The recently introduced Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act aims to improve financing and land ownership opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers. It would improve on existing USDA programs and include a program for training beginning farmers and ranchers.
Minnesota’s Tim Walz - who introduced the bill in the House - says ensuring the next generation of American farmers is able to provide the world with a safe, abundant supply of food should be a top priority. He says that requires providing youth with the training and tools they need to seize opportunity and take up farms of their own.
The bill was introduced in the Senate by Iowa’s Tom Harkin.