Young Farmers USDA Access and Accountability Team supports BIPOC farmers
My name is Ebonee Stevenson, and I am the new USDA Access and Accountability Organizer with the National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers). I am a veteran community organizer, Master Urban Farmer, a community-based educator, and consumer of copious amounts of ramen. You may be wondering what a USDA Access and Accountability Organizer does and […]
Is an FSA microloan right for your farm?
Are you looking for a little extra capital to support your farming goals? USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) microloans allow small farmers to apply for only what they need (no minimum) up to $50,000. Farmers can use the loans to purchase land, buy equipment, or for other farming expenses. EXAMPLES of purchases the loans may […]
Summer 2021 Opportunities for Young Farmers to Build Political Power and a More Just Food System
Dear Young Farmer Advocates, Through policy advocacy and working with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) staff at the national level, Young Farmers staff, members, and partners have been pushing hard to make sure that USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans and programs truly serve the needs of all young farmers. There are several ways […]
RELEASE: Young Farmers Suffering in Extended Government Shutdown
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Communications Director, https://www.youngfarmers.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Screen-Shot-2021-08-17-at-2.19.49-PM-2-1.png, email@example.com | View full release and contacts Young Farmers Suffering in Extended Government Shutdown Washington, DC (January 19, 2019) – The Federal Government shutdown, now on day 29, has shuttered USDA offices across the country, freezing many of the programs young farmers depend on, such as USDA Farm Service […]
Finding and Funding Your Farm
By Michael Durante, Land Access Program Associate
The demographics suggest that finding farmland should be easier now than ever, and indeed the National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates that over the next five years, nearly 100 million acres of U.S. farmland are expected to change ownership. But beginning farmers consistently find that accessing land—particularly finding and affording land on a farm income—is the number one challenge they face. We recommend several strategies for farmers seeking land.
FSA announces funding for loan program
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced last Friday that they are transferring additional funding into their direct farm operating loan program. This program loans money to farmers to help them pay for farm operating expenses and equipment when they cannot find a farm loan with another lender. This program includes the incredibly popular microloan program […]
Big USDA Wins for Young Farmers
This past week, USDA announced two big changes coming to your local county office. First, USDA will be hiring five new staff members at the state level to coordinate new farmer programs for the Farm Service Agency (FSA). The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) has pushed USDA to provide specialized expertise for new farmers, and […]
The FSA Microloan Expansion is Coming November 7th!
Yesterday, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced a major expansion to the microloan program. Starting on November 7th, the cap on microloans will be raised from $35,000 to $50,000. We are thrilled to see FSA expand this program that is critical to young farmers! Microloans provide operating loans to small and beginning farmers. They have […]
July News: NYFC at White House, Student Debt on the Agenda, FSA Elections, Land Trust Ed
Here at NYFC, we think farmers should be spending the summer fighting weeds, fixing fences and growing food—not worrying about student debt and untenable leases. In this July newsletter, we’ll tell you about two exciting campaigns NYFC is taking on: tackling student loan debt and fighting for affordable land. Plus, see us at the White House […]
Tomorrow: USDA Deputy Secretary Harden Hosts an Online Workshop on Credit and Farm Finances
On Tuesday, April 1 at 4 p.m. EDT Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will host a Google+ Hangout to discuss types of agricultural credit and ways to access them in support of your farm or ranch business.