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February 7, 2017 – NFU President Roger Johnson Statement on Massive 2016 Trade Deficit

The U.S. Commerce Department announced today that the U.S. trade deficit grew to $502 billion in 2016, marking its highest level in four years. NFU President Roger Johnson pointing to the need to reset the nation’s trade agenda and address the massive trade deficit.
Read the news release here.


February 6, 2017 – NFU President Roger Johnson Statement on Farmer Fair Practices Rules Delay

Further delaying a much-anticipated and necessary set of protections for family farmers and ranchers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today pushed back the effective date and comment periods for the three Farmer Fair Practices Rules.
Read the news release here.


January 18, 2017 – NFU President Roger Johnson Statement on Sonny Perdue Selection as Agriculture Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be the U.S. Agriculture Secretary in the incoming Trump administration.
Read the news release here.


January 12, 2017 – NFU President Roger Johnson on the USDA Corn Ethanol Report

Demonstrating the environmental benefits brought about by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) concludes that corn ethanol provides a considerable reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to conventional gasoline.
Read the news release here.


December 16, 2016 – NFU President Roger Johnson on the NFU Board of Directors Dairy Resolution

As U.S. dairy producers continue to struggle with multi-year price lows and an inadequate safety net, National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on Congress to provide meaningful support for the nation’s dairy sector.
Read the news release here.


December 14, 2016 – NFU President Roger Johnson on the Farmer Fair Practices Rules

NFU says the new Farmer Fair Practices Rules are a ‘step in the right direction’ for fair market practices in the highly consolidated livestock and poultry industries.
Read the news release here.


November 15, 2016 – NFU Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications Rob Larew on the new “American Food for American Schools” Legislation

Recognizing the need to improve sourcing of American-grown food products by U.S. schools, National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded the introduction of the “American Food for American Schools Act of 2016.”
Read the news release here.


November 7, 2016 – NFU President Roger Johnson on the Second Session of the NFU Beginning Farmer Institute

NFU submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) urging that a proposed rule change for the taxable value of assets be amended to consider family farmers and ranchers.
Read the release here.


November 3, 2016 – NFU President Roger Johnson on the IRS Proposed Rule Change to Estate Tax

NFU submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) urging that a proposed rule change for the taxable value of assets be amended to consider family farmers and ranchers.
Read the release here.


July 27, 2016 – NFU Membership Director Tom Bryant on the Farmer’s Share

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 for about 80 percent of the cost.


April 19, 2016 – Barbara Patterson on House Appropriations GIPSA Rider

NFU Government Relations Representative Barbara Patterson talks about NFU’s objection to the House Appropriations Committee GIPSA rider that proactively limits farmers’ basic rights and protections.


October 6, 2015 – Roger Johnson on the TPP, Currency Manipulation

NFU President Roger Johnson talks about NFU’s objection to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.