Ag census: Farmers are getting older


Evan Schildmier (right, with his dad, Doug), is the only one of his siblings who has gone into the family business of farming. %u201CFor my generation, they don%u2019t want to stay on the farm,%u201D said Evan, 27. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)

HANCOCK COUNTY — On an uncommonly bright but brisk day last week in western Hancock County, 27-year-old Evan Schildmier was busy in the family farm’s equipment barn, working among a snake den of hydraulic hoses priming the row-crop planter for spring.

Schildmier has returned to the family’s 1,700-acre farm after seven years in the Marines and a couple of in-town jobs.

He’s currently the only one of Doug Schildmier’s three kids who has decided to make a living planting and harvesting, and the latest national figures from the United States Department of Agriculture’s census show the younger Schildmier is somewhat of an anomaly.

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