Access To Markets: Virginia Grown and State Labels 

October 11, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy The market for local and regional food is an important one for beginning producers. A January 2015 report to Congress issued by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) notes that “producer participation in local food systems is growing, and the value of local food sales…appears to be … Read More

Joint statement from the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association and National Farmers Union regarding Sage Grouse Plans

October 5, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2017 CONTACT National Farmers Union: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106, ajerome@nfudc.org U.S. Cattlemen’s Association: Lia Biondo, 202-870-1552, lia@wssdc.com The agriculture and conservation communities spent recent years working together on management plans that successfully prevented a non-listing of the Greater Sage Grouse, while providing grazing management flexibility for livestock producers and land managers. … Read More

NFU President Offers Trump Administration a Pathway to Expanded Use of Ethanol

October 5, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – 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 … Read More

Access to Capital: Farm Ownership Loans

October 4, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Natalie Grote, NFU Intern The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers both direct ownership loans as well as guarantees for ownership loans from private banks. Direct loans have lower income requirements and generally do not require as extensive farm practice as private loans. Additionally, unlike most private lenders, FSA will work … Read More

Over 200 Groups Urge Congress to Level the Playing Field for Farmers, Workers and Consumers; Diverse Coalition Calls for Farm Bill to Address Competition in the Food System

October 4, 2017Press Releases

For Immediate Release Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Washington, DC — Today, a broad-based coalition of 210 farm, rural, worker and consumer advocacy organizations released principles for a fairer farm bill that would address the lack of competition in every link in the food chain. The groups point out that growing consolidation in the agribusiness, food … Read More

Farmers Union and Cattlemen’s Association Urge USDA to Finalize Farmer Fair Practices Rule

October 4, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 4, 2017 CONTACT National Farmers Union: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106, ajerome@nfudc.org U.S. Cattlemen’s Association: Lia Biondo, 202-870-1552, lia@wssdc.com WASHINGTON – In less than three weeks, a rule to protect family farmers and ranchers from the worst abuses of concentrated markets will go into effect, barring any setbacks from the U.S. Department of … Read More

NFU, Biofuels Industry Call on Trump Administration to Honor Commitment to RFS and Rural America

October 3, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 3, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – 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 … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? EQIP

October 2, 2017Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy On the Climate Column, we have discussed many conservation practices, such as cover crops and stripcropping, that help farmers mitigate climate change, either by reducing emissions related to farming or by storing carbon in the soil. Many of these practices not only cut carbon emissions, but they … Read More

New EPA Proposal Undermines RFS, Administration’s Promises to Rural America

September 27, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 27, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – 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 … Read More

Farm Bill Conservation Coalition Comes to a Consensus

September 27, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 27, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As U.S. House and Senate agriculture committee leadership readies a framework for the 2018 Farm Bill, the conservation community has come to a consensus on a fundamental set of provisions to strengthen the conservation title of the bill. National Farmers Union (NFU) … Read More

NFU Applauds No Vote on Graham-Cassidy — Organization Urges Congress to Seek Bipartisan Fixes to Health Care System

September 26, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – 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). NFU President … Read More

Farmers Receive Less Than Sixteen Cents of the American Food Dollar

September 22, 2017Blog

By Alexis Dunnum, NFU Executive Assistant Walking through a grocery store can sometimes be overwhelming. With hundreds of different foods, all with different packaging, flavors and prices, it’s hard to stick to buying only the items on your grocery list. And even if you shop on a budget and limit impulse purchases, when you finally … Read More

NFU Urges Senate to Vote No on Graham-Cassidy Health Care Plan: Organization Will Score the Vote

September 21, 2017Press Releases

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

NFU President Joins Advisory Board of New Energy America: New Organization Set to Promote Clean, Renewable Energy Jobs in Rural America

September 20, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In a move to further National Farmers Union’s (NFU) commitment to promoting American grown, renewable energy sources, NFU President Roger Johnson today joined the advisory board of New Energy America, a new organization created to promote clean energy jobs in rural America. … Read More

NFU Reinforces Need for Trade Agenda Reforms Through NAFTA

September 19, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Ahead of a third round of renegotiation talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), National Farmers Union (NFU) reinforced it’s call for a fair trade agreement framework that benefits American family farmers, ranchers and consumers, and restores American sovereignty on … Read More

Access to Efficiency: Soil Health Cuts Carbon and Input Costs

September 19, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy, & Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Coordinator It’s the second day of Climate Week NYC, an event dedicated to keeping climate action at the top of the global agenda, making the discussion of agriculture and sustainability particularly apropos. Farmers and ranchers maintain vast potential to mitigate … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Low-Carbon Transportation Future

September 18, 2017Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy This week is Climate Week in New York City. Georgetown Climate Center invited me to represent National Farmers Union (NFU) to their Low-Carbon Transportation Policy Symposium, where I’ll discuss business opportunities in low-carbon transportation. Producers and rural communities will benefit from expanded use of biofuels … Read More

From the Field: Put Your Head Down and Keep Going

September 14, 2017From the Field

By Matt Perdue, NFU Government Relations Representative The harvest season is a special time of year for farmers. It’s their opportunity to, quite literally, reap the rewards of months spent working long hours in the fields, nervously tracking weather patterns, and precariously balancing finances. But for many farms across the drought-stricken Upper Great Plains, 2017 … Read More

NFU Honors 33 Congressional Champions of Agriculture with Golden Triangle Award

September 12, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – 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, … Read More

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

September 11, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 11, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – 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 … Read More

NFU Beginning Farmer Institute Holds First Learning Session in Washington, D.C.

September 8, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 8, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – 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 … Read More

Access to Credit: FSA Direct Farm Operating Loans

September 7, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Natalie Grote, NFU Intern Last week on the Beginning Farmer Forum, we discussed why microloans are a compelling alternative to traditional loans for beginning farmers and ranchers. However, for some producers, more traditional Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans may make sense. FSA offers a number of loan options, including direct farm operating loans and direct farm ownership loans, … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Energy Efficiency

September 5, 2017Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Farmers and ranchers are in a unique position to help address climate change. Using practices like conservation tillage and forage management, farmers can help the soil they work and plants they grow take greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere, preventing them from interfering with the … Read More

NFU to EPA: Stand With Farmers and Consumers on RFS; Law Creates American Jobs, Bolsters Rural Communities, Strengthens Energy Independence and Protects the Environment

August 31, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – 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 … Read More