By Jane Black
“The number of farms in America has begun to grow again, according to the most recent agricultural census. New small farms helped the overall number rise 4 percent between 2002 and 2007. But it still isn’t easy to become a farmer.
That was the message at the Drake Forum, a two-day conference this week in Washington that focused on “policy innovations and opportunities” for new farmers. In panel after panel, beginning farmers and policy wonks talked about the obstacles new small farmers face: access to land, the credit crunch and the slow-moving bureaucracy at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”
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