Fri, Jan 13, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
The Changing Face of FarmingDownload audio (MP3)
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.
Host: Dave Iverson
- 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
- Rich Collins, farmer and owner of California Vegetable Specialties
- Thomas Vang, outreach specialist with the Lao Family Community of Stockton
- Tony Serrano, general manager of ALBA Organics
- California FarmLink : at CaliforniaFarmLink.org
- The Center for Land-Based Learning : at LandBasedLearning.org
- The UC Small Farm Program : at UCDavis.edu
- The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) : at AlbaFarmers.org
- About the Lao Family Community of Stockton : at LaoFamilyofStockton.org
We discuss the graying of the agriculture industry in a broadcast from our Sacramento studios.