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Notes to broadcasters on youth and farming as a business

This recent Notes to broadcasters on youth contains links to background information and stories you may find useful: http://weekly.farmradio.org/2012/08/13/notes-to-broadcasters-on-agricultural-co-operatives-and-youth/

These blogs contain stories about, and information for, young people who are becoming involved in agriculture as a business, and also discuss why some young people shun farming:

http://wwwinfonet-biovision-wereh.blogspot.com/

http://youthinfarming.blogspot.com/

How much of a problem is youth unemployment in your broadcast area? You might consider planning a radio show or spot that focuses on youth and farming, especially if you broadcast to a rural area, or a large youth audience. Talk to young people, find out whether they plan to continue as farmers and why/why not. Talk to their parents and relatives and ask their opinion on whether farming is a good business choice, and what the difficulties would be. How have opportunities changed since they were young? What local support is there for young people starting out in farming?

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