To our Farmers Union family:
This is a strange and difficult time. We are all concerned about what the coronavirus pandemic means for our health, our livelihoods, our food system, and our communities, both in the short and long term. There is still a great deal of uncertainty, but National Farmers Union’s staff is, as always, dedicated to making sure that our members have the information, resources, and support they need.
For the time being, our priority is to inform legislators and the administration of the current and expected needs of Farmers Union members and their communities. We are actively working with agricultural leaders and other organizations to minimize disruptions to agricultural supply chains and markets. We have also called on the administration to take swift action to ensure an adequate agricultural workforce is available. Most urgently, we are reaching out to a broad coalition of food, farm, rural, health, and community organizations to guarantee that the rural health care system is equipped to meet the needs of every patient. In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to closely monitor the situation and will advocate for food security for all American consumers and financial security for family farmers and ranchers.
In order to most effectively manage our employees’ wellbeing and comply with public health recommendations, national staff have transitioned to teleworking. Though our office is not physically open, operations will continue as normally as possible – we recognize the considerable stress and pressure that the current environment has placed upon America’s family farmers and their communities and are here to help. Please continue to share your concerns, observations, and updates on your general well-being with us. We are still available by phone and email, and we will continue to share updates on Facebook, Twitter, and in our e-newsletter. If you prefer to communicate anonymously, we encourage you to submit feedback using the form on our Farm Crisis page.
Wishing you health and strength,
President, National Farmers Union