2017 Fall Legislative Fly-In

Legislative fly-ins to Washington, D.C., allow rural Americans to explain the challenges facing the nation’s heartland. We invite you to join us in this important, grassroots advocacy effort.

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Dynamic Cropping Systems: Tom Trantham’s Story

March 27, 2017Climate Column

By Laura Lengnick, founder of Cultivating Resilience, LLC This story is excerpted from Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate (New Society Publishers, 2015). Resilient Agriculture explores climate risk, resilience, and the future of food through the adaptation stories of 25 award-winning sustainable farmers and ranchers growing fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and livestock across America. … Read More

Access to Capital: The Meek Ranch Family & Business Planning

March 24, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Lura Roti, South Dakota Farmers Union Traditionally, Lakotas don’t have a background in farming or ranching, but they do have a strong heritage of cowboying and rodeo, explains Elsie Meeks. Meeks, 62, ranches on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with her husband, Jim, 71. “The Lakotas were a horse nation. Horses were essential to … Read More

NFU Applauds Withdrawal of AHCA

March 24, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Unable to gain adequate support for the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Congressional leadership withdrew the bill today. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response: “Today’s decision to pull the American Health Care Act highlights a … Read More

NFU Urges Swift Confirmation of Perdue as Ag Secretary

March 23, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – 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. Urging a speedy confirmation vote of Mr. Perdue, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued … Read More

NFU Public Comments Strongly Endorse Fair Practice Rules

March 23, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2017 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – 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 … Read More

NFU Urges Administration to Keep COOL as a Priority for Trade Agenda

March 22, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – 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 … Read More

NFU Urges Congress to Vote Against AHCA

March 21, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – 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 … Read More

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

March 21, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – 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. The testimony advocates for the adoption of the Farmer … Read More

Access to Markets: Gleaning

March 21, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Jimmy Dula, NFU Intern For the past several months, we have been talking about how you, as a farmer, can access markets through technology, value-added goods, institutions, and more. Today, we’re going to flip the tables and talk about how markets can access you. Farmers feed people, a fact at the core of who we are … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Dynamic Cropping Systems: Gabe Brown’s Story

March 21, 2017Climate Column

By Laura Lengnick, founder of Cultivating Resilience, LLC This story is excerpted from Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate (New Society Publishers, 2015).  Resilient Agriculture explores climate risk, resilience, and the future of food through the adaptation stories of 25 award-winning sustainable farmers and ranchers growing fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and livestock across America. … Read More

NFU Salutes Family Farmers, Ranchers on National Ag Day, Highlights Need to Ensure Success of Next Generation

March 21, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – 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. “Family farmers and ranchers play a critical role in providing food, fuel, feed and fiber … Read More

Access to Land: Clark Ranch Family & Succession Planning

March 17, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Lura Roti, South Dakota Farmers Union Middle of Nowhere might be the best way to describe the location of Pat and Barb Clark’s ranch, which is located on native rangeland 40 miles southeast of Lemmon and 30 miles east of Meadow. Homesteaded in 1915 by his grandfather, Avery Clark, and great-uncle, Harry, the Clarks, … Read More

Access to Markets: Agritourism, Policy, & Rural Communities

March 16, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Kriss Marion, Owner and Operator of Circle M Market Farm In America, children are fond of computer games. When my children were young, they played games called Age of Empires and Rise of Nations for hours. These games, still popular today, are strategy-based storylines for which each scenario begins with collecting resources – sheep, coal, … Read More

President’s Budget Shuns Rural America with Deep Cuts to Agriculture, Programs Serving Rural America

March 16, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – 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. Lamenting further cuts being proposed for agriculture, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson issued … Read More

NFU’s Women’s Conference: Shaping the Future

March 15, 2017Blog

By Meighen Lovelace, NFU Intern This year, National Farmers Union hosted its 5th annual Women’s Conference in San Diego, California. The conference, whose theme was “Shaping the Future,” hosted an impressive lineup of speakers and offered plenty of opportunities to network with agricultural leaders. The two day event was packed with information and inspiration from … Read More

Access to Markets: Agritourism

March 14, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Jimmy Dula, NFU Intern Diversity may be the hottest buzz word for agriculture, both large and small. Relying on one product or commodity to support the entire farm can be a gamble, putting the operation at higher risk. As farmers, we need to expand our approach to diversifying farm revenue to access as many potential markets as possible. We have … Read More

NFU Lauds Bill to Add USDA to Foreign Investment Committee

March 14, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 14, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today introduced a bill to add the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The … Read More

Access to Efficiency: Paper Pot Transplanting

March 13, 2017Beginning Farmers

By John Hendrickson, Stone Circle Farm and Small Farm Works Tools and equipment appropriate for small-scale, highly diversified vegetable farms have been a passion of mine for a long time. I discovered one of my favorite tools about 12 years ago while living in Japan. I was abroad with my wife, who was doing international … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Dynamic Cropping Systems: Russ Zenner’s Story

March 13, 2017Climate Column

By Laura Lengnick, founder of Cultivating Resilience, LLC This story is excerpted from Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate (New Society Publishers, 2015).  Resilient Agriculture explores climate risk, resilience, and the future of food through the adaptation stories of 25 award-winning sustainable farmers and ranchers growing fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and livestock across America. … Read More

NFU Concludes 115th Anniversary Convention with Adoption of Policy, Special Orders of Business

March 8, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 8, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org SAN DIEGO – The National Farmers Union (NFU) 115th Anniversary Convention concluded today following the adoption of the organization’s policy book and special orders of business.  Nearly 500 family farmers and ranchers convened in San Diego both to engage in thoughtful policy deliberations, as well as … Read More

NFU Recognizes Members, Local Organizations and State Chapters for Excellence in Membership and Leadership

March 7, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org SAN DIEGO – National Farmers Union (NFU) today recognized the efforts of members, county and local organizations, and state divisions for their excellence in membership recruitment and outreach at the 115th Anniversary Convention. “A strong grassroots network is the backbone of a farmer-led organization,” … Read More

Three Individuals Awarded NFU’s Highest Honor

March 6, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org SAN DIEGO – The strength, diversity and success of modern family farm agriculture is the result of hardworking men and women across the industry, and three individuals have gone above and beyond to ensure that success and the well-being of family farmers, ranchers and … Read More

NFU Honors Mike Dain for Excellence in Agriculture Communications

March 6, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org SAN DIEGO – With the majority of the American population becoming further removed from the farm, agriculture communicators play a vital role in telling the story of American family farmers and rural residents. Each year, National Farmers Union (NFU) recognizes one of those communicators … Read More