The Future Farmers of America is dedicated to encouraging young people to pursue a career in the farming industry. With the agriculture business constantly adjusting to changes – will these aspiring farmers have a bright future? News Channel 5's Natalie North did some digging around, looking for answers.
How about Peter Dekyzer and his family have deep roots here in Alexandria –1700 ACRES and 6 decades worth in fact.
"I'm a third generation farmer here. My grandfather started this 60 years ago."
Peter has been farming these fields for more than 20 years now – and says that things in the farming industry have changed over the years. Technology in agriculture has changed the game…
"Machinery is harvesting equipment 3 times faster than it did 20 years ago."
Technology continues to make it easier for Peter to harvest more crops in quicker time, but he says that's not always the case for fellow farmers – who have a hard time, just getting started.
"You really can't afford to buy property and grow a crop on it year in and out and make a net return at the end of the year."
The future of our farmers and issues that they face is a hot topic that's being discussed in the farming industry – and locally, at the Louisiana Future Farmers of America Convention, that's being hosted in Alexandria.
"Unfortunately we have less of our young people who are moving into production agriculture because of those problems." -Ronald Mayeux, State FFA Executive Secretary
Peter says that regardless of what changes in the farming industry, his future still looks bright.
"We have enough family owned land that we can probably keep on going the way we're going and still make ends meet."
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:46 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:46:45 GMT
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