McLean County Farm Bureau

For the first time since the mid-1990s, rural or nonmetro areas saw a population increase

But rural America is still becoming older, with people 65 years and older making up more than 20% of the nonmetro population in 2021. And the four highest-employment industries didn’t include agriculture. How does that impact rural ag? USDA’s Economic Research Service annual report, “Rural America at a Glance,” found that despite the rural agriculture industry’s output per worker and total output have increased over time. FarmWeek’s Timothy Eggert shares the report’s findings on changes in the rural ag industry.