graph of farmers agesThe National Young Farmers' Coalition has been formed to help young people get started in farming. "Without another generation of farmers, who will feed us?" the organization asks in its publicity materials. "In the U.S. today, for each farmer under 35, there are six over 65. One-quarter of these farmers are expected to retire in the next 20 years and two-thirds have no successors."
The NYFC offers peer-to-peer skill sharing, community, and networking, and policy advocacy. To guide its policy platform, the organization asks young farmers to take a 5-minute survey about the obstacles they encounter and the programs that would benefit them the most.