2016 Agriculture Appropriations: An Update

By Eric Hansen, NYFC Policy Analyst  Earlier this month, Congress reached a major milestone in its annual appropriations process, which funds the federal government. Both the relevant committees in the House and the Senate passed funding bills for the Department of Agriculture. These bills set spending levels for conservation programs and farm loans and include “policy riders” that alter Farm Bill programs. The Appropriations Process Each year,... Read More

Farm Hack West Slope CO: Farmers build social and online tools to improve farm resilience in the arid West

Harrison Topp, farmer from Mancos, CO, and Daphne Yannakakis, farmer at Zyphros farm, talk irrigation hardware at Farm Hack West Slope Colorado. On the small-scale farm, the only guarantee is that there are no guarantees. This fact makes resiliency—the ability to recover from or adjust to misfortune or change—an essential trait, especially for small, young and beginning farmers. As we in the west face extended drought and increasing demand for... Read More

NYFC to represent young farmers on multi-stakeholder group on water in the West

Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River, a classic image of the lifeline to agriculture in the West.Image by Jim Fowler – © 2013 Open up your fridge and chances are you’ll find some of the Colorado River. Whether you’re in Florida, Wisconsin or California, or any state in between, you most likely rely on the Colorado River for part of your daily grub. Over 15% of our nation’s fruits and vegetables, much of our meat and the majority... Read More

Colorado’s young farmers ready to join Governor in conservation

Friends, please take a minute to check out my recent Op-Ed published in the Grand Junction Sentinel on Colorado River water conservation. Young farmers need to be at the forefront of the discussion of how to build a smart water future for Colorado and the Colorado River Basin! Please also note the action at the bottom–sign on in support of water conservation at startwithconservation.com!   Colorado’s young farmers ready to join governor... Read More

New Strategies to Give Southern Farmers an Edge

An important recent report by the Wallace Center examines some of the issues that local farmers face in the Deep South, particularly historically disadvantaged farmers and those with limited resources.  While more opportunities are developing for farmers to meet the growing demand for local produce across the United States, disadvantaged farmers in the Deep South face major challenges, including access to and use of market information, adequate irrigation,... Read More

Veterans Emerge as New Beginning Farmers

A growing number of resources are available nationwide for returning veterans interested in farming careers: With funding from the USDA and other sources, various projects are underway specifically for veterans. One very noteworthy project comes from the Center for Veterans’ Issues (CVI), which is beginning a redevelopment project, the Veterans’ Food Project, in Milwaukee.   This program seeks to renovate foreclosed, inner-city properties... Read More

Report links food security, climate change, social justice

A new report released by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation and the Center for Food Safety explores the vital links between climate change, food security, and social justice.  It begins by discussing the effects of climate change on farmland, and how those effects  can potentially be mitigated.  The report cites a recent World Bank report’s findings that current agricultural practices are responsible for more than 30 percent of global... Read More