Lindsey Lusher Shute

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

Farm Bill

Will this Farm Bill do enough for young farmers?

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.

Farm Bill

Whippersnappers unite: Young farmers work to change 2012 Farm Bill

A group of young farmers visiting Sen. Olympia Snowe’s office in Maine.Across the U.S., young people are heeding the call for a more just, sustainable, and healthy food system, and are heading to the fields …

Seed money

How the next farm bill could plant a new crop of farmers

Microloans could encourage young people to become farmers.Photo: Chewonki Semester SchoolUSDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recently called for 100,000 new farmers — a recognition that the U.S. farm population is aging rapidly. To create a revitalized, …

The age tractor

Young farmers need help from the USDA — and the next Farm Bill

The U.S. needs more new farmers, and the USDA says it wants to encourage them. But as the stories of several young farmers show, money and help aren't easy to get.

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