Nation’s Top Agriculture Official Rolls into Iowa in RV

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DES MOINES, Iowa–U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue rode into Des Moines Saturday morning as part of his tour in an RV and brought along a message: the agriculture community needs to do more to encourage and invite young people into the industry.

“They need the wisdom from those who have gone before, “Perdue said of the needs of younger people in agriculture, “To help guide them and help them.”

Perdue said tomorrow’s farmers need more access to capital, technology and information to join the industry, which he said will face greater demands in the next 30 years to feed the world than it had in the previous 200 years.

Perdue announced a new partnership between the U.S.D.A. and SCORE to help foster development with new farmers. SCORE is a non-profit that finds professionals to mentor those looking to succeed in an industry.

The USDA released a report earlier this year that looked at the rising age of farmers.