2016 Fall Legislative Fly-In

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.

NFU to Aid Local Produce Growers and Processors with FSMA Compliance

August 24, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (August 24, 2016) – The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is set to have broad impacts on the farming community, and National Farmers Union (NFU) is now positioned to help ensure produce growers and processors with the information and training they need to … Read More

Stopgap Aid is Not Enough for Strapped U.S. Dairy Farmers, NFU Says

August 23, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (August 23, 2016) – In response to today’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement that it will purchase $20 million worth of dairy products under the authority of Section 32 of the Agriculture Adjustment Act of 1935, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger … Read More

Syngenta/ChemChina Acquisition Approval Fails to Acknowledge Threats to National Security and Trade, NFU Says

August 22, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 22, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (August 22, 2016) – The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) approved the proposed acquisition of Syngenta AG by China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina). In response to today’s decision, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson released the following statement: “Today’s … Read More

Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Wildfire

August 22, 2016Blog

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education Previous posts to NFU’s blog explained that climate change increases the risk of drought. Drought is an enormous obstruction undermining farmers’ ability to ensure increased global food security. Drought also increases the likelihood of another problem for producers: wildfire. USDA’s Northwest Regional Climate Hubs Assessment … Read More

Congress Must Act to Combat the Deteriorating Farm Economy

August 17, 2016Blog

By Zack Clark, government relations representative, National Farmers Union Last week, two major reports were released that further cemented what we already know – oversupply in the marketplace is driving commodity prices further and further downward, and after three years of declining prices, real estate values and credit conditions are beginning to deteriorate. The glut … Read More

Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Extreme Precipitation

August 15, 2016Blog

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education For farmers, rain is generally a good thing. Crops don’t grow without water, and other NFU Climate Column posts discuss the problems farmers do and will encounter getting enough rain and water as climate change progresses. But farmers also know that too much rain all at … Read More

The Farmers Market Miracle on Main Street

August 9, 2016Blog

By Kriss Marion, Circle M Market Farm, Wisconsin Even though I’m one of those first-generation “niche” farmers, I always vowed I’d never do a farmers’ market. I got into farming because I like playing in the dirt and listening to frogs and crickets while I work. My dream revolved around shepherding animals, growing plants, shaping … Read More

NFU Letter to Secretary Vilsack Urges USDA to Provide Immediate Support for Dairy Farmers

August 8, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 8, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (August 8, 2016) –Today, National Farmers Union (NFU) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, requesting much needed relief for U.S. dairy farmers. The letter echoes a request made to USDA late last month by more than 60 Congressional … Read More

Climate Column: Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Drought

August 8, 2016Blog

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education Crops won’t grow without rain, and livestock producers remember the enormous problems experienced with the severe drought in 2012. Drought is frightening for farmers and expensive for consumers. USDA’s Southern Plains Assessment of Vulnerability and Preliminary Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies for Farmers, Ranchers and Forest Land … Read More

USDA Dairy Payments Are ‘An Important First Step,’ NFU Says

August 4, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 4, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (August 4, 2016) – U.S. dairy farmers have been financially stressed by a significant decline in milk prices, and National Farmers Union (NFU) is relieved to see the first significant set of payments by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Margin … Read More

Climate Column: Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Heat Stress on Livestock

August 1, 2016Blog

By Tom Somrack, NFU Government Relations Intern As the previous Climate Column noted, rising temperatures resulting from climate change can have serious repercussions for both crop growers and livestock producers. According to the National Climate Assessment: Climate Change Impacts in the United States, “Summer temperatures are projected to continue rising, and a reduction of soil moisture, which exacerbates heat waves, … Read More

NFU Applauds Congressional Action Requesting Immediate Support for U.S. Dairy Farmers

July 28, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 28, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (July 28, 2016) – As the dairy industry faces significant market and policy setbacks, National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded today’s action by members of Congress requesting immediate support for U.S. dairy farmers. In a letter sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack, 27 … Read More

Climate Column: Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Rising Temperatures

July 25, 2016Blog

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education According to the USDA-led report Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation, “The entire United States is likely to warm substantially over the next 40 years, with an increase of 1° to 2° C over much of the country.” USDA’s Regional … Read More

FWW, NFU Appeal to Foreign Investment Oversight Committee to Block ChemChina/Syngenta Acquisition

July 21, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 21, 2016 Contact: Food & Water Watch: Kate Fried, 202-683-4905, kfried@fwwatch.org National Farmers Union: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106, ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (July 21, 2016) – Given the latest effort in an alarming trend of Chinese government-owned entities acquiring other agriculture companies, Food & Water Watch (FWW) and National Farmers Union (NFU) are urging the Committee … Read More

Climate Column: Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Introduction

July 18, 2016Blog

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education At the 2016 National Farmers Union (NFU) convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, NFU members established that the organization should “lead efforts to help educate family farmers, ranchers and rural communities about how to adapt to the effects of climate change on their respective operations” and “support efforts … Read More

NFU Stands Firm Against Further Market Consolidation in Opposition to Latest Bayer/Monsanto Merger Proposal

July 14, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (July 14, 2016) – The agriculture inputs sector has faced a troubling trend of consolidation and depressed competition. In response to today’s announcement of the latest proposal by Bayer AG to purchase Monsanto Co., National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson issued the following … Read More

NFU Selects Dairy Farmer Members to Emergency Planning Committee to Address Industry Woes

July 14, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (July 14, 2016) – As the U.S. dairy industry continues to face an extended period of low milk prices and challenges associated with cash flow, National Farmers Union (NFU), in conjunction with state Farmers Union divisions, has formed an emergency planning committee to … Read More

NFU Public Comments Strongly Encourage EPA to Increase 2017 RFS Volume Levels

July 7, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 7, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (July 7, 2016) – On behalf of nearly 200,000 family farm and ranch members, National Farmers Union (NFU) submitted public comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today, advocating for the agency to adjust their proposed Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) volume obligations … Read More

NFU Audio: Tom Bryant on the Farmer’s Share

July 7, 2016Audio

Part of educating consumers about how and where their food is produced is helping them to understand the food industry supply chain. NFU Director of Membership Tom Bryant talks about the small share farmers and ranchers receive from every food dollar spent, on average about 17.4-cents, while the rest of the food supply chain accounts … Read More

Family Farmers and Ranchers Receive Less than 20 Percent of 4th of July Food Costs, NFU Infographic Shows

July 1, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 1, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (July 1, 2016) – As consumers gather together to celebrate the July 4th holiday, National Farmers Union (NFU) is making sure family farmers and ranchers are recognized for growing and producing the food served at cookouts and barbecues across the country. In a … Read More

NFU Board Passes Resolutions on Farm Economy, Consolidation in Ag Inputs

June 30, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (June 30, 2016) – National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors convened this week in Healdsburg, Calif., for their annual June board meeting. Two resolutions were passed by the board, prioritizing critical policy issues identified by the organization, the worsening farm economy and … Read More

NFU Announces Largest Participant Class for 2016-17 Beginning Farmers Institute

June 28, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (June 28, 2016) – National Farmers Union (NFU) Beginning Farmers Institute (BFI) was created to empower the success of America’s next generation of farmers, and the NFU Foundation is pleased to announce the largest participant class in the program’s six-year history. Seventeen beginning … Read More

NFU Commends DOL for Extending Grant Program for Senior Citizen Employment Opportunities

June 28, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (June 28, 2016) – A long-time advocate for programs that create opportunities for rural Americans, National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded the recent decision by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to re-open a grant competition that would fund job training and service opportunities … Read More

NFU Pleased by Forward Progress Towards Biotech Labeling Solution

June 23, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (June 23, 2016) – Senate Agriculture Committee leadership today reached a deal on a bill to set national biotech labeling standards. On behalf of nearly 200,000 family farmers and ranchers, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson responded to today’s announcement with the … Read More

Climate, Rural America Most Affected by Waivers Complicating RFS Implementation, NFU Says

June 22, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 22, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org Climate, Rural America Most Affected by Waivers Complicating RFS Implementation, NFU Says WASHINGTON (June 22, 2016) – The divisive issue of implementing the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) was center stage at a hearing today of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and … Read More

NFU Supports Efforts to Ease Regulatory Burden on Landowners Participating in USDA Conservation Programs

June 21, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 20, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (June 20, 2016) – The National Farmers Union (NFU) was pleased by the recent introduction of The Improving Access to Farm Conservation Act of 2016 (H.R. 5451), which would ease burdensome reporting requirements for landowners participating in voluntary U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) … Read More

NFU Celebrates Youth Leadership and Education at 80th All-States Camp

June 21, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 20, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (June 20, 2016) – Farmers Union youth members from across the country will gather in Bailey, Colo. this week to attend the 80th annual National Farmers Union (NFU) All-States Leadership Camp. Hosted each June at the NFU Education Center, All-States Camp encourages youth to … Read More

Labor Shortages in a Challenging Farm Economy

June 15, 2016Blog

By Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-1) As USDA has widely reported and producers are all too aware, commodity prices have been significantly declining recently. Nationally, net farm income has dropped 56 percent in the last three years. While not all agricultural products have experienced such a dramatic drop in price, there are other factors that are creating financial … Read More

Balanced Trade is Best for Family Farmers and Ranchers, NFU Testimony States

June 14, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 14, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (June 14, 2016) – The nearly 200,000 family farmer and rancher-led National Farmers Union (NFU) continued to advocate for fair and balanced trade in official testimony submitted for the record to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade. Today, the subcommittee held … Read More

NFU Urges Military Biofuels Exemption to Be Removed from Defense Spending Bill

June 14, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 14, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (June 14, 2016) – Repeated attempts to undermine the national security benefits of advanced biofuels through previous defense spending bills have been unsuccessful. As House lawmakers meet today to debate the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for FY 2017, National Farmers Union (NFU) … Read More

The National Organic Program: Protecting the Integrity of Organic Agriculture

June 7, 2016Blog

By Miles V. McEvoy, Deputy Administrator, National Organic Program The National Organic Program (NOP), a regulatory program housed in the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), oversees organic farmers and businesses to make sure that organic food is produced with organic methods. In April, AMS released data showing the organic industry is now made up of … Read More

NFU Thanks USDA for Cotton Ginning Cost-Share Solutions for Producers

June 6, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 6, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (June 6, 2016) – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) would provide an estimated $300 million in cost-share assistance payments to cotton producers. In response to the new Cotton Ginning Cost-Share program, … Read More

NFU Recognizes Family Farms in Celebration of National Dairy Month

June 2, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 2, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (June 2, 2016) – For more than 75 years, milk and dairy products have been promoted every June in celebration of National Dairy Month. As consumers indulge in their favorite dairy products this month, National Farmers Union (NFU) is taking a step back … Read More

Farm Safety Education Should Reach Beyond the Farm Gate

June 1, 2016Blog

By Roger Johnson, president, National Farmers Union Nearly 500 farm work-related deaths occur annually, according to a 2013 study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). As farmers and ranchers are more active on and around their operations this time of year, National Farmers Union (NFU) is raising awareness about farm safety issues and … Read More

AAI, FWW and NFU Urge the U.S. Department of Justice to Challenge the Dow-DuPont Merger

May 31, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2016 Contact: American Antitrust Institute: Sarah Frey, 410-897-7028, sfrey@antitrustinstitute.org Food & Water Watch: Kate Fried, 202-683-4905, kfried@fwwatch.org National Farmers Union: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106, ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (May 31, 2016) – In a letter sent today to the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Renata Hesse, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI), Food & Water Watch (FWW) … Read More

NFU Defends Family Farmers and Ranchers in a Statement to the Senate Ag Committee

May 26, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 26, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (May 26, 2016) – The Senate Agriculture Committee today convened a hearing to discuss opportunities and challenges in the livestock and poultry sectors, and National Farmers Union (NFU) encouraged Senators on the panel to hear from cow-calf producers as they grapple with the … Read More

NFU Pleased by Absence of GIPSA and Organic Livestock Riders in Senate Appropriations Bill, Disappointed by More Conservation Cuts

May 19, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (May 19, 2016) – The Senate Appropriations Committee today marked up the fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill, and National Farmers Union (NFU) was pleased to see controversial provisions excluded from the bill. The organization, representing nearly 200,000 family farmers and ranchers, applauded the … Read More

Senate Ag Hearing on Farm Credit Lends Discussion on Critical Issue

May 19, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (May 19, 2016) – The Senate Agriculture Committee today examined the current state of affairs at a hearing about the Farm Credit System (FCS) and the farm sector’s credit outlook. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson applauded committee members for making this issue … Read More

USITC Report Predicts Increase in Trade Deficit, Modest Gains Overall From TPP

May 19, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (May 18, 2016) – The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today released their economic assessment of the widely contested Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, predicting modest gains for the overall economy despite an increase in the United States’ already massive trade deficit. National … Read More

NFU Statement on Proposed RFS Volume Targets

May 18, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (May 18, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed today its Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVO) for 2017 at 18.8 billion gallons, which fall more than 5 billion gallons below the statutory volume levels set by Congress. Pointing … Read More

Senate Appropriators Consider Blocking Organic Livestock and Poultry Proposed Rule

May 16, 2016Blog

By Barbara Patterson, government relations representative, National Farmers Union This week, the Senate Appropriations committee will take up consideration of the Agriculture Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017. Just as in every year in recent memory, National Farmers Union is working to defeat legislative riders. Riders are a tool that appropriators use to block funds … Read More

NFU Commends Sen. Grassley’s Reintroduction of Legislation Banning Packer Ownership of Livestock

May 11, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (May 11, 2016) – A staunch advocate for more competition in agriculture, National Farmers Union (NFU) released the following statement commending U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for reintroducing legislation to ban packer ownership of livestock: “The livestock market today is heavily concentrated among … Read More

FOIA and the Agricultural Checkoff Programs

May 3, 2016Blog

By Barbara Patterson, government relations representative, National Farmers Union Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which once again included the controversial GIPSA rider, a provision that proactively limits farmers’ basic rights and protections. Accompanying this bill was report language (this is guidance on the bill, but it … Read More

NFU Pleased by White House Efforts to Improve Competition in U.S. Industries

April 22, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 22, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (April 22, 2016) – Several industries have been on a decades-long trajectory towards increased market concentration, according to a recent report from the Council of Economic Advisers. Last week, the White House expanded their efforts by issuing an Executive Order, requesting that government agencies recommend … Read More

Earth Day Should Inspire Strengthened Focus on Climate Change, NFU Says  

April 22, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 22, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (April 22, 2016) – Climate change is a shared problem that requires a collaborative solution, and the National Farmers Union (NFU) is commending the continued progress towards environmental sustainability in observance of Earth Day. “From farms and rural communities to urban centers across … Read More

Earth Day 2016: Through the Eyes of an Orchardist

April 22, 2016Blog

By Harrison Topp, Membership Director, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union When people ask what I grow, my first response is usually trees. Really, I’m an orchardist who produces stone-fruits, predominantly cherries and plums. But I have the closest relationship with my trees and with the ecosystem around them. From the “understory,” to the canopy, to the … Read More

NFU Audio: Barbara Patterson on House Appropriations GIPSA Rider

April 19, 2016Audio

NFU Government Relations Representative Barbara Patterson talks about NFU’s objection to the House Appropriations Committee GIPSA rider that proactively limits farmers’ basic rights and protections. Read more about the subject on this NFU release: NFU Appalled by Latest GIPSA Attack