For businesses literally “rooted” in the land, passing family farming on from generation to generation is a dream. In Statesboro and Bulloch County, farming is a family tradition that continues with a new “crop” of young farmers rising to the challenge and forging a path of their own.
The Statesboro Magazine recently featured some young farmers and their wives. These twenty and thirty year olds take to heart stewardship of their land. Each has embraced what the generation, and sometimes multiple generations, before them have done and chosen to carry on the family tradition.
The Bulloch County Young Farmers group, under the administration of the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers, is experiencing resurgence in membership, validating the renewed interest and dedication to the family farm. With the average age of the principal farm owner being 61.5, this number is declining with the emergence of young farmers all over the county.
What makes this exciting is that these young businessmen and women are bringing a millennial approach to problem solving on the farm. Their expertise in agricultural technology such as: utilization of GPS, satellite software, topography, moisture level testing, and prediction of crop yields has introduced more efficient ways to work the land. Understanding new products, such as improved irrigation and moisture probes, help them track moisture levels in any zone throughout the farm.
Innovations in science are also helping. For farmers with herds, they can now use insemination rather than breeding to improve the quality of their stock from the best bulls in the country. Genetics is helping to improve the meats that you are finding in your local markets.
Combining technology with science undoubtedly means a bright future for these young farmers. They have tremendous resources available, along with networking capabilities that are opening doors for them to learn, improve and grow their operations.
However, these young farmers are not doing this alone. They have loving families and mentors who have instilled in them hard work and ethical values when it comes to laboring the land. Most of them worked the farms as children, following their parents and grandparents, doing chores to help out. They have seen what hard work, determination and dedication it takes to sustain this type of family business first hand. As millennial farmers, they will put their own stamp on the future of farming, and it will be exciting to see their contributions to our county.
To learn more about these outstanding young people making a difference in our community, read: http://www.statesboromagazine.com/section/68/article/48855/