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Supporting the Next Generation of Agricultural Businesses

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship will meet for a hearing titled, “Supporting the Next Generation of Agricultural Businesses.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 25, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

A focus of the subcommittee is to increase the economic development of rural areas of the country. The hearing will discuss the challenges the nation’s younger generation faces in rural areas, particularly in the agricultural industry. America’s farmers are getting older, with the average age of 58 years old. As older farmers look to retire or transition away from the business of farming, new farmers are presented with opportunities and difficult challenges. This hearing is designed to enable Members to have a dialogue about the problems and the potential solutions within the rural agricultural industry as it pertains to beginning farmers and younger entrepreneurs.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 


Mr. Matthew Keesling
Farm Manager
Bures' Organic Family Farm
Deerbrook, WI
*Testifying on behalf of the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

Mr. Jason Grimm
Grimm Family Farm
Williamsburg, IA
*Testifying on behalf of the National Young Farmers Coalition and the Eastern Iowa Young Farmers 

Ms. Meri Lillia Mullins

Farm Manager
Lighthearted Ranch
Longmont, CO
*Testifying on behalf of the Flatiron Young Farmers Coalition

Mr. Rodney Hebrink 
President & CEO
Compeer Financial 
Lakeville, MN
*Testifying on behalf of Farm Credit 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence

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