Laws, Policy and Programs

Young Farmers Rely on Affordable Health Care

With the Senate’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act looming, young farmers from across the country wrote to tell us about what’s at stake on their farms. If you have a health care story to share, let us know. Help us

Is Whole Farm Revenue Insurance right for your farm?

Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) is a new national crop insurance program for farmers. Since it is so new, lots of people are unclear about how it works. Traditionally, CSA and market farmers didn’t buy crop insurance because the crops

Young Farmer Success Act Reintroduced in Congress

A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives took action to address our urgent national need for more young farmers by reintroducing the Young Farmer Success Act (H.R. 1060).   The National Young Farmers Coalition first worked with members of Congress in 2015 to

FSA announces funding for loan program

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced last Friday that they are transferring additional funding into their direct farm operating loan program. This program loans money to farmers to help them pay for farm operating expenses and equipment when they cannot

Convention recap: Is there a farming platform?

By Eric Hansen, NYFC Policy Analyst  Agriculture was conspicuously absent from the conversation at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. We already noted in The Hill the missed opportunity this presented for the RNC. Unfortunately the Democrats did an equally

A Young Farmers Guide to Election Season

Election season is in full swing, and Congress is in recess, which means that instead of hanging out in D.C., most Senators and Representatives are in their home states, listening to voters. Agriculture hasn’t gotten much discussion at the national

FSMA Update: FDA Finalizes the Produce Rule

By Eric Hansen, NYFC Policy Analyst  This is what we have all been waiting for, at least those of us with a stake in farm policy. On November 13 , the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the final version

5 things to love about USDA's New Farmers website

By Eric Hansen, NYFC Policy Analyst  Yesterday, USDA announced that they are doubling down on their commitment to new farmers. The Department is aiming to boost beginning farmer participation in their programs and services by focusing $5.6 billion of existing

Farmer testifies to Congress about student loan debt

On Monday, farmer Emily Best was invited to testify at a Congressional hearing about the impact her student loan debt has on her ability to farm. As almost one million student borrowers prepare to receive their first student loan bills

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