Generational renewal in agriculture

Young farmer looking at corn grains in tractor trailer after harvest. [SHUTTERSTOCK]

More than 31% of all farms in the EU are run by farmers older than 65, whilst young farmers represent only 6% of European agricultural community. Reversing this trend is one of the toughest challenges for the main EU farming policy.

Generational renewal is, indeed, one of the post-2020 Common agriculture policy (CAP)’s nine objectives in the European Commission’s proposal presented on June 2018.

Income support but also measures facilitating access to land and land transfers are among the main young farmer’s demands.

Understanding their claims is particularly valuable, as all the hardships young farmers have to face today can give a sneak peek of what the future of agriculture will look like.

This Special Report is available in the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Croatian.

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