Shortage of farmers in Nebraska

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Updated: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:19:17 CST

The average age for a farmer is now 58 years old. That number has been on the rise for the past 30 years. Also, there are now six times more farmers 65 and older, than there are farmers 34 and under.

It's the leading industry in the state of Nebraska, but fewer students across the nation are going into agriculture studies.

Kearney students were learning about life on the farm today at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds.

Educators say it's essential to get students interested in agriculture while they're young.

"The average age of our farmers and ranchers continues to grow higher and higher, this is a great way for some of our youth to learn that not only is production agriculture part of our AG industry but there's also another set of other industries that are a large part of agriculture that maybe aren't as involved with production as other areas are," says Kerry Elsen, extension associate with the University of Nebraska.

Students took part in different activities today including feeding calves, sheering sheep, learning about tractor safety, and more.