The damaging effects of climate change on agriculture are escalating, and the time to act is now.
We are running out of time to take collective policy action before the most dire climate change scenarios become a reality. Climate change is, and will continue to, spell disaster for farming communities and communities of color who are on the frontlines of the climate crisis.
In our 2017 National Young Farmers Survey, 66% of respondents reported experiencing unpredictable weather, more severe storms, increased pest pressure and disease, and increased uncertainty in the water supply, with over half attributing those changes to climate change. Additionally, in our 2020 survey of policy issues, our members identified climate action as their number one priority. Young farmers have lost crops and sustained damage to their farms due to extreme weather events, have experienced disrupted growing seasons, suffered severe economic losses, and have shut down operations due to droughts and unsafe conditions from uncontrolled wildfires.
However, young farmers are uniquely poised to be able to directly mitigate the disastrous effects of climate change through practices that sequester carbon in the soil and build on-farm resilience.
We are working for comprehensive climate legislation and administrative action that provides resources to the young farmers and farmers of color who are and will combat climate change and build resiliency on their farms across the country. We do this through farmer-led policy reform, climate advocacy and education, and collaborative and transformative partnerships with peer organizations and allies.