Intervention through Inquiry: Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

The overall goal of this project is to increase beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers’ and ranchers’ knowledge of safety and injury prevention especially with respect to the children they raise, hire, and host on their farms or ranches. This also includes exploring the perceived benefits of raising children on farms and how health and safety can be incorporated into these family goals. This projects promotes the sustainability of new farmers and ranchers as they enter the agricultural industry, teaching them safe practices with their children, and earning rapport. There is an increasing anxiety about the next group of farmers, as some who grew up in agriculture are not returning to the farm and many others do not have the capital to be in production agriculture. Those entering the agricultural industry are unable to afford prime land and new and safer machinery. In addition, they are finding high risk markets as they begin to learn the essentials to farming. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been assisting beginning and young farmers financially, including those who do not have agricultural background such as minority groups and returning veterans.