States help graying farmers find successors

STEVE SZKOTAK

Seattle Post Intelligencer

Mike Cullipher used to juggle his farm chores and a full-time job, working 275 acres on nights and weekends. Now he’s trying to make a go of it as a full-time farmer, and he’s wondering about his father’s plans for the property.

But when he asks 73-year-old Louis Cullipher, who is still active on the Virginia Beach farm, how he will divide the business among his three children, "He just puts his hands up and says ‘we’ll talk another day,’" the younger Cullipher says.

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