Every five years, the National Young Farmers Coalition collects data from farmers in every state through the National Young Farmer Survey. In 2022 we received over 10,000 responses from past, current, and aspiring farmers across the country. The data presents an up-to-date picture of the opportunities and promises of the next generation in agriculture, as […]
Building a Future with Farmers 2022: Results and Recommendations from the National Young Farmer Survey
The National Young Farmers Coalition’s new report, Building a Future with Farmers 2022: Results and Recommendations from the National Young Farmer Survey, shares the voices of a generation of young farmers who are working hard to feed their communities despite the significant challenges they face, including access to farmland and capital, student loan debt, access […]
Food companies need to manage and prepare for the changing demographics of US agriculture. Young producers are likewise navigating the implications of a US farm transition and developing enterprise models for the long-term. Can companies make their supply chains foster the future of agriculture instead of the incumbent state? Can corporate supply chains be viable […]
Young Farmers first Accountability Report provides an account of our organization’s efforts to advance racial justice in agriculture and shares the overarching framework of our organization’s racial equity transformation, including goals, achievements, and missteps. Our hope is that the report will inspire historically white organizations to explore our approach–investing in systems and processes that have […]
Land, policy, and power are closely intertwined. Read our new report to learn what the issues are, see policy solutions, and take action.
The havoc wrought on Midwest farms by historic flooding in 2019 brought to national attention, yet again, the impacts of climate change on U.S. agriculture. But for young farmers across the country and in the state of Illinois, last year is just one more season defined by a “new normal” of unpredictable weather and uncertain yields.
Specialty crop farming, with higher value markets and risk-mitigating diversification, offers an attractive option for beginning farmers. With access to crop insurance specialty crop growers and new and beginning farmers can more easily obtain credit to sustain and grow their operations. Opportunities exist to adapt existing risk management policies to support these producers. By […]
READ THE REPORT The majority of farm operators are nearing retirement and leaving the field at a time when average farm income has declined by nearly half over the past five years and land prices in many areas have risen beyond what a working farmers can afford. The land that these farmers steward […]
The 2019 California Young Farmers Report summarizes findings from a statewide survey and listening sessions across California. It offers a deeper understanding of the top challenges and barriers facing California’s young farmers and ranchers, particularly farmers of color. With invaluable input from these farmers, we are drawing a roadmap for legislators, technical service providers, and partner organizations to build a brighter future with farmers in California.
Agriculture is an integral part of New York’s economy, culture, and landscape. The state’s 35,500 farms keep over 7 million acres of land in agricultural production, support more than 160,000 jobs, and generate in excess of $39 billion annually. As a growing number of farmers prepare to retire, it is critical that young […]