The price and availability of farmland is one of the biggest barriers facing small and beginning producers.
Kody Johnson, an ag banker with CBI Bank and Trust in Muscatine, Iowa, says the situation hasn’t improved.
“I think that unfortunately the smalltime farmer is going to be less and less coming around,” Johnson said. “You can’t really make 80 acres work anymore. You have to have quite a bit of land.”
Adam Gauger with the Muscatine, Iowa County Farm Bureau says county offices can provide some assistance.