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13 Aug 2014

Student Loan Forgiveness for Farmers?

From Eric Hansen of the National Young Farmers Coalition:

Farmers across the country are responding to the opinion piece in this weekend's New York Times: "Don't Let Your Children Grow Up To Be Farmers." It resonates.

We agree that many growers aren't yet making a living, and we hope that you feel proud to be part of a coalition of farmers and consumers organizing for change.

Author Bren Smith mentions the need for loan forgiveness for college graduates pursuing careers in agriculture. Right now, we're building a campaign to tackle the issue of student debt and we need your help. We are working with Congressional offices to put together legislation that would authorize loan forgiveness for career farmers in the next Higher Education Act and we need stories to illustrate the problem.

If you are struggling with student loan payments while farming, please take this survey and share it widely with your networks. Putting together a bill in Congress is tough and we need your voices.

Please take the survey now!