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About Our Farmers (And Our Young Farmers)

Young Farmers Find Huge Obstacles to Getting Started,  (Isolde Raftery, The New York Times, November 2, 2011

Understanding the Farm Bill: Who Is the Average Family Farmer? (Ann Butkowski, 2011)

Watch and Pass It On: Who Will Grow Food for Future Generations? (NSAC, September 2, 2011). NSAC will be joining members of Congress and other farm groups in introducing a new Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act.  This is an extraordinary opportunity to break down barriers to entry and give real support to aspiring farmers across this nation.  Watch the video posted on the site, pass it on, and sign up to take action!

Cultivating the Next Generation of Farmers (Stacey Slate, Civil Eats, March 23rd, 2011) At the University of Vermont, a farmer apprenticeship program that encourages graduates to create and maintain sustainable farms and food businesses has been met with overwhelming enthusiasm.

In New Food Culture, a Young Generation of Farmers Emerges (Isolde  Raftery, NY Times, March 6, 2011) Features Oregon farmers.

Choices Magazine edition highlights Beginning Farmers & Ranchers (Dawn Thilmany McFadden and Suresh Sureshwaran, July, 2011)

About Our Ranchers

Who’s Behind the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance and Why It Matters (Ann Lappé, Civil Eats, September 23, 2011)

National Farmers Union wants livestock title to remain in Farm Bill (NFU President Roger Johnson, August 18, 2011)

How the meat industry turned abuse into a business model (Tom Philpott, Grist, June 29, 2011)

Ranchers Struggle Against Giant Meatpackers and Economic Troubles (Stephanie Ogburn, Grist, April. 2011)

Big Beef with Some in Congress (Eleanor Starmer, SF Gate, May 23, 2011)

Push to Eat Local Food Is Hampered by Shortage (Katie Zezima, NY Times, March 27, 2010) Lack of slaughterhouse facilities hampers small farmers.

Farmers’ Markets

Community Building Through Farmers’ Markets, a radio story by UW Bothell student Brian Mar. (mp3, 10:10 min, 18.7 mb)

National Organizations Working on Farm and Food Policy

Who’s Who on the House and Senate Agriculture Committees

More about Members of the Super Committee

Groups Around Puget Sound

The Food Chain: Articles in this NY Times series examined the growing demands on, and changes in, the world’s production of food. Much of the information is applicable in 2011.

A New, Global Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly Calories (Keith Bradsher, January, 2008)  Demand for biofuels has created tension between using land to produce fuel and using it for food.

A Global Need for Grain That Farms Can’t Fill (David Streitfeld, March 9, 2008)  When much of the country is contemplating recession, farmers are flourishing because of runaway demand.

As Prices Rise, Farmers Spurn Conservation Program (David Streitfeld, April 9, 2008)  Farmers are taking their fields out of a government conservation program that pays them not to cultivate.

A Drought in Australia, a Global Shortage of Rice (Keith Bradsher, April 17, 2008)  The collapse of Australia’s rice production may foretell some of the effects of global warming on agriculture.

Price Volatility Adds to Worry on U.S. Farms (Diana B. Henriques, April 22, 2008)   Wild swings in crop futures are damaging mechanisms that are supposed to cushion the jolts of farming.

Environmental Cost of Shipping Groceries Around the World (Elisabeth Rosenthal, April 26, 2008)   Never has food moved around the world at the speed or in the amounts it has over the last few years. Now, many say it is time to make shippers and shoppers pay for the resulting pollution.

Shortages Threaten Farmers’ Key Tool: Fertilizer (Keith Bradsher and Andrew Martin, April 30, 2008)  Shrinking grain stocks and an increasing appetite for meat have collided with a shortage of fertilizer.

World’s Poor Pay Price as Crop Research Is Cut (Keith Bradsher and Andrew Martin, May 18, 2008)  Agricultural research is reduced even as the growth of the global food supply slows and the population increases.

Food Is Gold, So Billions Invested in Farming (Diana B. Henriques,  June 5, 2008)  Some private investors are starting to make long-term bets that the world’s need for food will increase.

Worries Mount as Farmers Push for Big Harvest (David Streitfeld and Keith Bradsher, June 10, 2008)   As the world clamors for more corn, wheat, soybeans and rice, farmers are trying to meet the challenge.

In Fertile India, Growth Outstrips Agriculture (Somini Sengupta, June 22, 2008)  India’s supply of arable land is second only to that of the U.S., but it must buy some foods on international markets, exacerbating a global food crisis.

Hoarding Nations Drive Food Costs Ever Higher (Keith Bradsher and Andrew Martin, June 30, 2008)   After at least 29 countries sharply curbed their food exports, impoverished importing countries are finding it more difficult to afford the food they need.

As Price of Grain Rises, Catfish Farms Dry Up (David Streitfeld, July 18, 2008)  Unable to cope with feed costs, southern catfish farmers are draining their ponds and wondering what comes next.

Mideast Facing Choice Between Crops and Water (Andrew Martin, July 21, 2008)   Amid global food shortages, the region is choosing between growing more crops or preserving a scant supply of water.

Darfur Withers as Sudan Sells Food (Jeffrey Gettleman, August 10, 2008)  Sudan is capitalizing on high global food prices at a time when millions there barely have enough to eat.

Russia’s Collective Farms: Hot Capitalist Property (Andrew E. Kramer, August 31, 2008)  As food prices soar, the improbable business of buying and reforming collective farms has attracted financiers.

Drought Resistance Is the Goal, but Methods Differ (Andrew Pollack,  October 23, 2008)   Scientists are trying to create varieties of corn, wheat and other crops that can thrive with little water.

To Counter Problems of Food Aid, Try Spuds (Elisabeth Rosenthal,  October 26, 2008)  Food scientists are proposing a novel solution for the global food crisis: Let them eat potatoes.

Fields of Grains and Losses (David Streitfeld, November 21, 2008)  Hard times are back on the American farmstead, as the price paid for crops is dropping much faster than the cost of growing them.

Northwest Farm Bill Action Group • • 2011
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