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The agriculture industry has been graying in recent decades, prompting younger farmers to seek ways to make farms financially sustainable. Meet two such families: the Colemans of Mountain Run Farm and the Lindebergs of Native Spring Farm. In an industry where the average age hovers around 60, Ben and Carly Coleman are decades shy of [...]


Post image for The Star’s editorial | Agriculture offers a harvest of budget cuts

n the summer debt ceiling deal, Congress set up a “supercommittee” to find $1.2 trillion in additional budget cuts over the next decade. The panel began work — and so did the lobbyists. Among the most energetic are those defending farm subsidies. The wholesale elimination of the nation’s agricultural programs won’t happen. Yet it should [...]