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Capitol Coverage: Helping Young Farmers

Posted: October 10, 2017 at 10:36 am by , in Capitol Coverage, Featured

State lawmakers have met to discuss how to promote and help young farmers. Our statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland has more.

Legislators are trying to consolidate all the information on loans, state and federal resources, and other help into one single location to make it easier. Nathan Weathers owns Weathers Family Farms in Yuma. He says the biggest thing Colorado could do is improve amenities that young farmers want.

“Such as pools, shopping. I think overall lifestyle is a big part of it. A lot of families, sometimes it’s hard to get that spouse to move back when the closest Walmart or Target is two hours away.”

During an earlier hearing people testified that the start up costs such as equipment and land are so high that it makes it difficult for new young people to enter the profession.