Rural economies have often depended on natural resource industries, from agriculture to forestry. But today, we need to find ways to overcome challenges and expand the players, do new opportunities in forestry, increased young farmers and activities like agritourism offer ways to grow these industries? How can states be involved?
With a background in organizing and state policy, Lindsey Shute co-founded the National Young Farmers Coalition as a platform for young farmers to have a meaningful influence on the structural obstacles in the way of their success. She speaks across the nation to get farmers and consumers engaged in policy for family farms. In 2014, she was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House.