Farm Aid 2017

Happy New Year!
With the frenzy of the holiday season behind us and snowy weather upon us, we’ve had some time to reflect upon Farm Aid’s 2016 accomplishments and the work ahead in 2017. We’re grateful that you rely on us to keep you informed about —  and activated in — our farm and food system.
Looking ahead
An incoming president and soon-to-be-announced (we hope!) Secretary of Agriculture are sure to shake up U.S. agriculture in 2017 and beyond. As farmers continue to struggle in a very difficult farm economy, Congress will gear up to shape a new Farm Bill. This year, we’ll be tuning into that and several other issues, including:

As always, Farm Aid will continue to engage you in opportunities to challenge the corporate power that has a stranglehold over our food and farm system, and opportunities to advance a more just agriculture that benefits everyone.

Farmer Hero, Alvina Maynard, of River Hill Ranch in Richmond, KY

Do you know someone who should be recognized as a
Farmer Hero? 
Over the past ten years, Farm Aid has highlighted the work of dozens of Farmer Heroes all over the country. They have shown us everything from how their practices protect our soil and water while slowing climate change, to how they grow local economies and strengthen their communities. We’ve featured everyone from a farmer growing vegetables on Chicago rooftops, to Iowa farmers organizing against factory farms and a North Carolina poultry farmer fighting corporate power. Their innovative approaches to growing and raising good food inspire us as we build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America.

We know our community is filled with people who have meaningful connections with farmers. We’d love to hear about a farmer you know who deserves to be celebrated. 

Our accomplishments in 2016

Thanks for being a partner in the work to grow a family farm food system! From connecting farmers with policymakers through our Farmer Leadership Grants, to creating a Farm to School Rocks guide to inspire engagement in the budding Farm to School movement, to our incredible Bristow, Virginia, concert, we had a meaningful year here at Farm Aid.

Here’s a look back. In 2016 we:

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