Bringing Youth Back to the Farm in Rural America

The Breakfast Club teaches youth how to raise hogs, making the knowledge accessible to those who don’t necessarily come from a farming family, and helping first-generation farmers pursue a career in agriculture.

Extending the Agriculture Workforce Development Program: Colorado’s Bold Move to Secure the Future of Farming

Governor Jared Polis aims to boost Colorado’s agriculture sector by extending the Agriculture Workforce Development Program.

Cultivating Resilient Farms and Communities: How Practical Farmers of Iowa Is Diversifying the Agricultural Landscape

Practical Farmers of Iowa is working to build resilient farms and communities by diversifying the state’s agriculture landscape.

You Can’t Improve What You Don’t Measure: The Data Shaping U.S. Food Systems

Data from the USDA’s Census of Agriculture influences decisions that will shape the future of food and farming systems in the United States.

What Will Be the Legacy of Today’s Young Farmer Advocates?

Young farmer are advocating for changes that will allow them to develop resilient regional food systems that benefit people and the land.

With a Guaranteed Market for their Hogs, Farmers Don’t Need to “Get Big or Get Out”

When fifth generation farmer Joe Mickelson transitioned to small-scale diversification, he discovered that raising pigs in the open air was a new—and much more enjoyable—experience. 

New Survey Finds Young Farmers Are Motivated by Environmental Conservation and Social Justice

Despite facing systemic challenges, young farmers are pushing to steward the land responsibly.

Complete the National Young Farmer Survey and Help Build a Better Farming Future

Data from the 2022 National Young Farmer Survey will inform advocacy efforts to build more equitable farm systems.

Being a Good Farmer and Neighbor With Niman Ranch

Through sustainable practices, Niman Ranch Farmers Cody and Morgan Wickerham are farming for a better food system for today and the future.

Kathleen Merrigan on Food and Farming in U.S. and the Future of the Country’s Agricultural System

Kathleen Merrigan, Director of the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, talks about the need to support rural communities, young farmers, and the future of the U.S. Department of Agriculture under a new administration.

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