Farming and parenting—a tough juggling act

Raising children on a farm might sound idyllic, but in a national study, most farmers with children under 18 said childcare was a challenge.

Over two-thirds of first-generation farmers, people who had not grown up on farms, reported struggles with childcare, from finding affordable options nearby to finding providers whose childrearing philosophy matched theirs. 

Even multigenerational farmers, many who live near relatives, said childcare’s affordability, availability, or quality was a problem. Just over half of those farmers reported some type of childcare challenge.

“Finding quality, affordable daycare affects young farmers and their ability to stay in agriculture.”

Shoshanah Inwood, an assistant professor at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES)

“This is going to come as a surprise to a lot of people who don’t think childcare is an issue for farmers,” said Shoshanah Inwood, an assistant professor at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and the lead researcher of the study.

“Finding quality, affordable daycare affects young farmers and their ability to stay in agriculture.”

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New Round of Coronavirus Assistance & Expanded Eligibility

Following is an update on Coronavirus assistance from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Farms and Markets

New relief funding is now available through Vermont’s Coronavirus agriculture assistance programs.

In addition, both the Agriculture & Working Lands and the Dairy Relief programs are reopening this week. The deadline for these programs has been extended to November 15th and eligibility has been expanded for Agriculture &Working Lands.

Eligibility changes include:

  • Sole proprietors are now eligible to apply
  • Businesses with a net profit between March 2020 and August 2020 can now apply
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Federal Coronavirus Assistance Program (CFAP2) Expands to More Crops

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) began taking applications for CFAP2 on Monday, September 21. The program will end on December 11, 2020. Close to $14 billion dollars has been made available to fund this effort.

The program has expanded to include hundreds of crops and livestock products.

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