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Young Farmers Strategic Plan 2021-2026

We believe we have one generation to transform agriculture in service to our communities and the land. We are that generation. Over the past year, our coalition undertook a collaborative and radical reenvisioning of our work to chart a path

Young Farmers 2020 Accountability Report

Young Farmers first Accountability Report provides an account of our organization’s efforts to advance racial justice in agriculture and shares the overarching framework of our organization’s racial equity transformation, including goals, achievements, and missteps. Our hope is that the report

Young Farmers 117th Congress Policy Priorities

Check out the federal policy priorities of The National Young Farmers Coalition for the 117th Congress. These priorities are the result of our Federal Policy Setting Process, in which we worked to ensure young farmers, especially BIPOC farmers, have a formal

2021 Young Farmer Colorado Policy Priorities

Check out our 2021 Colorado Policy Priorities, including protecting CO’s water and soil resources, expanding farm worker protections, investing in secure land tenure, and providing additional COVID-19 relief.   Read the Policy Priorities    

2021 Young Farmer New Mexico Policy Priorities

  Check out the policy priorities we identified to address the various barriers to entry for young and beginning producers in New Mexico: systemic racism, a lack of access to capital and credit, access to land and water, training opportunities,

Land Policy Report

Land, policy, and power are closely intertwined. Read our new report to learn what the issues are, see policy solutions, and take action.

2020 New Mexico Case Studies

Read the stories of five young farmers from across New Mexico–Casey Holland, Zach and Ethan Withers, Mathew Ladegaard, and Reyna Banteah–and their experiences with drought in the west, local politics, food waste, land access, and a changing climate.   Read

Young Farmers Racial Equity Toolkit

This toolkit is a starting point. It aims to orient and incite members toward preliminary consciousness-raising and direct action. This toolkit does not detail a universally applicable pathway toward resolving pervasive racialized oppression; it is an initial resource for people

2020 Illinois Soil Health Policy Report

The havoc wrought on Midwest farms by historic flooding in 2019 brought to national attention, yet again, the impacts of climate change on U.S. agriculture. But for young farmers across the country and in the state of Illinois, last year

Food Safety Case Studies

Check out our new food safety case studies to learn how four small farms are building strong produce safety practices into their businesses and complying with the new Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule. Visit our Food Safety Resource

Specialty Crop Risk Management

  Specialty crop farming, with higher value markets and risk-mitigating diversification, offers an attractive option for beginning farmers. With access to crop insurance specialty crop growers and new and beginning farmers can more easily obtain credit to sustain and grow

2019 Pennsylvania Young Farmers Report

  READ THE REPORT   The majority of farm operators are nearing retirement and leaving the field at a time when average farm income has declined by nearly half over the past five years and land prices in many areas

2019 California Young Farmers Report

The 2019 California Young Farmers Report summarizes findings from a statewide survey and listening sessions across California. It offers a deeper understanding of the top challenges and barriers facing California’s young farmers and ranchers, particularly farmers of color. With invaluable

Case Study: Topp Fruits, Paonia, Colorado

  Download Case Study Case Study: Topp Fruits, Paonia, Colorado The western slope of Colorado is known for its peaches, so when Harrison Topp returned to the Rockies after years of farming vegetables in North Carolina, it’s no surprise that

Farmland for Farmers

    Agriculture is an integral part of New York’s economy, culture, and landscape. The state’s 35,500 farms keep over 7 million acres of land in agricultural production, support more than 160,000 jobs, and generate in excess of $39 billion

Young Farmer Agenda

Read the Report   The results of the 2017 Young Farmers Survey informed our agenda for 2018 Farm Bill policy advocacy.  

Conservation Generation

February 2016 | How young farmers and ranchers are essential to tackling water scarcity in the West

Farming is Public Service

June 2015 | A case to add farmers to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Finding Farmland

January 2015 | A farmer's guide to working with land trusts

Farmland Conservation 2.0

October 2013 | How land trusts can protect America's working farms

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