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

NYFC March 2014 Newsletter

We’ve kicked off the spring with an exciting win at the USDA! Thanks to feedback from our coalition, the Farm Service Agency is making key changes to its facilities loan program that will increase access to diversified farmers. Want to be involved in NYFC’s next policy win?  Now’s your chance – we’re calling for applications for a new Policy Analyst for the coalition, one of two new positions. In this March newsletter,... Read More

USDA Responds to NYFC Feedback with Major Changes to FSA Loan Program

The USDA announced major revisions to its Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) Program, a major win for young farmers who specialize in diversified operations and CSA’s.  Thanks to the efforts of NYFC and its allies, the new program is now more flexible and useable for a much broader set of farms needing to build or upgrade their storage facilities. Read More  Read More

NYFC Represents Young Farmers at the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum

Last month, NYFC was invited to participate in a plenary session with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack during the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum -  an annual USDA conference on the economic outlook of commodity agriculture and trade.  Read More  Read More

President Obama’s 2015 Budget Includes Strong Commitment to Young Farmers

Last week, President Obama submitted to Congress his budget request for fiscal year 2015. The $3.9 trillion proposal includes nearly $24 billion in discretionary spending for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read More  Read More

GMO Contamination: Coming to a farm near you?

Young farmers and supporters!  As an organization focused on sustainable agriculture for the next generation, we’re excited to be a part of the push for better laws around GMO contamination.  Today we’re asking you to take a few minutes to send in a comment to the USDA before next Tuesday to tell them why GMO contamination is an important issue for you and your farm.  See below for more information from our friends at the National Sustainable... Read More

Today: USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta to Host Google+ Hangout on the Changing Face of Agriculture

Deputy Harden speaking with a group of young farmers and NYFC members in New York. Today at 3 PM EST, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Harden will host a Google+ Hangout to highlight USDA’s commitment to new farmers to build the new generation of agriculture. There are great challenges and opportunities for new and beginning farmers and ranchers as the average age of farm operators continues to rise and more diverse farmers are entering the industry.... Read More

Introducing Good Life Farm, from Interlaken, New York

Good Life Farm is perched on a hill on the west side of Lake Cayuga. On a chilly fall evening, I watched Melissa Madden instruct an employee on the art of driving two draft horses towards the turkey pasture. The last rays of the day’s sunlight illuminate the land, and it’s easy to see why Melissa and her husband, Garrett Miller, chose this life.   Read More  Read More

New Data Shows the Ups and Downs of Farm to School Progress

Reprinted with the permission of the USDA. More and more farmers are looking to institutional relationships as a new marketing outlet, and we’re excited to see how beginning farmers are taking an active role in that progress.  Recently, the results of the inaugural United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School census were released – based on data primarily from 2011-2012 – which give us a good picture of growth of... Read More

SARE Celebrates 25th Year Anniversary

Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture This year, the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program celebrates its 25th anniversary.  The program aims to promote sustainable farming by funding research into different areas of sustainable farming such as cover cropping and rotational grazing, as well as operating competitive grant programs for farmers.  SARE was the first USDA program dedicated to sustainable farming... Read More

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