Young farmers in the EU – structural and economic characteristics
Only 5.6% of all European farms are run by farmers younger than 35 while more than 31% of all farmers are older than 65. These figures raise concerns about the future competitiveness of European agriculture and guaranteed food production in the coming decades.
Policies are aiming to lend a helping hand to young farmers to get their business off the ground – but who are these young farmers? What are their farms like and how do they perform? Data from European statistics1 as well as from the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) can help in answering these and related questions.
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