The First Gen Farmer – A Series

tfrnetwork September 25, 2019 No Comments

The First Gen Farmer – A Series

The average age of a the farmer is around 60 years old – and trending older every year. Those of us in agriculture are in an unprecedented time where we are relentlessly attacked by consumers, social media, and even the government *cough cough Green New Deal*.

Farming and ranching can be a darn risky business. Kind of like high stakes poker, all of your cash goes into bet – but in this case it’s a commodity like crops or cattle – where you hope and pray the weather will cooperate, pests stay away, animals don’t get sick, nothing dies, and the commodity markets don’t collapse. This of course doesn’t even take into account the capital needed for equipment, fencing, land, and everything else needed just for an operation to function on a daily basis.

Agriculture is a tough field to be in. Most of us are in it because we love it – it’s in our blood, and many are now the 4th, 5th and even 6th generation to manage an existing family operation. The range of potential obstacles that face a first generation farmer or rancher starting out brand spanking new on their own is daunting to say the least.

Yet despite all of this – on a daily basis through The Farm and Ranch Network, we come across First Generation Farmers and Ranchers all across America who are taking the challenge head on. They are thriving – they are happy. We want to share their stories with you here in our new series – The First Gen Farmer.

Are YOU a First Generation Farmer or Rancher? Please email us at to share your story – we would LOVE to hear from you.

Meet The Archie Family – Bar 7 Ranch

Meet Philip Frank – Colorado 



Considering becoming a First Generation Farmer or Rancher? Here are some resources that can help you get started.

USDA – New Farmers Website

Farm Service Agency – Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loan