Immigration and Labor Glossary

Here is a working glossary of definitions, policies and regulations that are pertinent to immigration and labor issues.   Immigration  Asylum Seeker/Asylee An individual who comes to the United States seeking protection due to persecution or fear of persecution in their home country on account of: race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group […]

2022 Young Farmers USDA Policy Recommendations

Federal programs are failing to reach and support the next generation of farmers and ranchers. Young farmers are unfamiliar with federal programs, overwhelmed with the cumbersome application processes, lack the land tenure required to make use of conservation programs, and/or are not successful in making their diversified, direct-market operations fit the mold of loan applications […]

2022 Young Farmers Labor and Immigration Policy Recommendations

Challenging capitalism is one of the National Young Farmers Coalition’s Guiding Principles. Capitalism favors profit and wealth accumulation over community needs and the social good, perpetuating consolidation, wealth inequality, and labor exploitation in food and agriculture. Despite contributing to our society in such a tremendous and essential way—a fact made obvious to everyone living through […]

2022 Young Farmers Climate and Water Policy Recommendations

Young farmers are working hard to build solutions to the climate crisis and climate resilient communities. Agriculture does not need to exist in opposition to climate action; in fact, agriculture can be at the heart of policy change in support of climate resiliency. Eighty-eight percent of young farmers under 40 who responded to our 2022 […]

Young Farmers Appropriations Priorities for Fiscal Year 2023

Each year, Congress has the opportunity to make critical investments in the needs of young farmers and farmers of color through the appropriations process. After two years of the Coronavirus pandemic, with inflation rates soaring and a myriad of global uncertainties unfolding, we need a strong investment in the future of agriculture through FY23 Appropriations […]

Release: President’s Budget Demonstrates Commitment to a more just and resilient Future for U.S. Agriculture 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:​, Communications Director, National Young Farmers Coalition, 518-643-3564 ext. 722 Washington, D.C. (March 29, 2022) Staff from the National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) released the following statements in response to President Biden’s proposed FY2023 budget, shared yesterday, and its potential impacts on the future of U.S. agriculture:  “The President’s […]

Farm bill conservation programs need to be more accessible to young and BIPOC farmers

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture held a hearing to review current farm bill conservation programs in anticipation of the 2023 Farm Bill. We sent a letter to the Committee emphasizing the critical role conservation programs can play in addressing climate change and improving land access. Young and BIPOC farmers and ranchers […]