02-22-18 Colorado farmers keep pressure on State Senate to support farm internships

Colorado farmers keep pressure on State Senate to support farm internships

Colorado’s Agricultural Workforce Development bill—spearheaded by NYFC—passed through the Senate Agriculture Committee this month and is headed to the Appropriations Committee.

The bill would support training opportunities for young and beginning farmers and ranchers in Colorado by providing incentives to agricultural businesses to hire interns.

“If we want to ensure the survival of our farms and ranches in Colorado, it is up to us to develop programs that will train and educate our next generation of agriculturists.”
—Tyler Hoyt, farmer and board member of the Four Corners Farmers and Ranchers Coalition, in a Durango Herald op-ed

Last week, NYFC farmers from across Colorado gathered at the state capitol to meet with their legislators and build support for the new bill. Stay tuned as the bill moves forward!

There are so many events coming up this month that rather than put them all here, we’re sending you to our events page for the full listing. February and March offer produce safety workshops in Oregon and Washington; a crop mob in West Virginia; film screenings in Wisconsin; potlucks, parties, and farmer meetups in Louisiana, New York, and Indiana; and many more gatherings, workshops, and conferences.


The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) is an advocacy network of farmers fighting for the future of agriculture. Visit NYFC on the web at www.youngfarmers.org, and on TwitterFacebookYouTube and Instagram.

Submitted to The BARN by:

Lindsey Lusher Shute
Executive Director & Co-founder