Farmers Receive 12 Cents of the Thanksgiving Food Dollar, NFU Farmer’s Share Shows

Farmers Receive 12 Cents of the Thanksgiving Food Dollar, NFU Farmer’s Share Shows

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 19, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Farmers and ranchers take home just 12.1 cents from every dollar that consumers spend on their Thanksgiving dinner meals, according to the annual Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmer’s Share publication. The popular Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares the retail … Read More

USDA to Issue Second Round of Trade Assistance; NFU Urges Solutions to Program’s Inequities

USDA to Issue Second Round of Trade Assistance; NFU Urges Solutions to Program’s Inequities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 15, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In response to ongoing financial challenges caused by trade disputes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced plans to issue the second of three possible tranches of trade assistance payments to affected farmers and ranchers. National Farmers Union (NFU) is appreciative … Read More

NFU Urges Congress to Pass Biodiesel Tax Incentive

NFU Urges Congress to Pass Biodiesel Tax Incentive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Congress needs to quickly extend the biodiesel tax credit to prevent severe disruption of the U.S. biodiesel industry. National Farmers Union has joined more than 40 groups in a letter today urging House leadership to extend the now expired incentive before the … Read More

Trade Assistance Payments Disproportionately Benefitted Large-Scale and Southeastern Operations

Trade Assistance Payments Disproportionately Benefitted Large-Scale and Southeastern Operations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 12, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – A government program intended to support farmers and ranchers affected by trade disputes disproportionately benefitted large-scale and Southeastern operations, according to a minority staff report published today by the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) … Read More

Growing for the Future Speakers

Growing for the Future Speakers Frayne Olson Director – Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives, North Dakota State University Gary Matteson Senior Vice President – Beginning Farmer Programs and Outreach, Farm Credit Council Siobhan Fathel Project Coordinator – Energy Answers for the Beginner Farmer and Rancher Project, Penn State University Debbie Dangerfield President – Dangerfield Consulting, … Read More

Farm Workforce Modernization Act an Important Step Towards a Stable and Fair Agricultural Workforce

Farm Workforce Modernization Act an Important Step Towards a Stable and Fair Agricultural Workforce

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 30, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), and several other House members today introduced a bipartisan bill to reform the agricultural labor system in the United States. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which is the product of negotiations between a diverse … Read More

Cooperatives Work for Their Members

Cooperatives Work for Their Members

By Rebecca J. H. White, Produce Manager, Hanover Co-Op Food Store For the first time this September, I found myself pursuing real organizational change in Washington. Knocking on the doors of my Senators and Representatives during National Farmers Union’s Fall Legislative Fly-In, I felt the intoxicating buzz of conversations centered on things that I care about, that affect … Read More

NFU Urges Greater Transparency in EPA’s Granting of Small Refinery Exemptions

NFU Urges Greater Transparency in EPA’s Granting of Small Refinery Exemptions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 29, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In light of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ongoing misappropriation of small refinery exemptions (SREs), the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change within the Committee on Energy and Commerce today hosted a hearing on how those exemptions … Read More

Cooperatives Support American Farmers and Rural Communities

Cooperatives Support American Farmers and Rural Communities

By Alexis Dunnum, NFU Executive Assistant While some Americans may not be familiar with cooperatives, for rural Americans, cooperatives are integral to the economic and social viability of their communities. For decades, co-ops have provided family farmers and rural communities with everything from crop seed to broadband service. As a member of thirteen different cooperatives, … Read More

National Farmers Union Celebrates National Farm to School Month

National Farmers Union Celebrates National Farm to School Month

By Aaron Shier, NFU Government Relations Representative and Josie Krogh, NFU Intern This blog is cross-posted on the National Farm to School website.   October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools, food, and local farmers, ranchers, and fishers! Over the past decade, the … Read More

Co-ops: By the Community, For the Community

Co-ops: By the Community, For the Community

By Kourtney Bitz I am a high school senior from Napoleon, a small town in North Dakota. Since I was just five years old, when I attended my first Farmers Union day class, North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU) has made an immense impact on my life. That experience was extremely frightening for me; even though … Read More

Coalition Challenges EPA on 2018 Refinery Waivers

Coalition Challenges EPA on 2018 Refinery Waivers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 23, 2019 WASHINGTON – A coalition of renewable fuel and agricultural trade organizations filed a petition Tuesday afternoon with the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the process by which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exempted certain unknown small refineries from their respective Renewable Fuel Standard obligations … Read More

Farm, Union and Science Groups Urge Congress to Stand Strong Against USDA Relocation

Farm, Union and Science Groups Urge Congress to Stand Strong Against USDA Relocation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2019 Contact: Ja-Rei Wang, Union of Concerned Scientists jwang@ucsusa.org WASHINGTON —At a hearing last week, USDA REE Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins repeatedly deflected questions about the ​consequences of the relocation of the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food & Agriculture. A staggering 75 percent of staff have … Read More

Time, Money, Infrastructure to Comply with Food Safety Requirements Among Top Concerns for Produce Growers

Time, Money, Infrastructure to Comply with Food Safety Requirements Among Top Concerns for Produce Growers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 21, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Although local food producers are broadly committed to food safety on their operations, there are still some barriers to implementing food safety best practices, according to a Needs Assessment Report released today by National Farmers Union Foundation’s Local Food Safety Collaborative (LFSC) … Read More

EPA’s Biofuels Fix is Another Broken Promise to American Farmers

EPA’s Biofuels Fix is Another Broken Promise to American Farmers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 15, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – A week and a half after announcing its intentions to offset a portion of the 4 billion gallons of demand for biofuels eliminated due to the ongoing misappropriation of small refinery exemptions (SREs), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released a … Read More

Implications of China Trade Deal for American Farmers Still Unclear

Implications of China Trade Deal for American Farmers Still Unclear

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 11, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump today announced the United States had reached a deal with China to put the brakes on a trade dispute between the two countries. The United States will delay additional tariffs on Chinese imports and, in exchange, China has agreed … Read More

Joseph Ploeckelman

Joseph Ploeckelman | Wisconsin Joey Ploeckelman was raised on his parents’ dairy farm in North Central Wisconsin, where they started the farm from scratch with several generations of dairy and farming history. He has developed the herd into registered Holsteins and Brown Swiss that he is part owner of. With a Bachelors of Science in … Read More

Kyle Minyard

Kyle Minyard | Oklahoma A dedicated agriculturalist, Kyle Minyard is passionate about farming and gardening. He enjoys helping feed the world as well as sharing his knowledge with fellow and future generations.

Akello Karamoko

Akello Karamoko | Michigan Akello Karamoko is a native Detroiter that has always had a black thumb. He grew up gardening in his mother’s backyard garden. Farming as a career path is hardly on the minds of other youth growing up in Detroit, but he sought out programs to learn how to plan, grow, harvest, … Read More

Sara Beth Johnson

Sara Beth Johnson | Arkansas Sara Beth Johnson was born and raised in the agriculture industry in Arkansas. In 2015, she married her husband, Colton, and together they established the Flying Pig Cattle Co. The Flying Pig Cattle Co. raises meat goats, commercial beef cattle, and even a few mini Herefords for fun. They are … Read More

Tanner Hunt

Tanner Hunt | Washington Having grown up in the beef production industry, Tanner Hunt developed an early love for the ranching way of life. She went on to earn an agricultural communications degree with an agribusiness endorsement from the University of Idaho. Through her upbringing and education Tanner knew she wanted to advocate for American … Read More

Ryan Goertzen-Regier

Ryan Goertzen-Regier | Kansas Ryan Goertzen-Regier is a sixth-generation farmer from South-Central Kansas. He has been running Sugargrove Apiaries, a small beekeeping operation, since 2016, as well as working part-time for his father and uncle on the family farm. He also works an off-farm job in Information Technologies. Ryan graduated from college with a degree … Read More

Miriam Goertzen-Regier

Miriam Goertzen-Regier | Kansas Miriam is a fifth-generation Kansas farmer, raising wheat, grain sorghum, and soybeans in a no-till system that incorporates cover crops and grazing. She also works on her parents’ farm and as cheesemaker for Grazing Plains Farm. After college she volunteered for four years in Indiana, Arizona, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, where … Read More

Jennifer Ghigiarelli

Jennifer Ghigiarelli | Colorado Jen Ghigiarelli is a livestock farmer in her sixth full-time season, originally from Pennsylvania though currently calling Colorado home. While specializing in multi-species rotational grazing systems, Jen has also done work in dairy, annual vegetable production, permaculture, and tree/perennial systems. She sees agriculture at its finest when it is integrative in … Read More