The National Young Farmers Coalition is focused on supporting America’s next generation of farmers and ranchers. We use “young farmers” to include all people who are kicking off a career in agriculture, typically in their first 10 years of growing. That includes anyone from a first-year farm apprentice to someone pursuing a mid-life career change to agriculture. The U.S. can use as many new farmers as we can get!
We use the term “young” to grab the attention of our policymakers. When young people band together to fight for policies that support them, Washington responds. Many of the most successful social movements in history were in part driven by young people, and the food movement is no exception. Some of our affiliate groups prefer “beginning” over “young,” but we see the two as nearly synonymous; whether you’re actually young or young at heart, Young Farmers is right for you!
As a diverse and dynamic coalition, the Coalition is composed not only of young farmers, but also of established farmers, farm service providers, good food advocates, and conscious consumers. Everyone has a stake in the future of agriculture in this country, and we’re excited for you to join us in tackling the barriers beginning farmers face in establishing their farm businesses.
Our chapters are farmer-led groups that facilitate friendships and business partnerships. They’re the heart of our grassroots network, offering an advocacy platform for tackling barriers on the local, state, and national level.
Find your local chapter using our chapter map and connect with young farmers in your area!
The National Young Farmers Coalition is member-based and farmer-driven. When you become a member you join our growing network of farmers, ranchers, and supporters fighting for the future of U.S. agriculture. Your membership helps us represent, mobilize, and engage young farmers across the country and amplify our voices in D.C. and state capitols.
Plus, members receive exclusive discounts on farm supplies, gear, and seeds from 20+ companies.
It may take up to three business days to process your membership. Once processed, you will receive an email invitation to create a login to our Member Dashboard. Your discount codes are available there!
No. We serve all farmers regardless of practices. We strive to be as inclusive as possible. Some of our farmers are certified organic. Some use organic practices but are not certified. Some of our members are conventional farmers. Some are Certified Naturally Grown or Animal Welfare Approved. Some follow sustainable and regenerative practices and have no certification at all.
We do not post outside jobs to our website or social media. Please reach out directly to local Young Farmers’ chapters! Other platforms for publicizing job opportunities can be found here.
Alternatively, you may consider becoming a member today to gain access our members-only land and jobs forum. We do also have a short list of farm training programs and institutes here; if your opportunity fits among these, please let us know.
We do not advertise land listings through our website or emails. If you become a Young Farmers’ member, however, you will gain access to our members-only forum and be able to connect with other members about land and job opportunities.
Young Farmers recently published a new guidebook to FSA loans. These federal loans can be low-interest and have some special set-asides for beginning farmers. Microloans, which are for $50K or less, have less application paperwork than traditional FSA loans.
Also check out our Credit and Capital page, which includes information on nonprofit lenders and crowd sourcing.
Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to work with students on research projects. We do work with students to intern for Young Farmers for credit from their university. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in an internship.
We work to provide young farmers with guidance and resources to address their key challenges. Sometimes these challenges become legal matters. Our organization does not provide legal services or advice–please contact legal counsel with any legal matters. If you require pro bono legal support, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of resources.