Assessment of young and beginning producer practices in Montana

dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: Shannon Arnolden
dc.contributor.authorTintzman, Tyler Williamen
dc.coverage.spatialMontanaen
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-21T18:47:39Z
dc.date.available2019-10-21T18:47:39Z
dc.date.issued2019en
dc.description.abstractThe agricultural industry is at a turning point regarding the labor force in the United States. The average age of the existing labor force continues to increase and fewer young and beginning farmers and ranchers (YBFR) are entering production agriculture. The purpose of this research was to gain a better understanding of the experience of YBFR entering production agriculture and the working challenges they are facing. This phenomenological research study utilized semi-structured interviews with active YBFR in Montana to examine their experiences. Following analysis, seven different themes surrounding the experiences of YBFR in Montana were revealed. 1. Access to land, capital, and equipment is a significant barrier for a YBFR to enter production agriculture. 2. Developing a network of peers and finding a mentor within production agriculture is a valuable tool for a YBFR. 3. The use of governmental YBFR programs has a positive impact on the experience. 4. Crop insurance is a valued risk protection tool for YBFR operations. 5. Support from family members and industry peers positively impacts the financial and intellectual experience of a YBFR. 6. Continuing formal and non-formal education on the latest technologies and industry practices can assist a YBFR in creating a competitive business. 7. A thorough understanding of production costs on an agricultural operation will allow a YBFR to make fact based, objective decisions that lead to a more profitable operation. In conclusion, these seven themes were shared across participants to explain what and how they experienced being a YBFR in Montana. Further research should be conducted to better understand the impact of networking, mentorship, and the costs of production.en
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarworks.montana.edu/handle/1/15606en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, College of Agricultureen
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2019 by Tyler William Tintzmanen
dc.subject.lcshFarmersen
dc.subject.lcshYoung adultsen
dc.subject.lcshEconomicsen
dc.subject.lcshMentoringen
dc.subject.lcshAgricultural educationen
dc.titleAssessment of young and beginning producer practices in Montanaen
dc.typeThesisen
mus.data.thumbpage12en
mus.relation.departmentAgricultural Education.en_US
thesis.degree.committeemembersMembers, Graduate Committee: Anton Bekkerman; Dustin Perry.en
thesis.degree.departmentAgricultural Education.en
thesis.degree.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.nameMSen
thesis.format.extentfirstpage1en
thesis.format.extentlastpage96en

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