From Maine to Connecticut and all states in between, the farming population in New England and New York is changing rapidly.
Current farmers are aging without clear plans for what we will happen to their land when they retire. At the same time, new farmers face significant challenges to beginning careers in agriculture.
To better understand the changing demographics of the farming population in New England and New York, American Farmland Trust and Land for Good completed a special tabulation of 2012 Census of Agriculture data as part of the Gaining Insights, Gaining Access project. We also held focus groups to learn more about the farms and transition goals of older farmers without successors.
State-level and regional summaries are available below and on the Gaining Insights page on American Farmland Trust's Farmland Information Center.