VIDEO: Young Farmers Speak Up

Do you want to change food and farming in the US? Then it’s time to get with your chapter and engage elected officials. In this short video, see members of the Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition in action– sharing stories, building relationships and winning the change they need! Read More  Read More

NYFC Presents at Western Governors Association Drought Forum

Presenters at the 2014 WGA Drought Forum California State Capitol where the WGA Drought Forum was held National Young Farmers Coalition was invited to present during the Western Governors Association forum on “Drought Impacts and Solutions in the Agricultural Sector”. Many academics and water resource managers from California were in attendance along with several ranchers and farmers.  Jerry Brown, Governor of California and Nevada Governor Brian... Read More

Farming is Public Service: Farmers Need Student Loan Forgiveness

This article was originally posted by Eric Hansen and Sophie Ackoff on the Food Day Blog.  Click here to read the original. Student loan debt is on the rise. For our nation’s young farmers and ranchers, paying off these loans is a critical barrier to starting a career in agriculture. Young people graduating from college with debt are finding that they either cannot afford to farm and pay down their loans, or are prevented from financing their new... Read More

New York’s Young Farmers Ask Governor Cuomo to Support Land Access Legislation

Governor Cuomo speaking on a farm in Middleburgh, NY in 2011. Photo: Office of Governor Cuomo Farmers, aspiring farmers, and organizations across New York State are rallying to urge Governor Cuomo to pass a bill that would improve land access for beginning farmers in the state. If passed, this bill could provide access to state-owned farmland for beginning farmers, bolster technical support to both beginning farmers and organizations that assist them... Read More

Whitehouse.gov Guest Post – Bringing Young Americans Back to the Farm

2014 Future of American Agriculture Champions of Change, at a White House ceremony. This post, by NYFC’s Lindsey Lusher Shute, was originally published on whitehouse.gov, where Lindsey has been named a Future of American Agriculture Champion of Change. With record farmland prices, climate instability, and an agricultural economy often working against them, today’s young farmers and ranchers are all Champions of Change. They are taking tremendous... Read More

USDA Announces Increased Funding to Organic Growers

Last month USDA announced $13 million in Farm Bill funding will be available for organic certification cost share assistance, a win for small and beginning farmers who want to go organic. Secretary Tom Vilsack said the move is in response to an increasing consumer demand for organic products, and USDA “need[s] to make sure that small farmers who choose to grow organic products can afford to get certified.” Programs administered by the National... Read More

Check out our new land access page!

Photo by Holly Rippon-Butler Looking to stay up to date with NYFC’s work on land access for beginning farmers? Check out our new land access page where you will find links to our Conservation 2.0 report, land access working group, policy advocacy work, and case studies of farmers getting on the land. There is also a collection of resources and reports on land access issues that we will continue to update. Be sure to check back in the fall... Read More

USDA to Release 2012 Census of Ag Data

Every five years, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) takes a hard look at the state of US agriculture by conducting a Census of Agriculture. In a very real way, the census is one of the few opportunities farmers have to tell the USDA about their operations—who they are, and what they need. Today, USDA will publish its full report of the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Below is a snippet of the agency’s preliminary report,... Read More

Tomorrow: USDA Deputy Secretary Harden Hosts an Online Workshop on Credit and Farm Finances

Deputy Harden visiting with a group of young farmers last fall. On Tuesday, April 1 at 4 p.m. EDT Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will host a Google+ Hangout to discuss types of agricultural credit and ways to access them in support of your farm or ranch business. Read More  Read More

Apply Now: Two New Job Opportunities with NYFC

The National Young Farmers Coalition represents, mobilizes and engages young farmers to ensure their success. We’re hiring for two positions: a policy analyst and communications coordinator, ideally to work from our Hudson, NY office. Details are below, or view all NYFC openings on the Opportunities Page! Read More  Read More

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