Census figures from the U-S Department of Agriculture show the number of farmers between the ages of 25-and-34 grew by two-point-two percent over a recent five-year period. That’s just the second time in the last century the number of young farmers went up. The National Young Farmers Coalition says access to land, student loan debt, finding labor and being able to afford health insurance are the biggest road blocks for young people wanting to start their own farm. Older farmers continue to abandon the life. While about 25-hundred younger farmers came on board, nearly 100-thousand farmers between the ages of 45-and-54 left the farm.