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Lindsey Lusher Shute, EP '07, published in Grist, "Will this farm bill do enough for young farmers?"

Lindsey Lusher Shute, CEP '07 alumna, is the director of the National Young Farmers’ Coalition and is the co-owner of Hearty Roots Community Farm in Tivoli, New York.

She recently published an article in Grist entitled, Will this farm bill do enough for young farmers?

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"By the time the next Farm Bill expires in five years, 125,000 American farmers will have retired. This fact may well be the biggest threat to national food security, but you wouldn’t know it if you’ve been following this year’s Farm Bill hearings.

Instead, the conversation is about “managing risk” for the Big Five commodity crops (i.e. crop insurance, subsidies, and margins for large agricultural interests) and not about the challenges to our food system as a whole. The recent House Committee on Agriculture’s Farm Bill “Field Hearings” were dominated by established farmers, with little if any time for new farmers to talk about their needs. Here in New York’s Hudson Valley, a group of beginning farmers considered a trip to the Saranac Lake to participate in one of these hearings, but decided against it when we learned that there would be no time to add our experiences to the chosen panelists. Beginning farmers like us didn’t fare much better in similar Senate hearings."

Read the article on the
CEP blog.

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This event was last updated on 05-10-2012