RELEASE: Short film highlights joys and challenges of being a young farmer in the arid West

Western farmers grow 85% of all winter produce in the U.S, but lack of access to affordable water is making it increasingly difficult for young farmers to succeed

DURANGO, CO —A new short film, Conservation Generation, offers a look into the lives of four young farmers and ranchers in the arid West who are contending with the impacts of historic drought, climate change, and increased competition for water. Despite the challenges they face, the farmers are each committed to their communities and to finding innovative solutions to water shortages.

REPORT: Water scarcity, climate change threaten a generation of young farmers in the West

A new report, Conservation Generation, says vast majority of young farmers are dedicated to water conservation, but lack the resources to succeed

DURANGO, CO — A report released this week by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) paints the picture of a generation of farmers and ranchers who are dedicated to water conservation but who feel threatened by water scarcity and other serious challenges, such as access to land and capital. According to the report, Conservation Generation: How Young Farmers And Ranchers Are Essential to Tackling Water Scarcity in the Arid West, 94% of young farmers in the arid West are using some form of conservation on their farms, while water availability and climate change were named as the top two agricultural concerns.


FARMERS ADAPT TO DROUGHT AND INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY New Case Studies Highlight Innovative Drought Mitigation & Water Savings by Six Farmers in Four Colorado River Basin States DURANGO, CO – The National Young Farmers Coalition released a report today highlighting innovative farmers who are adapting to record drought in the arid Southwest. “Sustaining Farming in the Arid West: Stories of young […]