Wyoming's billion-dollar industry of farming and ranching looks promising for future generations—that is, if they can get a foot in the door. Amy Bacigalupo, director of Farm Beginnings Program of the Land Stewardship Project, says the average age of farmers and ranchers in the state coincides with the generation getting ready to retire. However, new trends have placed an emphasis on the nation's need for small ranches.
She says the biggest obstacle for Wyoming's new generation of farmers and ranchers is the price of land.
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program seeks to enable younger generations to get into the business, but the program stands to endure financial cuts under then new Farm Bill.
70 percent of those who used the program in the past are now farming successfully.