Less than six percent of all farmers in the United States are now under the age of 35, according to the u.s. census of agriculture. Ag experts say it's a graying profession, and that could be a big problem soon.
Larry Cunningham has always lived, breathed, and worked peanuts. "It's a family business. My grand-daddy started in the peanut seed business in 1942 and family's been involved in it ever since."
For Larry, the farming and agriculture business was his career choice from the get-go. "No doubt in my mind. I think maybe my Dad and Uncle had other ideas, but I always knew."
But times are changing. New Ag census numbers show fewer young adults are pursuing a farming career. Even Larry’s son Chris is considering a career other than peanuts. "Personally I'd like to see what all's out there before I choose to do this and that's why I'm minoring in political science."
While it appears that fewer young adults are looking to hop on one of these and head into a field of their own, the agriculture industry isn't down and out just yet. College students tell me agro business is gaining the attention of many students their age.
"There's so many more opportunities in agriculture these days; you can go into politics; you can go into production agriculture; you can go in the warehouse like we are."
So despite a growing concern for America’s farming industry, farmers in south Georgia say the agriculture industry's future looks quite bright.
Farming experts say it's crucial to support land grant institutions that provide Ag education and research to students considering a career in agriculture.