NFU Adult Education Programs
Education is the foundation for preparing citizens to engage in making a difference in their communities, their state, their nation and their world. In addition to our highly successful youth program, Farmers Union provides learning opportunities for adults.
NFU Beginning Farmer Institute
NFU’s focus for this national program is to develop and encourage agriculture leaders from all backgrounds. Our new nationally focused program provides an opportunity for beginning farmers to acquire leadership and farm management skills. It concentrates on building confidence in beginning farmers and farm couples, and additionally encourages them to learn, and apply leadership abilities to become actively involved in community organizations. Farmers Union employs educational sessions, business tools and professional speakers in a structured setting, yet avoids the simple "classroom" workshop feel to achieve this goal. Our training includes on-farm experiences and tours of cooperatives. Applications for the 2015 Beginning Farmer Institute class will be posted soon.
Farmers Union Fly-Ins
Legislative Fly-Ins to Washington, D.C., allow rural Americans to explain the challenges facing the nation’s heartland. We invite you to join us in this important, grassroots advocacy effort.
International Outreach Opportunity
At both the state and national level, Farmers Union leaders have a rich history in working with like-minded groups overseas. In collaboration with the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) and the CNFA, National Farmers Union sends leaders to Africa and other locations around the world.
Energy and Climate Outreach and Education
Speakers are available to participate in panels or speak individually on topics ranging from renewable fuels, wind-generated electricity, wind energy development in communities, climate change, and policy issues related to these topics.
NFU holds an annual conference aimed at providing women farmers the resources they need to enhance their knowledge of their family farm operation and learn the value of leadership in rural communities and cooperatives.
The 2016 Women's Conference will be held in Clearwater Beach, Fla., on January 23-27, 2016.