Congress is drafting the 2023 Farm Bill right now. This legislation will impact not only young and Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) farmers, but the food that every single one of us eats and can afford, and the health and well-being of our communities and the environment. The next several weeks are a crucial period of time to make sure that our Senators and Representatives hear from us about the policies that we want to see included in the final bill.
The Increasing Land, Capital, and Market Access Program was a one-time funding opportunity that we believe should be made permanent. This bipartisan marker bill that we recently helped introduce in Congress, the Increasing Land Access, Securities, and Opportunities Act (S.2340, H.R.3955) would expand on the promise of this program and make $100 million of funding for land access available to young and BIPOC farmers every year through the 2023 Farm Bill. Contact your Members of Congress today and tell them to support funding for equitable land access in the farm bill!
Want to continue advocating for a brighter future for young and BIPOC farmers? Learn about our other policy priorities like farmer mental health, climate action, and farmer-to-farmer education and how you get involved in shaping the 2023 Farm Bill by visiting our Farm Bill Action Center.
When you become a member of the National Young Farmers Coalition, you join a growing network of farmers, ranchers, and supporters working to resource the next generation of farmers. We share resources, organize in local chapters, and advocate collectively for policy change. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced farmer or are passionate about supporting the next generation of farmers in the U.S., we need you! Become a Young Farmers member today for as little as $1/year and add your voice to the movement calling for a brighter future for agriculture.
AN UPDATE ON STUDENT DEBT
Since March 13, 2020, a pause on all federal student loan payments has been in effect, and in a few weeks this payment hiatus is ending. Read about what this means for borrowers on our blog.
MEET THE RED CLAY FELLOWS
Meet the fellows of the Red Clay Fellowship, a leadership program for young, BIPOC farmers in the South centered on climate action and building racial equity through agriculture! This program has brought together six farmer leaders from across the Southeast to engage in peer-to-peer skill building, strategic leadership development, and dynamic resourcing of their current projects. Learn more about the fellows.
Until the end of October, farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who experienced discrimination in USDA’s farm lending programs prior to January 1, 2021 can apply for financial assistance through Section 22007 of the Inflation Reduction Act. Earlier this month, we spoke with Stephen Carpenter and Lindsay Kuehn from Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG) about who is eligible and how to apply.
YOUNG FARMERS IS HIRING
Young Farmers is looking for a Phone Banker and Technical Assistant to make calls to potential USDA 22007 Discrimination Financial Assistance Program applicants and assist applicants in applying. APPLY NOW.
WELCOME NEW STAFF!
We’re excited to welcome Iowa Organizer Elston Tortuga to the Young Farmers team! Read more about our staff and their work here.
YOUNG FARMERS IN THE HEADLINES
Congrats to Young Farmers Government Relations Director Vanessa García Polanco for being named one of Grist’s 50 Fixers of 2023—climate leaders driving fresh solutions to our planet’s biggest problems.
Land Policy Director Holly Rippon-Butler discusses 2023 Farm Bill policy solutions that would equitably transition farmland to the next generation of young farmers in Agri-Pulse.
Land Organizing Director Alita Kelly spoke with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute about our One Million Acres for the Future Campaign and our farm bill advocacy work. Listen now.