Commissioned Stories: Young Farmers: YoungFarmers8S-copy

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Paul Burrs and Jacob Schumacher, 3, reflected in a house window, find a few minutes to play at the end of the day at the Schumacher farm. Burrs partnered with Jacob's father, Matt Schumacher, to farm 500 acres near Dixon, Illinois. Burrs and Schumacher, both 28, hope to increase the acreage they farm, but the ethanol boom has increased land costs to an average of $5000 per acre. As young farmers, they're struggling to compete with more established farms.