A Look at the Age of Second and Third Operators: An Opportunity for Farm Transition Planning?
We often hear that there is an aging problem in agriculture. The 2012 Census of Agriculture puts the average age of all Maryland agricultural operators at 56.4 years old and nationally the average age is 54.9 years old. We often see this average age used to illustrate that there is an aging problem in U.S. agriculture. But is there one? The 2012 Census of Agriculture categories break operators up into Principal Operator, Second Operator, and Third Operator. USDA defines pr