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Fri, Jan 13, 2012 -- 10:00 AM

The Changing Face of Farming


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A farmer plows a field near the town of Arvin, southeast of Bakersfield, California.
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A farmer plows a field near the town of Arvin, southeast of Bakersfield, California.

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

Guests:

  • 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

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We discuss the graying of the agriculture industry in a broadcast from our Sacramento studios.

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