What services would help your farm business?

Do you have the tools you need for your farm business? By Lindsey Lusher Shute, NYFC Executive Director and Cofounder  As we near our 5th anniversary, NYFC is working to find new and innovative ways to fulfill our mission of representing, mobilizing, and engaging young farmers. We want to ensure the success of the farmers we serve and the organization we’ve built together. Something we’re exploring is the possibility of offering affordable business... Read More

The West, water and you: Take our new survey

This year drought has gripped the West to a new extreme. But both young and seasoned farmers are forging new and innovative solutions, growing more food with less water while enhancing biodiversity, soil health, and their local communities. Yet despite this, too often young farmers are not engaged in shaping water policy. This means their values and their voices go unheard by policymakers. NYFC is changing that. As part of our ongoing work on water... Read More

RELEASE: FARMLAND CONSERVATION 2.0: HOW LAND TRUSTS CAN PROTECT AMERICA’S WORKING FARMERS

The National Young Farmers Coalition released a report today that reveals how current farmland conservation practices are failing working farmers. Farmland Conservation 2.0: How Land Trusts Can Protect America’s Working Farms surveyed 200 land trust leaders from across the United States and found that one-quarter of land trusts have seen protected farmland move out of production. Land is going fallow as non-farmers purchase farms at prices beyond... Read More

Survey – Help Understand Beginning Farmer Knowledge Networks

NYFC would like to help researchers and other organizations better understand how to help beginning farmers!  Below is information on a survey on organic farmer knowledge networks.  If you have the time, please fill out the survey to help. My name is Emily and I am a senior at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. I am finishing my undergraduate study in Sociology and Urban & Environmental Policy. Help me with my senior thesis by completing... Read More

Northeast Farmers: Your Input Is Needed for UVM Curriculum Development

The UVM Extension New Farmer Project is seeking funding to develop a tractor education curriculum and train-the-trainer project that will be broadly available to help provide basic tractor safety, basic use and maintenance, and decision-making education to Northeast small scale and diversified farms. They are proposing to offer training that uses a variety of in-person and online formats to prepare participants to deliver tractor education for beginning... Read More

The latest scoop on the Young Farmer movement from GOOD

GOOD just published a new article by Jeff Gangemi, of FarmPlate.com, about NYFC’s fight to improve government ag policies: “The NYFC is currently lobbying Congress to roll back a proposed 50 percent cut to The Beginning Rancher and Farmer Development Program, and to provide $5 million a year in mandatory funding for the Individual Development Account Program, which sets aside matching funds for beginning and apprentice farmers. “While... Read More