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Decline in farm numbers remains the product of long-run trends and fluctuating economic conditions. Our analysis indicates that the effects of the mid-1980s farm crisis may be felt the most through the decreased entry of young farmers that occurred during the period. It will be interesting to see what happened during the ensuing period between the 1987 and 1992 Censuses after the recovery from the farm recession. Will a larger group of new young farmers step in to take the place of those who chose not to enter during the mid-1980s, or will the nation's young people continue to turn away from farming as a career?


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