By Tim Kowols
Farmers are getting older as money and interest in the field continue to be obstacles for transitions to future generations of family members. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average age of a farmer is 57 years old, a number that is only increasing with each passing month. Paul Wallace, Jr. is in the middle of taking over ownership of his parents’ 100-milking cow operation in Forestville. As he slowly buys the cattle and equipment, Wallace, Jr. says he is seeing the struggles many families face when it comes to passing farms down from generation to generation.
Wallace, Jr. says he wants his two high school-aged children to make the decision for themselves on whether or not they would like to take over the farm in the future. Wallace Dairy Farm will be hosting the Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm June 11.