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October 19, 2017, 2017 – Trump Administration Must Right the Ship on Biofuels Through 2018 RFS Obligations

As embattled farm, biofuel, and rural communities and economies look to the Trump Administration to maintain promises to support American biofuel production, National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on the administration to increase Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume obligations when they finalize them this fall. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed lowering these obligations, which would undermine growth of the American-grown and produced biofuel industry.
Read the news release here.


October 17, 2017, 2017 – NFU Deeply Disappointed By USDA Decision to Terminate Farmer Fair Practices Rules

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it would be terminating the Farmer Fair Practices Rule on Competitive Injury, a rule that would have provided the most basic of protections to American family farmers and ranchers as they endure increasingly concentrated markets and unfair treatment from multinational meatpackers.
Read the news release here.


October 5, 2017, 2017 – NFU President Offers Trump Administration a Pathway to Expanded Use of Ethanol

As American family farmers struggle amidst a global glut of grain supplies and a severely depressed U.S. farm economy, the Trump Administration has a significant opportunity to provide meaningful relief that benefits not only farmers, but also rural communities, consumers and the environment.
Read the news release here.


October 3, 2017, 2017 – NFU, Biofuels Industry Call on Trump Administration to Honor Commitment to RFS and Rural America

Following a recent set of proposals by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to weaken the nation’s premier renewable fuels law, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), National Farmers Union and 10 prominent biofuel organizations are calling on the administration to honor its commitment to the law, the biofuels industry and to rural America.
Read the news release here.


September 27, 2017 – New EPA Proposal Undermines RFS, Administration’s Promises to Rural America

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday announced new, lower proposed obligations for renewable fuel usage under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the nation’s preeminent policy for encouraging the production and development of American grown and produced transportation fuels. The agency’s proposal would reduce obligations in 2018 for total renewable fuel volumes, biomass-based diesel, and advanced biofuel if finalized.
Read the news release here.


September 26, 2017 – NFU Applauds No Vote on Graham-Cassidy

U.S. Senate leadership today announced the body would not vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill. The proposal stood to worsen access to affordable and quality health care for American family farmers and ranchers, according to National Farmers Union (NFU).
Read the news release here.


September 21, 2017 – NFU Urges Senate to Vote No on Graham-Cassidy Health Care Plan

The latest plan put forth by U.S. Senate leadership to overhaul the nation’s health care system stands to worsen access to affordable and quality health care for American family farmers and ranchers, according to the nation’s second largest general farm organization. In a letter sent to members of the Senate today, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson urged legislators to vote against the plan, known as Graham-Cassidy, and stated NFU’s intent to score the vote. NFU continues to call on Congress to begin a transparent, bipartisan approach to improving the current system.
Read the news release here.


September 12, 2017 – NFU Honors 33 Congressional Champions of Agriculture with Golden Triangle Award

National Farmers Union (NFU) proudly recognized 33 outstanding U.S. Senators and Representatives who have demonstrated leadership and support at the federal policymaking level for family farmers, ranchers and their rural communities. The Golden Triangle Award, the family farm organization’s highest legislative honor, was presented to recipients at an awards reception tonight, during NFU’s Fall Legislative Fly-In.
Read the news release here.


September 11, 2017 – More Than 300 Farmers Union Members ‘Fly-In’ to Washington to Lobby Congress, the Administration

Today, 320 Farmers Union members gathered in the nation’s capital for National Farmers Union’s (NFU) Fall Legislative Fly-In. The annual event allows Farmers Union members from across the country to meet directly with lawmakers, USDA leaders and other administration officials to discuss issues important to family farmers and ranchers.
Read the news release here.


September 8, 2017 – NFU Beginning Farmer Institute Holds First Learning Session in Washington, D.C.

National Farmers Union’s (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) convened today in Washington, D.C., for the first of three learning sessions that will take place during the next year. Twenty beginning farmers, representing demographical, geographical and production diversity in agriculture, traveled to the nation’s capital for the two-day session.
Read the news release here.


August 31, 2017 – NFU to EPA: Stand With Farmers and Consumers on RFS

For the past decade, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been a boon to American-grown renewable energy development, thereby expanding markets for family farmers, creating jobs in rural communities, shoring up American energy independence, and cleaning up the environment. So when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues new renewable fuel volume obligations this November, they must continue to build on the success of the RFS, says National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson. In public comments filed to the EPA today, Johnson urged the agency to issue RFS volume obligations that expand markets for higher blends of ethanol and advanced biofuels.
Read the news release here.


July 25, 2017 – NFU President Urges Senate Agriculture Committee to Strengthen Farm Safety Net

Family farmers and ranchers are enduring a severely depressed farm economy, with projections pointing to a prolonged period of depressed commodity prices. To ensure the growth and success of family farm agriculture, Congress must strengthen the overall farm safety net, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson told the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture today.
Read the news release here.


July 24, 2017 – NFU Urges No Vote on Senate ACA Repeal

In advance of an imminent vote in the U.S. Senate on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the nation’s second largest general farm organization is urging members of the Senate to vote against the failed legislation.
Read the news release here.


July 6, 2017 – NFU Celebrates Youth Leadership and Cooperative Education at 81st Annual All-States Leadership Camp

Farmers Union youth members from across the country gathered in Bailey, Colorado, for the 81st annual National Farmers Union (NFU) All-States Leadership Camp. Hosted each June at the NFU Education Center, All-States Camp encourages youth to explore their leadership potential, discuss issues important to their generation, and identify ways to affect positive change in their communities.
Read the news release here.


July 5, 2017 – NFU Statement on EPA’s RFS Volume Targets

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released the Trump Administration’s first proposed set of volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The proposal maintains the conventional biofuel amount at 15 billion gallons, yet lowers obligations for advanced biofuels, including biodiesel, and ultimately falls nearly 7 billion gallons short of the levels prescribed by Congress in the RFS statute.
Read the news release here.


June 15, 2017 – NFU Condemns Trump Administration Approval of Dow-DuPont

Perpetuating the disturbing consolidation trend in the agriculture sector, the U.S. Department of Justice today approved the $142 billion merger of Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. The deal will create the largest agriculture biotechnology and seed firm in the United States.
Read the news release here.


June 8, 2017 – NFU Announces Twenty Participants for 2017-18 Beginning Farmers Institute

National Farmers Union (NFU) has announced twenty beginning farmers and ranchers from across the United States to take part in the 2017-2018 Beginning Farmers Institute (BFI) program. The Institute empowers the success of America’s next generation of farmers by providing mentorship, technical training and leadership development to its participants.
Read the news release here.


June 1, 2017 – U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Accord Shirks Science, Neglects Devastating Impacts to Food System, Family Farms, and Future Generations

President Donald Trump announced today that the U.S. will withdraw from the historic Paris Agreement, an accord among 192 nations to combat the potentially devastating impacts of climate change.
Read the news release here.


May 23, 2017 – President Trump’s Budget is an Assault on the Farm Safety Net and Rural Communities, NFU Says

President Donald J. Trump issued a detailed fiscal year 2018 federal budget proposal today, recommending drastic cuts to agricultural and rural related agencies and programs. The proposal would cut Farm Bill programs by nearly $230 billion and slash the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) annual budget by 21 percent.
In response to the proposal, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson issued the following audio statement.
Read the news release here.


May 18, 2017 – Reopening of NAFTA Provides Trump Administration With Chance to Right the U.S. Trade Agenda

Initiating an official renegotiation process of past, failed trade deals, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today formally notified Congress of the Trump Administration’s intentions to reopen the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The renegotiation provides the administration with a unique opportunity to reset the U.S. trade agenda, according to National Farmers Union.
Read the news release here.


May 16, 2017 – Farmers Union Confronts the Farm Crisis

The national farm economy is deteriorating, forcing many family farmers and ranchers to make tough financial decisions that will impact their families, communities, and the entire country. In order to provide farmers with the resources and support needed to endure these tough economic conditions, National Farmers Union (NFU) and Farmers Union state divisions have compiled resources, organized listening sessions, and initiated a national campaign to raise awareness for the current farm crisis.
Read the news release here.


May 15, 2017 – NFU, Coalition of Rural Organizations Oppose Elimination of Rural Development Mission Area and Under Secretary

Highlighting the important work carried out by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, National Farmers Union (NFU) and a diverse coalition of rural organizations are calling on Congress to prevent any attempt to eliminate the Rural Development Mission Area (RD) and the Office of the Under Secretary for Rural Development.
Read the news release here.


May 3, 2017 – New AHCA Even Worse for Family Farmers and Rural Americans

As U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan attempts to secure votes in support of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), National Farmers Union (NFU) is reiterating its opposition to the bill. The legislation has worsened since being introduced in late March, now risking even less protection for family farmers and rural Americans, especially those with preexisting conditions.
Read the news release here.


May 1, 2017 – NFU Calls on FTC to Oppose ChemChina Acquisition of Syngenta

Continuing a long tradition of advocating for competitive marketplaces for family farmers and ranchers, National Farmers Union (NFU) urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to oppose the proposed China National Chemical Corp’s (ChemChina) acquisition of Syngenta AG.
Read the news release here.


April 24, 2017 – NFU Statement on Sonny Perdue’s Confirmation as Agriculture Secretary

The U.S. Senate confirmed former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
Read the news release here.


April 22, 2017 – Farmers Union Marches for Science

Marching in cities across the United States, members of National Farmers Union (NFU) joined the world’s first-ever March for Science today, emphasizing the vital role that science should play in everyday life and in federal policymaking.
Read the news release here.


April 12, 2017 – NFU Urges Trump Administration to Stay in Paris Agreement

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 climate resiliency of family farm operations and rural communities, and it allows family farmers and ranchers to join carbon sequestration efforts that stimulate economic growth in rural America.
Read the news release here.


March 23, 2017 – NFU Urges Swift Confirmation of Perdue as Ag Secretary

Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue appeared before the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee today for the confirmation hearing on his nomination to be U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
Read the news release here.


March 23, 2017 – NFU Public Comments Strongly Endorse Fair Practice Rules

On behalf of nearly 200,000 family farm and ranch members, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson submitted public comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday, advocating for the agency to finalize the Farmer Fair Practices Rules. The rules would provide family farmers and ranchers with protections against anti-competitive and abusive practices.
Read the news release here.


March 22, 2017 – NFU Urges Administration to Keep COOL as a Priority for Trade Agenda

The Trump Administration this week released a list of 24 trade practices, including Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), that trade negotiators should prioritize in future negotiations. National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the administration to keep COOL on the list, and to ensure a reinstatement of COOL would be allowable under any renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Read the news release here.


March 21, 2017 – NFU Urges Congress to Vote Against AHCA

Citing the need for family farmers and ranchers to have affordable access to quality health coverage, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging Congress to vote against the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bill is scheduled to be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.
Read the news release here.


March 21, 2017 – Farmer Fair Practices Rules Needed to Address Lack of Competition in Livestock and Poultry Sectors, NFU Testimony States

Highlighting the iniquities of today’s extremely consolidated livestock and poultry sectors, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson submitted testimony today to the U.S House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.
Read the news release here.


March 21, 2017 – NFU Salutes Family Farmers, Ranchers on National Ag Day

Highlighting the important roles family farmers and ranchers play in ensuring food security, National Farmers Union (NFU) joined the agriculture community today in celebrating National Ag Day.
Read the news release here.


March 16, 2017 – President’s Budget Shuns Rural America with Deep Cuts to Agriculture, Programs Serving Rural America

President Donald J. Trump issued his fiscal year 2018 federal budget blueprint today, calling for a drastic reduction in spending on agriculture and rural related agencies and programs.
Read the news release here.


March 5-8, 2017 – NFU Convention Audio

NFU Kicks Off 115th Anniversary Convention
Read the news release here.

NFU Honors Mike Dain for Excellence in Agriculture Communications
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Three Individuals Awarded NFU’s Highest Honor
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NFU Recognizes Members, Local Organizations and State Chapters for Excellence in Membership and Leadership
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NFU Concludes 115th Anniversary Convention with Adoption of Policy, Special Orders of Business
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March 4, 2017 – NFU Women’s Conference Provides Management, Leadership Skills

Building on a strong history of providing women in agriculture with important leadership and risk management skills, National Farmers Union (NFU) hosted its 2017 Women’s Conference in San Diego, California.
Read the news release here.


February 23, 2017 – Trump Administration Building Positive Record on Renewable Fuels

Stressing the need for certainty around the administration’s support for the renewable fuels industry, National Farmers Union (NFU) recognizes the Trump Administration’s growing positive record in support of renewable fuels as a means to spur economic growth, provide good-paying jobs, and benefit American family farmers, ranchers, and rural economies.
Read the news release here.


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.