RELEASE: National Young Farmers Coalition applauds bipartisan bill to aid young and beginning farmers
Urges Congress to adopt all provisions of the Young and Beginning Farmers Act in the next farm bill
HUDSON, NY – November 1, 2017 – The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC)—a national advocacy network of young farmers fighting for the future of agriculture—applauded today as Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) and Ryan Costello (PA-06) introduced the bipartisan Young and Beginning Farmers Act (H.R. 4201) in the House of Representatives.
Announcing NYFC’s Land Affordability Calculator
findingfarmland.youngfarmers.org Fall is when farm work, done under the glow of the sun, gives way to farm planning under the glow of a computer screen. If your farm planning includes a search for—or even just a dream of—land of your own, NYFC has a tool for you. This fall, NYFC launched Finding Farmland, a website designed […]
RELEASE: Bipartisan Effort Gives Stamp of Approval to New Agricultural Workforce Development Program
The Young & Beginning Farmers Interim Study Committee voted today in favor of an internship cost-share program to get more young farmers on working farms and ranches
DENVER, CO (October 6, 2017) – At its final hearing today, the first-ever Colorado Young & Beginning Farmers Interim Study Committee voted unanimously in support of creating an Agricultural Workforce Development Program in Colorado. This program would provide costshare support to established farmers and ranchers to hire paid interns and train them on their operations. The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) applauds the collaborative efforts of the bipartisan committee in supporting the next generation of Colorado’s farmers and ranchers.
Ready, set, harvest: fixing equipment & finding markets
By Andrew Barsness | It’s critical to get the crop off of the field and transported to a buyer or a storage facility when it’s in that Goldilocks moisture range.
I farm like I cook, always learning as I go
By Maggie Bowling, Old Homeplace Farm One of my absolute favorite pastimes is cooking. I recently realized that one of the reasons I like spending time in the kitchen is the continual experimentation and learning, as well as the satisfaction when I finally get a certain dish “just right.” I have become a much better cook […]
Looking back at our whirlwind first season
By Caitlin Arnold, Furrow Horse Farm As we head into our second year as a farm, I am amazed at what we accomplished in just one short year. I remember back to our first few weeks on the farm, when our main field was just a cow pasture; we had yet to put up a […]
My first year farming: the highs, the lows, and the future
By Hannah Becker, Willow Springs Farm Preparing for this final Bootstrap Blogger post, I went back through my earlier posts and was immediately reminded of just how far we’ve come in a matter of months. The first few posts were all about digging fence postholes and scrounging for cash, and now we’re on to funny […]
The greatest crop I've ever grown
By Derek Emadi, Emadi Acres The winter in south Texas isn’t a time to take off or slow down. Thanks to a mild winter, we are lucky enough to grow all 12 months of the year. Take that, California! Our winter is pretty much like what I think the rest of the country experiences during […]
More Old McDonald than Superman? A Day in my life
By Hannah Becker, Willow Springs Farm A Day in My Life I get up early—6 a.m.— and go for a quick run. I also print off lecture handouts and skim Wall Street Journal over breakfast (the digital version—it takes days to get the printed version delivered out here). Then I don a suit (but don’t […]
Here's what I need you to know about farming
By Maggie Bowling, Old Homeplace Farm As I begin my third year as a farmer, I find most of my thoughts divided between two major categories: farming is really hard, and farming is really rewarding. But it might help if I break those ideas down a little more. Here are the top five things I […]