NFU Commends Sen. Stabenow for Championing Support for Urban Agriculture 

September 26, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 26, 2016) – Supporting the effort to bridge the divide between urban and rural America through agriculture, National Farmers Union (NFU) commended Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) for championing new legislation that fosters opportunities for urban agriculture.  The Urban Agriculture … Read More

Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Forage and Grazing Lands

September 26, 2016Blog

By Tom Somrack, NFU Government Relations Intern Grazing lands continue to be under pressure by countless factors, including: cropland conversion, wildlife, an increase in forestation, urbanization, and climate change. Grazing and Pasture Lands have been named by Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, as one of the Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture.  USDA has set … Read More

NFU VP of International Relations Represents World’s Farmers in UN Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance

September 22, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 22, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 22, 2016) – National Farmers Union (NFU) General Counsel and Vice President of International Relations Dave Velde represented the world’s farmers yesterday before a high-level meeting of the United Nations (U.N.) to discuss global antibiotic resistance. The meeting concluded with the 193 … Read More

Veterans and Agriculture: An Opportunity to Revitalize Farming

September 21, 2016Blog

By U.S. Congressman Tim Walz (MN-01) By now folks across the country are well aware that the average age of American farmers and ranchers is just over 58 years old. Less well known is the fact that 200,000 military personnel are discharged from the armed services each year. As a Member of Congress who serves … Read More

NFU Joins in Promoting Safe Practices During National Farm Safety and Health Week 

September 20, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 20, 2016) – As farmers are preparing to begin the fall harvest, National Farmers Union (NFU) joined in the effort to promote safe practices on and around the farm during National Farm Safety and Health Week. President Barack Obama designated farm safety week to … Read More

NFU Asks Senate Judiciary Panel for More Oversight of Failing Antitrust Enforcement in Agriculture

September 20, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 20, 2016) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today joined a panel of industry leaders to testify before members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about the alarming trend of consolidation in agriculture. Less than a week after 275 NFU members … Read More

Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Pathogens and Parasites

September 19, 2016Blog

By Tom Somrack, NFU Government Relations Intern Climate change affects the rate and spread of pathogen and parasitic diseases. According to the USDA Regional Vulnerability Assessments, warmer temperatures have resulted in insects, weeds, and crop diseases moving north and to higher elevations, or surviving winters that used to keep them in check. Overall, pest, weed, and … Read More

NFU Honors 44 Congressional Champions of Agriculture with Golden Triangle Award

September 14, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 14, 2016) – Having champions in Congress to ensure Americans have strong food and farm policies is important, and National Farmers Union (NFU) proudly recognized 44 outstanding Senators and Representatives who have demonstrated leadership and support for family farmers and ranchers and … Read More

NFU Condemns Bayer/Monsanto Deal, Asks for Critical Review of Consolidation in Ag

September 14, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 14, 2016) – In response to today’s announcement of a $66 billion merger deal between Bayer AG and Monsanto Co., National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson issued the following statement: “Consolidation of this magnitude cannot be the standard for agriculture, nor should … Read More

National Farmers Union and Farm Aid Partner to Ask Congress for Immediate Assistance for Financially-Strained Farm Sector

September 13, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 13, 2016 Contact: National Farmers Union: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106, ajerome@nfudc.org Farm Aid: Brittany Vanderpool, 202-248-5487, bvanderpool@vancomm.com WASHINGTON– Bolstered by National Farmers Union (NFU) and Farm Aid, 275 family farmers are uniting this week at the U.S. Capitol to ask for emergency assistance and increased funding to address the harsh economic realities brought on by historically … Read More

NFU to Add Agriculture Policy Veteran to Lead Public Policy and Communications

September 13, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 12, 2016) – National Farmers Union (NFU) today hired a veteran agriculture policy specialist to lead the organization’s policy team through the upcoming Farm Bill. Robert Larew will join NFU as Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications on November 14. … Read More

NFU Hosts 275 Farmers Union Members in D.C. for Fall Legislative Fly-In

September 12, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 12, 2016) – Today, 275 Farmers Union members gathered in Washington D.C. for the National Farmers Union (NFU) Fall Legislative Fly-In. The annual event allows Farmers Union members from across the country to meet directly with lawmakers, USDA leaders and other administration … Read More

NFU Beginning Farmer Institute Begins with Learning Session in Washington D.C.

September 12, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 12, 2016) – National Farmers Union’s (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) convened this weekend in Washington, D.C., for the first of three learning sessions that will take place during the next year. Seventeen beginning farmers, representing demographical, geographical and production diversity in … Read More

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 Defends Family Farmers and Ranchers Against Conservative Think Tank Report Attacking Farm Programs

September 8, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 8, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 8, 2016) – Responding to a new report challenging the validity of the farm safety net, National Farmers Union defended the importance of risk management programs for family farmers and ranchers facing severe financial stress during the farm economic downturn. The report, … Read More

NFU Supports Bipartisan Effort to Encourage Participation in USDA Conservation Programs

September 7, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 7, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 7, 2016) – Recognizing the importance of fostering conservation and sustainability practices, National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased by yesterday’s introduction of bipartisan legislation that would ease burdensome requirements for landowners participating in voluntary U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation programs. The … Read More

NFU Says Farmers and Ranchers Stand to Lose Most from Bayer/Monsanto Deal

September 6, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 6, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 6, 2016) – Today’s announcement that the proposal by Bayer AG to purchase Monsanto Co. is progressing towards an agreeable deal perpetuates the alarming trend of consolidation in agriculture. In response to the latest merger talks, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson … Read More

Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Pest and Weed Pressure

September 6, 2016Blog

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education Prior posts to NFU’s blog on climate change’s impacts on wildfire and temperature increases mention changing and increasing pest and weed pressure as negative consequences of climate change. Changing and increasing pest and weed pressure are concerns in all continental U.S. Climate Hub Regions. Farmers know … Read More

Additional FSA Loan Funding a Critical Lifeline to Struggling Farmers, NFU Says

September 2, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 2, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 2, 2016) – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced today additional funding to assist more than 1,900 approved applicants awaiting FSA direct operating loans. In response to the announcement, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger … Read More

Five Young Farmers Union Members Awarded NFU Scholarships

August 30, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (August 30, 2016) – National Farmers Union Foundation (NFUF) today announced the 2016 recipients of the Hubert K. & JoAnn Seymour and Stanley Moore Scholarship awards. Riley Donkers of Minnesota received the Hubert K. & JoAnn Seymour Scholarship, a $2,000 scholarship award given … Read More

Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Rising Sea Levels

August 29, 2016Blog

By Tom Somrack, NFU Government Relations Intern It is no surprise that rising sea levels are caused and accelerated by a changing planet and climate. But, an increase in sea levels can affect more than just the coastal lands. For example, according to USDA’s Regional Vulnerability Assessments, “Threats from sea level rise also include the loss of … Read More

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