Young people shouldn’t have to choose between a career in farming and paying off their student loan debt. But we’ve heard it again and again—student loan debt is keeping young people from succeeding in agriculture. Today, we’re launching a new campaign to tackle the student loan barrier for committed, career farmers.
#FarmingIsPublicService is a campaign to add farmers to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
This federal program provides a pathway to student loan forgiveness for people working in public service careers such as nursing, teaching, and government service. We believe growing healthy food for your community is a public service and that government must incentivize young people to pursue careers in agriculture.
But to make this happen, we need you! As a first step, join the #FarmingIsPublicService campaign. There, you can learn more, sign up for campaign updates, take our survey and buy the campaign tee!
Winning student loan forgiveness for farmers isn’t going to be easy. It’s going to take all of us, working together, to get farmers the support they need.