Thousands of farmers and ranchers from around the country have benefited from trainings and educational events paid for by the USDA’s funding initiative, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. However, all these trainings are at risk unless Congress backs down on its attempt to use the program as a budgetary scapegoat: in the next […]
FARM BILL NOW RALLY Join thousands of other farmers for a rally in Washington, D.C., to tell Congress it is critical to pass a farm bill before Sept. 30. Farmers and food advocates of all stripes will be there, and it is important for beginning farmers and their supporters to show up in numbers to make […]
A US Farm Bill potentially worth nearly one trillion dollars over ten years has stalled in Congress, and with it the hopes of young farmers, conservationists and agriculturalists in general have stalled as well. When Congress returns to Washington in September, they have only until the end of the month, September 30th, before the current […]
For those hoping to see some advancement on the US Farm Bill, this summer has so far been a disappointment. With less than two months remaining before the expiration of the current bill, the process to create the Farm Bill of 2012 continues to be a victim of election year politics. Here is a quick […]
Recently, a group of Oklahoma’s finest young farmers met with Congressman Frank Lucas (R-OK) to discuss the US Farm Bill and the needs of Oklahoma’s next generation of food producers. The meeting was organized by Samantha Joelle Honey Lamb, a greenhorn farmer of 3 years in Hobart, Oklahoma. The proprietor of Early Bird Acres, she […]
It was less than 90 years ago when the perfect storm of environmental destruction culminated from the combination of poor farming practices and brutal drought conditions. The Dust Bowl of the 1930’s is the reminder of what consequences result from the work of over-ambitious, newly settled farmers. In return for neglecting the delicate balance of […]
Last week, the Senate voted to pass the Farm Bill by a 64-35 margin. I was footsteps away in the Congressional Visitors Center talking to other students my age about the gravity of that moment. For a bill that authorizes nearly a trillion dollars in funding (much of which impacts the 45 million who receive […]
Members of the House Agriculture Committee, thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony for the 2012 Agriculture Bill. I am twenty-four and a first generation farmer.
When I decided I wanted to farm, the prospects looked rather dire. When I looked across the landscape all I saw was large equipment and even larger farms. I wasn’t sure if there would be room in the farm environment for me. How was I going to be able to compete? I have found through hard work, determination, and creativity there is still some room for a beginner. It isn’t easy.
The Farm Bill fight continues! While we wait for more action on the Senate floor, we’ve got a task for you: Tell the House Committee on Agriculture and your members of Congress what you want to see in the next Farm Bill. Believe us, they need to know. In all of the House Committee on Agriculture’s […]