There is incredible opportunity and power to be explored and directed in the Farm Bill, a five year package, the current version of which directs $428 billion in mandatory spending alone, with almost $30 billion of that going to conservation programs. In 2022 and 2023, we are focused on shaping the next Farm Bill and USDA’s administrative priorities, to address the structural challenges facing this new generation of young and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) farmers. We are collaborating with farmer leaders, policy makers, and diverse stakeholders to envision and design a policy framework that prioritizes equitable land access and transition, and that is deeply informed by young farmer challenges and needs related to climate change, access to clean water, viability and economic justice, and immigration and labor.

We believe we can help drive these necessary transformations by centering the voices of farmers most marginalized from policy making processes, equitably resourcing and training farmer leaders across the country, and advocating for farmer-driven, equitable and intersectional policy recommendations in service of both incremental and radical change.