Officials say the average farmer in California is nearly 60 years old – and nearly 20 percent are older than 70. They say without an influx of younger and more ethnically diverse farmers, the state’s $37 billion industry will suffer.
We discuss the graying of the agriculture industry in a broadcast from our Sacramento studios.
Craig McNamara, president of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, owner of Sierra Orchards and president and founder of the Center for Land Based Learning
Emma Torbert, farmer and partner at The Cloverleaf at Bridgeway Farms
Tony Serrano, general manager of ALBA Organics
Rich Collins, farmer and owner of California Vegetable Specialties
Thomas Vang, outreach specialist with the Lao Family Community of Stockton