Jake Carter is a 34-year-old farmer with 330 acres in McDonough, Ga. He grows fruits and vegetables and is the fifth generation of his family to work the land.
"Farming was something instilled in me at an early age," said Carter, who lives on the farm with his wife and two young daughters. "I didn't know if this was what I wanted to do after college, but it's in my blood and it's hard to imagine doing anything else."
As much as Carter says he loves his profession, he's knows he's part of a minority—being a farmer under the age of 50. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the average age for a farmer is now 58 and has been on the rise for 30 years. There are now six times more farmers 65 and older than there are farmers 34 and under, according to one study.
This has many industry watchers concerned about the future of American farming.