When Congress goes on recess each spring, legislators tend to leave Washington, D.C. and head back to their home districts for District Work Periods, or “in-districts.” In April, thirty-nine farmers held thirty-two in-district meetings with legislators across the country to share about the challenges they face on their farms, and the policy solutions they need. […]
Lindsey is joined in the studio at Radio Kingston by freshman Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY-19) to talk about his hotly contested race for office, representing the needs of beginning farmers in DC, and how he’s trying to reach across the aisle in an era of “political tribalism.” After the show, Lindsey and Jessica debrief. National […]
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 18, 2018) – After today’s stunning defeat of the House farm bill, H.R. 2, in a 198 – 213 vote, the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) called on Members of Congress to repair the bipartisan farm bill coalition and deliver a farm bill that works for everyone.
“Today’s vote should prove once and for all that Congress cannot pass a bill this important by dividing Republicans and Democrats; dividing what’s right for farmers and what’s right for families; pitting the largest farms against the smallest,” said Lindsey Lusher Shute, co-founder and Executive Director of NYFC. “We need a farm bill that works for, and includes, all of us. One that supports farmers and ranchers struggling through an economic downturn or growing amidst a drought, and one that can sustain farming as a viable livelihood for future generations. NYFC farmers brought Members of Congress to their farms, wrote op-eds, and sent countless letters with one theme: We cannot wait another farm bill to address the structural barriers holding our generation back. The House farm bill presented today didn’t heed that call. The House was right to defeat it, and let’s hope it’s back to the drawing board.”
Urges Congress to recognize irreparable economic loss if retiring farmers have no replacements
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 12, 2018) – The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) expressed its frustration with President Trump’s budget outline for Fiscal Year 2019, released this morning, which proposes to slash funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture by 16 percent.
RELEASE: National Young Farmers Coalition applauds Colorado Senate Agriculture Committee passage of bipartisan legislation to help build agricultural workforce
SB18-042, the Agricultural Workforce Development Program, cost-shares the expense of hiring on-farm interns with farm and ranch business owners. Young farmer drive-in at the Capitol set for Tues., Feb. 13th
DENVER, CO (February 1, 2018) – Today, the Senate Agriculture Committee of the Colorado General Assembly voted 9-2 in support of a new bill to increase agricultural apprenticeships in Colorado. SB18-042, the Agricultural Workforce Development Program, would reimburse qualified agricultural businesses up to 50 percent of the cost of hiring a farm intern. The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) applauded the continued bipartisan efforts in support of the measure.
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.
RELEASE: National Young Farmers Coalition to hold Young Farmer Roundtables to urge members of Congress to support young farmers in the farm bill process
Events enable young farmers to give direct input on their needs to members of the House Agriculture Committee
HUDSON, NY (Aug. 3, 2017) – The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) is holding Young Farmers Roundtables this August to give young farmers the chance to express their needs directly to members of Congress who serve on the House Agriculture Committee. The announcement was made by Lindsey Lusher Shute, NYFC’s executive director and co-founder.
RELEASE: National Young Farmers Coalition Executive Director Lindsey Lusher Shute presents testimony urging Congress to strengthen support for young farmers
Federal policy and USDA programs make a difference for young farmers, and must be built upon to overcome obstacles ahead for rural America and the U.S. food system
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 25, 2017) – In testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, Lindsey Lusher Shute, the executive director and co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), called on Congress to continue to build momentum for the support of America’s young and beginning farmers.
In the first week of June, with the 2018 farm bill already in motion, twelve young farmers flew to D.C. to tell Congress we need a farm bill that invests in our future. They discussed land access, student loans, health care and more. We held 44 meetings in one day and left D.C. feeling confident that young farmer interests will be […]
RELEASE: National Young Farmers Coalition comes to Washington, D.C., to make the case for millennial farmer support in 2018 Farm Bill
Fighting for the future of agriculture, young farmers fly 13,000 miles, hold 44 legislative meetings, and debate seven USDA programs—fueled by four gallons of coffee!
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 13, 2017) – Leaving their farms and ranches at one of the most difficult times of the year, millennial farmer members of the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), the only national group solely focused on young farmers, met with their legislative representatives in Washington, D.C., to advocate for support in the upcoming farm bill.