48 episodes

The internet is flooded with food photos, recipes and diet advice, partisan news, and farmer-inspired fashion, but who is listening to the farmers themselves? Farmers grow your food and manage nearly half of all land on Earth. It's time to pay attention to the policies, programs, and events that are shaping the future of agriculture.

Our host, Lindsey Lusher Shute, co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition, provides a fresh, farmer-centric take on food and farm policy. We talk with policy makers, experts and advocates, and, of course, farmers, about the most critical issues facing farming in the U.S. and globally.

Edited by Hannah Beal and recorded at Radio Kingston.

Young Farmers Podcast National Young Farmers Coalition

    • Government
    • 4.9, 71 Ratings

The internet is flooded with food photos, recipes and diet advice, partisan news, and farmer-inspired fashion, but who is listening to the farmers themselves? Farmers grow your food and manage nearly half of all land on Earth. It's time to pay attention to the policies, programs, and events that are shaping the future of agriculture.

Our host, Lindsey Lusher Shute, co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition, provides a fresh, farmer-centric take on food and farm policy. We talk with policy makers, experts and advocates, and, of course, farmers, about the most critical issues facing farming in the U.S. and globally.

Edited by Hannah Beal and recorded at Radio Kingston.

    Looking Back on a Decade of Young Farmers

    Looking Back on a Decade of Young Farmers

    We turn the mic on Lindsey this week for the finale episode of our first season of the Young Farmers Podcast. The National Young Farmers Coalition's Sophie Ackoff, VP of Policy and Campaigns, and Holly Rippon-Butler, Land Access Program Director, join Lindsey in the studio to talk about the early years of the Coalition, big wins, favorite memories, and what's next.

    • 35 min
    Hemp, CBD, and the U.S. Green Rush

    Hemp, CBD, and the U.S. Green Rush

    Hemp is no longer just for Canadian cereal companies and scratchy beige t-shirts. This low-THC strain of cannabis, think of it as the well behaved fraternal twin to marijuana, is as of the 2018 Farm Bill a legal crop in all 50 states. And the hemp hype is real, mostly because of CBD, a hemp extract that's popping up in everything from $8 cans of seltzer, to medicinal tinctures, and even Carl's Jr hamburgers. But if there's such huge consumer demand for hemp, and it doesn't even get you high, why was the crop criminalized in the first place? And now that it's legal, what does this mean for farmers across the country who want to start growing it?

    Jessica Manly talks with Michael "Mr. Hemp" Bowman and Ben Banks-Dobson of Hudson Hemp and Old Mud Creek Farm.

    • 20 min
    Karen Washington on NYC Food Security and Lifting Up a New Generation of Black and Brown Farmers

    Karen Washington on NYC Food Security and Lifting Up a New Generation of Black and Brown Farmers

    Karen Washington is one of the most influential food and farming activists of our time. From starting the Garden of Happiness in the Bronx, Black Urban Growers, and now Rise and Root Farm, Karen is modeling a new food system based on equity, social capital, and health.

    New York State has over 57,000 farmers, and less than 200 of them are people of color, and this disparity holds true in every state across the country. Karen challenges Governor Cuomo to meet with black and brown farmers to talk about the policies and programs needed to support their success in agriculture.

    • 35 min
    Who Owns U.S. Farmland?

    Who Owns U.S. Farmland?

    The biggest problem faced by farmers across the country is access to land. Who owns it, who rents it—it all has a big impact on the kind of food we grow and who has economic opportunity in rural communities.

    Young Farmers' Land Access Program Director, Holly Rippon-Butler, sits down with Megan Horst, professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University, to talk about who owns U.S. farmland, and whether or not this is shifting.

    • 19 min
    Looking to 2020: Climate Action, the Farm Crisis, and Politics in Rural America

    Looking to 2020: Climate Action, the Farm Crisis, and Politics in Rural America

    Lindsey speaks with Matt Russell, an Iowa farmer and executive director of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, an organization that brings people of all faiths together in conversation about critical issues, like climate change and the future of rural America. Matt sees an opportunity for farmers to be on the forefront of climate innovation and mitigation, and being in Iowa, he's in a great place to influence policy and the 2020 presidential debates-he's already influencing them, in fact, as co-author of recent New York Times Opinion piece, "What Democrats Need to Know to Win in Rural America."

    • 27 min
    "Growing Pennsylvania's Future" with Karen Gardner

    "Growing Pennsylvania's Future" with Karen Gardner

    "We need to understand the challenges young farmers are facing regionally in order to create solutions." Lindsey checks in with Karen Gardner, National Young Farmers Coalition's Pennsylvania Policy Associate, about what she's hearing from beginning farmers in PA, and the upcoming Pennsylvania Young Farmers Report, "Growing Pennsylvania’s Future: Challenges Facing Young Farmers and Recommendations to Address Them." Join the #morefarmers movement at youngfarmes.org/join. *The Pennsylvania Young Farmers Report hits the internet later this month!*

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

NightfallFarm ,

Farmers and eaters, tune in!

I’m loving this podcast. I’m a young farmer in Indiana, and this podcast makes me feel connected to what’s happening nationally. Can’t wait for more episodes.

Cchi88 ,

Everyone should listen to this podcast

I became interested in farming and policy through my climate activism and this podcast has been SO amazing to listen to while I'm trying to understand what the agricultural community is going through and the type of policies we need to be shaping. I have no relationship to rural America and this podcast has made me feel so connected to these communities. Those of us who live in urban areas should be much more involved in how our food is produced. We all eat! Thank you for what you do—I hope this podcast contiues!!

Walker Orr ,

Food Discourse with a Human Touch

I am a college student considering a career in agronomy/soil science. I love this podcast's treatment of issues in food and agriculture: it's very 'human,' presented in everyday language, and I think fundamentally optimistic, even in its coverage of very difficult topics. We need more media like this!

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