What Should Farmers Know About Climate Change? Livestock & Carbon Sequestration

By Jonathan Reinbold, Sustainability, Research & Grant Manager at Organic Valley Here’s an interesting paradox: livestock is both a major contributor to and a solution for excess carbon in the atmosphere, which is intensifying climate change. The most conservative estimates suggest that raising livestock accounts for nearly 15% of global greenhouse gases emitted each year; the … Read More

What Should Farmers Know About Climate Change? Livestock & Carbon Sequestration

What Should Farmers Know About Climate Change? Livestock & Carbon Sequestration

By Jonathan Reinbold, Sustainability, Research & Grant Manager at Organic Valley Here’s an interesting paradox: livestock is both a major contributor to and a solution for excess carbon in the atmosphere, which is intensifying climate change. The most conservative estimates suggest that raising livestock accounts for nearly 15% of global greenhouse gases emitted each year; the … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Commodity Plus Carbon Futures

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Commodity Plus Carbon Futures

Dr. Richard Gilmore, President/CEO of GIC Group Do any of us recall that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiated the Climate Change Impacts and Risks Analysis Project (CIRA) in 2015? Absent new technologies and risk mitigation production strategies, the analysts forecast a decline of irrigated soybeans by 23 percent, sorghum by 22 percent, and wheat … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? United States Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? United States Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education National Farmers Union (NFU) members understand the negative impacts of climate change are exacerbated by greater concentrations of greenhouse gasses in the Earth’s atmosphere. Everyone in the world should be concerned about the broad consequences of climate change, but family farmers are particularly worried about the direct impact climate change … Read More

NFU Policy & Advocacy Tools

NFU Policy & Advocacy Tools

U.S. family farmers and ranchers must be at the table with lawmakers as they look to enact policies that seek to address climate change. Agriculture has a key role to play in helping the United States adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. Land management practices can both capture carbon and help the … Read More

Climate Change Programs for the Farm

Climate Change Programs for the Farm

While there are opportunities that could be realized with sound climate change policies for agriculture, lawmakers do not need to start from scratch. Universities, research organizations, and state and federal governments are developing and investing in the creation of new land management techniques, technologies, and other best practices farmers and ranchers can employ to improve … Read More

Agriculture Must Be Central to an Economy-Wide Climate Policy

Agriculture Must Be Central to an Economy-Wide Climate Policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 25, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As they consider policies and legislation to curb the effects of climate change, federal lawmakers should both recognize the capacity of American family farmers to mitigate and build resilience to climate change as well as enact funding mechanisms to help them do … Read More

Earth Day: Agriculture is an Essential Part of the Climate Solution

Earth Day: Agriculture is an Essential Part of the Climate Solution

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Coordinator On the 49th annual celebration of Earth Day, National Farmers Union (NFU) is highlighting the existential threat that climate change poses to American agriculture as well as the critical role of farmers and ranchers in mitigation and adaptation efforts. “Climate change is the single greatest challenge facing family farmers, … Read More

Environmental Sustainability in the 2018 Farm Bill

Environmental Sustainability in the 2018 Farm Bill

By Matt Perdue, NFU Government Relations Director Environmental sustainability is critical for the future of family farming and ranching and for the health of our rural communities. As concerns over water quality, soil health and the wide-ranging effects of climate-change mount, incentives-based conservation programs are more important now than ever.   The 2018 Farm Bill maintains … Read More

2017 Policy

Policy of the National Farmers Union Click here for the PDF version Enacted by delegates to the 115th anniversary convention San Diego, CA March 5 – 8, 2017 National Farmers Union Mission and Vision Statements Mission – To advocate for the economic and social well-being, and quality of life of family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and consumers … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Meeting Paris Agreement Goals

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Meeting Paris Agreement Goals

By Janan Lenzy, NFU Intern The Paris Climate Agreement was constructed within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December of 2015. Adopted by consensus, the agreement aims to maintain “a global temperature rise” of less than 2 degrees Celsius or 35.6 degrees Fahrenheit by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improving … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Federal Support for Climate Research

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Federal Support for Climate Research

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Coordinator Climate science, a multidisciplinary field that addresses the causes and effects of climate change, predicts future trends, and establishes mitigation and adaptation practices, is increasingly vital as extreme temperatures and erratic weather become more common. We all benefit from climate change research, but it is particularly critical for family … Read More

NFU Urges Trump Administration to Stay in Paris Agreement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As President Donald Trump weighs the merits of keeping the United States in the Paris Agreement, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the administration to maintain U.S. commitments to global leadership on climate change. The Paris Agreement is vital to enhancing the … Read More

NFU Urges Trump Administration to Stay in Paris Agreement

NFU Urges Trump Administration to Stay in Paris Agreement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As President Donald Trump weighs the merits of keeping the United States in the Paris Agreement, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the administration to maintain U.S. commitments to global leadership on climate change. The Paris Agreement is vital to enhancing the … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Prescribed Grazing

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Prescribed Grazing

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Coordinator Here on the Climate Column, we have covered a number of conservation practices, many of which are specific either to cropland, such as alley cropping, or to livestock, such as waste management. One approach that incorporates both livestock and land is prescribed grazing, which, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Riparian Forest Buffers

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Riparian Forest Buffers

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Coordinator Several weeks ago, the Climate Column introduced filter strips, also known as buffer strips, which are areas of vegetation planted between cropland and surface water to obstruct the passage of sediment and pollutants into environmentally sensitive areas. One subcategory of filter strips are riparian forest buffers, described by the National … Read More

2018 Policy

Policy of the National Farmers Union Click here for the PDF version Enacted by delegates to the 117th anniversary convention Bellevue, WA | March 3-5, 2019 National Farmers Union Mission and Vision Statements Our Mission is to… Advocate for family farmers, ranchers, fishers, and their communities through education, cooperation, and legislation. Our Vision is of… A … Read More

NFU Audio

NFU makes audio from its officials and representatives available to the media and public for their use. Feel free to download the linked audio files by clicking the “Download the Audio” button, or by right clicking that button and selecting “Download Linked File.” For any questions or concerns, please contact NFU’s Digital Media Director Hannah … Read More

2016 NFU Policy

Policy of the National Farmers Union Click here for the PDF version Enacted by delegates to the 114th anniversary convention Minneapolis, MN March 5-8, 2016 National Farmers Union Mission and Vision Statements Mission – To advocate for the economic and social well-being, and quality of life of family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and consumers and their … Read More

NFU 2015 Policy

Click here for the PDF Policy of the National Farmers Union Enacted by delegates to the 113th anniversary convention Wichita, KS March 14-17, 2015 National Farmers Union Mission and Vision Statements Mission – To advocate for the economic and social well-being, and quality of life of family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and consumers and their communities … Read More

NFU 2015 Policy

Click here for the PDF Policy of the National Farmers Union Enacted by delegates to the 113th anniversary convention Wichita, KS March 14-17, 2015 National Farmers Union Mission and Vision Statements Mission – To advocate for the economic and social well-being, and quality of life of family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and consumers and their communities … Read More

NFU Supports GHG and Climate Change Considerations in NEPA Reviews

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 23, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 [email protected] WASHINGTON (Feb. 23, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today submitted comments today highlighting why the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) efforts to mitigate and learn more about climate change are important to America’s family farmers and ranchers.