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Congressman Ryan Costello

Representing the 6th District of Pennsylvania

Young Farmers Coalition of Southeastern Pennsylvania Thanks Rep. Costello for Bill to Support Young Farmers

March 28, 2018
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The Young Farmers Coalition of Southeastern Pennsylvania recently thanked Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) for legislation he helped introduce to support young farmers. The Young and Beginning Farmers Act would help farmers who are just starting out with access to land and grants, as well as help with local food systems.
 
The legislation would expedite the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s loan application process for young farmers who are in the process of securing farmland, provide funding for the farmers’ market promotion and local food promotion program, and extend the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), which awards grants to organizations for education and mentoring purposes through a competitive grant process.

Rep. Costello visits Seven Stars Farm in Chester County

Rep. Costello visits Seven Stars Farm in Chester County

“I care a great deal about supporting the next generation of farmers, and this legislation is a smart investment in Pennsylvania’s young farmers and our local economy. The success and future of our farm communities depends on these farmers having the necessary resources and opportunity to thrive and succeed,” said Rep. Costello.  “In Pennsylvania, farming is an important part of our economy and heritage, and I’m proud to support the over 1,800 farms in my district.”

"Without support and legislation like this, we risk losing our nation's future farms and farmers. 100 million acres of U.S. farmland is expected to change ownership in the next five years. We need to be able to connect young farmers to the land and provide the resources to help make farming a viable option for the next generation. The Young and Beginning Farmers Act is critical to reaching these goals and reconnecting people to a food system built around the sustainable principles that drive our access to healthy food,” said Frank Kurylo, Chapter Organizer at Young Farmers Coalition of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Co-Owner, Kimberton CSA.

Click here to read the letter. The text is also available below.

Dear Representative Costello, 

On behalf of the Young Farmers Coalition of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Young Farmers of SEPA), we would like to thank you for introducing the Young and Beginning Farmers Act (H.R. 4201). This legislation is vital to the success of young farmers and ranchers in our region and around the country as it addresses three critical barriers facing the next generation of producers: lack of access to affordable farmland, difficulty reaching federal farm bill programs, and finding opportunities for training, mentorship, and business development. 

The Young Farmers of SEPA is a regional chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) that focuses on the needs of farmers and ranchers in the area. Our chapter thrives to create a space for young and beginning farmers to connect, mobilize, share ideas, and build community. We host potlucks and mixers, collaborate with other farms and organizations, and hold regular meetings to further our agenda. 

Back in April of 2016, you met with two of our chapter members, Frank Kurylo and Kim Cook, at Two Gander Farm in Downingtown, PA. We were able to discuss the importance of local sustainable food systems in our communities and the urgent need for young people to pursue a career in agriculture. Thank you for taking the time to meet with us and for translating that discussion into concrete legislative action by championing the Young and Beginning Farmers Act. 

As Congress continues its work on the next farm bill, we look forward to working with you to ensure that the priorities outlined in H.R. 4201 are included in the final legislation. We urge you to work with your colleagues to add co-sponsors to your bill and build support for young farmers across all titles of the farm bill. 

Thank you again for your time and support of young and beginning farmers and ranchers.

Sincerely, 

Members of The Young Farmers Coalition of Southeastern Pennsylvania 

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