In farm country, business is still booming. Commodity prices remain high , and investors are funneling millions of dollars into buying farmland, making it quite enticing for the would-be farmer who wants to leave the rat race.
But surprisingly, these factors make it that much harder for the next generation of farmers to secure the financing they need to get on the tractor.
Austin Bruns drives with his windows down on a dirt country road in a noisy 18-wheeler. He's towing tons of corn and has a little more than a five o'clock shadow, hinting at long days of an early harvest.
"When I graduated from high school, I didn't really have my sights set on anything; I knew I didn't have any [land] that I was going to come home and farm," Bruns explains.
So Bruns went to school to become a diesel mechanic and later joined the National Guard. Today, the 25-year-old rents about 150 acres in eastern Nebraska, where he grows soybeans and corn.
For more, see: High Costs Make It Harder To Grow Young Farmers