Less than a week after the launch of the national coalition of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal, Beth Hoffman, a coalition member, sent us a video, with a little straight talk straight from a farmer.
“I think America has to make some decisions about farmers and farming, and making them viable . . . How we’re going to support people on the land is a critical question right now.”
Hoffman and her partner, John Hogeland, are taking over her family’s Iowa farm, Whippoorwill Creek Farm.
As Hoffman has written before, it’s not easy for beginning farmers, especially those who want to transition to organic regenerative practices, to make a living:
But farming - even in a place like Iowa - is a profession that doesn’t pay. Not “doesn’t pay” like teachers should be paid more or cooks make so much less than waiters. No, farming at small scale like we are talking about doing on the farm literally does not make any money. In fact, farmers often pay to farm.
A Green New Deal, with transformational ag policy reforms, could change things for farmers like Hoffman.