Access to land is the number one challenge facing the next generation of farmers in the United States, and this barrier is even greater for farmers of color. As a coalition of growers and land stewards, equitable access to land is our top priority. According to our 2022 National Young Farmer Survey, 59% of young farmers named finding affordable land to buy as very or extremely challenging, and 65% of BIPOC farmers ranked it as very or extremely challenging. Over half of all respondents said that they currently need more access to land, whether to buy or lease.
The 2023 Farm Bill is a critical moment for action. Along with our partners, the National Young Farmers Coalition has launched the One Million Acres for the Future campaign. We are calling on Congress to make a historic investment in facilitating equitable access to one million acres of land for the next generation of farmers.