House farm bill makes key land access investments, but misses big opportunities

NYFC policy staff continues to dig into the House farm bill, H.R. 2. Read our previous posts on the overall analysis of the bill, as well as its potential impact for young farmers in the West. Across the country, climbing land prices have made it increasingly difficult for farmers to afford land. The challenge of land access for young farmers is so widespread and acute, in fact, that NYFC has an entire team dedicated to it. The farm bill, reauthorized... Read More

With West in Drought, House Farm Bill Cuts Conservation, Funds Land Access

  Wedged in between White House scandals and Beychella, the House Agriculture Committee released their draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. As NYFC outlined in our initial analysis of the bill, there is some good news for young farmers. Programs that support the next generation, like the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), are reauthorized, and funding for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), a critical tool... Read More

House Farm Bill Will Cost Young Farmers, Organic, and Conservation

At long last, the House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (R-TX) introduced his draft of the 2018 Farm Bill on Thursday. And we’ve got work to do. The bill maintains important provisions for beginning farmers, such as the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, but it would phase out programs that are critical to young farmers, compromise farmland conservation, and hurt the consumer safety net. The next step in the farm... Read More

Ask your Representative to Support the Young Farmer Agenda

The Young Farmer Agenda is NYFC’s policy platform for the next farm bill. By enacting the Young Farmer Agenda, Congress can inspire and support an entire generation of young producers, protect the resources they steward, strengthen the communities they feed, and revitalize the rural economies they underpin. Call your Member of Congress today to ask them to support the Young Farmer Agenda! NYFC has worked with Congressional champions to introduce... Read More

12 farmers, 44 meetings, 1 day

In the first week of June, with the 2018 farm bill already in motion, twelve young farmers flew to D.C. to tell Congress we need a farm bill that invests in our future. They discussed land access, student loans, health care and more. We held 44 meetings in one day and left D.C. feeling confident that young farmer interests will be included in the next farm bill. June is one of the hardest times of the year to leave the farm, and we’re so... Read More

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

Convention recap: Is there a farming platform?

By Eric Hansen, NYFC Policy Analyst  Agriculture was conspicuously absent from the conversation at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. We already noted in The Hill the missed opportunity this presented for the RNC. Unfortunately the Democrats did an equally poor job speaking to farmers. For Republicans, highlighting agriculture should be a no-brainer. Rural America overwhelmingly votes Republican and rural farmers are some of the... Read More

July News: NYFC at White House, Student Debt on the Agenda, FSA Elections, Land Trust Ed

Here at NYFC, we think farmers should be spending the summer fighting weeds, fixing fences and growing food—not worrying about student debt and untenable leases. In this July newsletter, we’ll tell you about two exciting campaigns NYFC is taking on: tackling student loan debt and fighting for affordable land. Plus, see us at the White House and read updates on federal programs and local events. Read More  Read More

NYFC February Newsletter: Beyond the Farm Bill, Western Water, Draft Power and more

As we reported last week, the new five-year farm bill has passed – so where do we go from here? We keep organizing! In this newsletter we’ll fill you in on what’s next in policy; introduce two new western initiatives (and our new staff members making it happen); and get you linked up with our cooperative webinars, expert advice on draft animal power and a wave of trainings, potlucks and parties hosted across the country by NYFC’s chapters. Even... Read More

Farm Bill 2014 – What it Means for Beginning Farmers for the Next 5 Years

This post is the second of three in-depth analysis pieces on the bill and how it will affect you.  Farmers on their way to meetings with legislators to push for a fair farm bill. Last week, after we shared the news that the new farm bill passed, we delved into a three-part series breaking the bill down and what its impact will be over the next five years.  (The bill is scheduled to expire in 2018).  We started out talking about some concerns with... Read More

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