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WASHINGTON (March 25, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) is celebrating National Ag Day by highlighting the importance of family farming to food security both in the United States and around the world. The United Nations (U.N.) has declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming.

“Family farmers constitute 96 percent of all farms in the United States and 45 percent of the world’s population makes its living directly from farming. Without family farmers, there would be no National Ag Day,” said Chandler Goule, NFU senior vice president of programs.

Delegates to the recent NFU convention passed a special order of business celebrating the International Year of Family Farming and “congratulating the world’s family farmers for their critical contributions to food security, environmental stewardship and rural economic development.”

“In spite of family farmers’ work, globally 870 million people still suffer from chronic undernourishment and a disproportionate number of them are farmers,” said Goule. “On this National Ag Day, I challenge all consumers and the agriculture community to come together to help solve our world’s food security challenges.”

National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.


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