Beautiful photo.I love the hold houses and barns in rural areas- it’s like a memento mori-
but I’m not as pessimistic as the other commenters- there is a lot of good agriculture-based interest out there among younger people- but in new-ish ways. Out with the old industrial farm model, and in with the older small farm movement! Barns will be here forever- just maybe smaller and more sustainable (hopefully).
Barns are still being built. But these days they are likely to be either a steel building or a fabric cover building. I expect new wood barns are still raised in some Mennonite communities, perhaps a last repository of the necessary skills. Our agriculture model is seriously disfunctional, with a high reliance on unsustainable practices, but there is a groundswell of interest in local, sustainable agriculture as demonstrated by organizations such as Sustain Ontario (http://sustainontario.com/).
Yeah- seriously dysfunctional is probably the best thing that can be said for our current agricultural model. But things are changing- maybe not very fast- but I think food security issues will push us into sustainable agriculture faster than anything else.
Oddly- My daughter just signed up to be an earth ranger (an online program where kids can fund raise for projects that protect endangered animals in Canada) And she chose to fund raise for the barn swallow- which is having trouble because of lost habitiat in Quebec- the project will protect an area with older abandoned buildings so that they can have more habitat.
We live in such a rural area that there seems to be no end of abandoned farmyards- but it’s not so in more populated areas of the country I guess.