Will COVID-19 Drive More American Back to the Farm?

As the coronavirus changes the world and decimates the work force, some individuals may want to head back to the farming life.

Mike Nelson, from McAllen, Texas, thinks it is possible. Nelson says, “I think people are feeling out of control and they’re feeling pushed and they are feeling stressed. And, the farm is the anathema to all those things.”

Ben Thomas, the Director for Montana’s Department of Agriculture, states that he is seeing the younger generation push toward agriculture for a career, but to do it differently. Thomas claims that the new generation is not looking to produce large amounts with large amount of land, but rather sustain on a small amount of land and give back to local food systems.