Although less than 2% of Americans are directly employed by the agricultural industry, more than 22 million people are employed in an agriculture-related field. That means one in 12 American jobs is dependent upon agriculture in some way, says an article on Payscale.com.
The most recent USDA Census of Agriculture showed that for only the second time in the last century, the number of farmers under 35 years old increased. Still, the number of young farmers entering the field is nowhere near enough to replace the number exiting. Between 2007 and 2012, agriculture gained 2,384 farmers between ages 25 and 34 — and lost nearly 100,000 between 45 and 54.
In a recent Farm Journal’s PORK poll, readers shared the average age of their farm’s employees. More than half of the respondents said the average age of their farm’s employees was between 25 to 44 years old, with 30% between 35 to 44 years old and 21% between 25 to 34 years old.
This month’s PORK Poll is directed to respondents ages 35 and under. We’d like to know why you chose to pursue a career in the swine industry. With all of the options available in agriculture today, why the swine industry?
Click on the poll below and tell us what you think. We’ll tally the results and report back to you.