Support Land Access for Young and BIPOC Farmers

Support Land Access for Young and BIPOC Farmers

Farm consolidation, along with high commodity prices and low interest rates, have created enormous competition for farmland and pressure to sell it for older farmers. Forty percent of US farmland is rented, and with the price of rental and land so high, deep-pocketed investors are increasingly the largest owners of farmland. This situation is exceptionally bad for young, beginning, and BIPOC farmers who do not typically have the capital to be competitive. 

Maintaining a diverse Wisconsin farm population – in farm size, production, and farmers themselves – is an essential element of preventing the conversion of all our farmland to huge conventionally–managed, low-diversity, megafarms. Providing direct assistance to farmers disadvantaged by this market while building support networks between them creates a more resilient and regenerative food system.