p></p><p>While the farming community continues to age fewer young people are filling the ranks, prompting the question: Do young people even want to farm anymore?</p><p>The quick answer is yes, just not in the same numbers as they used to. And surveys indicate many of them don’t want to farm in conventional ways.</p> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 18725 at http://hppr.org Young dreams, huge obstacles A civic lesson for rural towns http://hppr.org/post/civic-lesson-rural-towns <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s not just lifelong farmers who feel the pull of the land as they get older. For some Americans, retirement is an opportunity to begin the farming dream.</span></p><p>“I wanted to be able to be active and have a pastime that ensured physical activity,” said beginning farmer Tom Thomas, who at 65 still has the physical fitness to wrestle and brand steers at his son’s ranch in Oklahoma.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 18648 at http://hppr.org A civic lesson for rural towns Retiring to the farm anything but quiet http://hppr.org/post/retiring-farm-anything-quiet <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s not just lifelong farmers who feel the pull of the land as they get older. For some Americans, retirement is an opportunity to begin the farming dream.</span></p><p>“I wanted to be able to be active and have a pastime that ensured physical activity,” said beginning farmer Tom Thomas, who at 65 still has the physical fitness to wrestle and brand steers at his son’s ranch in Oklahoma.&nbsp;</p><p>Thomas retired two years ago after teaching exercise physiology for 35 years and he knew what he wanted to do next.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 18617 at http://hppr.org Retiring to the farm anything but quiet Facing the family farm legacy http://hppr.org/post/facing-family-farm-legacy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Driving out of the western Iowa town of Panora, the winding roads offer broad vistas of rolling hills. Many of the mailboxes along Redwood Road show the name Arganbright. Jim Arganbright grew up in this area, one of 10 children. He and his wife, Beverly, have eight kids.</span></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 18550 at http://hppr.org Facing the family farm legacy How long can you farm? http://hppr.org/post/how-long-can-you-farm <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 11.25pt;">Working beyond retirement is a fairly common refrain these days. In 2012, 5 percent of the U.S. workforce was beyond retirement age. But farmers seem to work longer than most. In the last Agriculture Census 25 percent of all farm operators were over 65 years old.</span></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 18469 at http://hppr.org How long can you farm?