Take the National Young Farmer Survey

Through our first national survey in 2011, young farmers and ranchers came together to tell the nation—citizens, advocates, and policy makers—who they were and what they needed in order to succeed. The results from that survey inspired new programs and influenced policies in every state. Now we have the opportunity to speak up again. Help us tell Congress that #FarmersCount by taking the 2017 National Young Farmer Survey: Your participation will... Read More

A Young Farmers Guide to Election Season

Election season is in full swing, and Congress is in recess, which means that instead of hanging out in D.C., most Senators and Representatives are in their home states, listening to voters. Agriculture hasn’t gotten much discussion at the national level, which makes it even more critical that candidates hear from farmers. Young farmers are important constituents, and candidates need to understand that agricultural issues matter. Many candidates... Read More

National Convergence: 29 chapter leaders

Top: All of the chapter leaders and NYFC staff. Middle: NYFC executive director Lindsey Lusher Shute addresses the chapter leaders. Bottom: Tess Brown-Lavoie of the Young Farmer Network of Southeastern New England addresses the group. Tess is also an NYFC board member. Last week was a momentous one for the National Young Farmers Coalition: we hosted our first National Chapter Leader Convergence, an event that brought the leaders of 25 chapters from... Read More

Young farmers visit Capitol Hill and USDA

Farmers and NYFC staff in front of USDA. Back row: David Rodriguez, Calvin Andersen, Peter Stocks, Erick Hansen (NYFC Staff). Front row: Emily Eckhardt, Brittany Arrington, Sophie Ackoff (NYFC staff), and Lizz Wysocki. Last Wednesday farmers from six states converged on Washington, D.C. for a whirl-wind round of meetings on Capitol Hill and at USDA. The event, known as a “fly-in,” was organized by the National Young Farmers Coalition to give young... Read More

Margaret Krome encourages food advocacy in MOSES keynote

In order to change the food system, farmers and sustainable food advocates must build grassroots power on the most vital issues, according to Margaret Krome. She was a keynote speaker at the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) recent conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Krome, Policy Director at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, Wisconsin, told the MOSES participants that “the processes of government at the... Read More

GIPSA Rule Survives Senate Appropriations Committee

One small victory for small-scale agriculture has been achieved on the legal front.  Two weeks ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee did not include language previously proposed in the House of Representatives’ 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that would prevent the USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) from enacting a competition rule known as the GIPSA rule.  The Senate version of the Agriculture Appropriations... Read More