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Helping Dairy Farms Plan for the Future

Episode: 380

‘No farms, no food,’ is a slogan American Farmland Trust (AFT) popularized to describe the importance of its farmland conservation programs. Its newest program that speaks to that mission is Farmer Batch, a collaboration with Greek yogurt maker Chobani. Based on a portion of sales from special Farmer Batch yogurts, AFT will offer grants to struggling dairy farmers to help them manage farm transitions, work on business planning, and more. In this episode, host Lisa Held talks to AFT vice president of programs David Haight about how the grants will work, why he thinks they can help farmers stay on their land, and why Chobani is engaging in charity for farmers rather than paying them more for their milk.

The Farm Report is a Heritage Radio Network show, recorded live on Full Service Radio at the LINE Hotel in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.

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Episode 5: Land Access Now!

Episode 5: Land Access Now!

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Access to land is the number one challenge facing the next generation of farmers in the US. Centuries of discrimination and land theft have put this resource out of reach of farmers who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Everyday in the US we lose 2,000 acres of viable farmland to development. With millions of acres on the verge of ...
Episode 4: What’s the Future of Urban Agriculture?

Episode 4: What’s the Future of Urban Agriculture?

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Despite an increasing number of farmers growing food in cities urban agriculture wasn't acknowledged in the farm bill until 2018. Lisa Held, journalist with Civil Eats and former Farm Report host provides the scoop on how the Farm Bill will impact the future of urban ag. Melissa Metrick and Wythe Marschall, co-hosts of HRN's Fields ...
Episode 3: Linking Farms and Food Access

Episode 3: Linking Farms and Food Access

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The nutrition title was first included in the 1973 farm bill. It's projected to make up 84% of total Farm Bill spending, with most of the funds going to SNAP. That's because the program helps more than 40 million low-income individuals provide food for their families each month. Some of those people are farmers. In this episode, we talk to ...
Episode 2: Climate and Water Action for the Next Generation

Episode 2: Climate and Water Action for the Next Generation

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Episode 1: Why the Farm Bill Matters

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Why should our next generation of farmers - and just about everyone who eats - care about the farm bill? Celize Christy, an Organizer at HEAL Food Alliance explains the basic details on what's in the legislation, how it gets written, and how it impacts you. Then, Young Farmers' Policy Campaigns Co-Director Vanessa Garcia Polanco lays out the ...
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