Washington Corner November 2023

November 21, 2023Washington Corner

November 2023 November arrived in full force inside the beltway. At this time of year, theatrics in Washington feature sporadic chilly days, fallen orange foliage and empty tree branches, and dark skies by 5 p.m. These were all once again on full display but were relegated to a supporting cast, as this November featured a … Read More

Jablonsky Rejoins NFU as Chief of Staff

November 21, 2023Press Releases

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased to announce the selection of Brittany Jablonsky as Chief of Staff. Jablonsky, who previously held various roles within NFU, is set to bring her wealth of experience and expertise back to the organization. She joins NFU from the Farm Credit Council, where she most recently served as … Read More

NFU Releases 2023 Farmer’s Share of Thanksgiving Food Dollar

November 13, 2023Press Releases

WASHINGTON – Today, National Farmers Union (NFU) released the updated Farmer’s Share of the food dollar for items typically served during the Thanksgiving holiday. These figures reflect how much family farmers earn compared to the amount consumers pay at the grocery store.  As consumers empty their carts onto the checkout lines at their local grocery … Read More

NFU Statement on Finalized USDA Poultry Transparency Rule

November 8, 2023Press Releases

WASHINGTON – Today, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew issued the following statement in support of the finalized “Transparency in Poultry Grower Contracting and Tournaments” rule from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the Packers & Stockyards Act (P&S Act):  “For far too long, monopolies across agriculture have put the squeeze on … Read More

NFU Welcomes Biden Administration Landmark Investments in Rural America

November 1, 2023Press Releases

WASHINGTON – Today, President Biden visited Minnesota Farmers Union member Dutch Creek Farms in Northfield, MN, to announce $5 billion in investments in rural communities, ranging from rural infrastructure, economic development, sustainability, and climate-smart agricultural practices. “Today’s announced investments in Rural America is more hard evidence the Biden-Harris Administration remains committed to our communities,” said NFU President … Read More

Washington Corner October 2023

October 20, 2023Washington Corner

October 2023 October is sometimes a quiet month on Capitol Hill, as Congress usually leaves town for a 2-3 week district work period. While the Senate conformed to this tradition, the House has remained in DC since early September, and it has been tumultuous time on that side of the Hill. The House has been … Read More

Groups Call on NHTSA to Rethink Proposed CAFE Standards that Weaken Energy Security

October 16, 2023Press Releases

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s proposed new fuel economy standards “greatly missed the intent” of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy program to enhance energy security, according to technical comments filed today by the Renewable Fuels Association, National Farmers Union and National Corn Growers Association. The proposal, they assert, will lead to an overreliance on foreign critical … Read More

Key Information to Strengthen your Co-op

October 15, 2023Blog

Co-ops are often central pieces in their communities, especially in rural areas. But a healthy co-op community can only form when members fully understand the basic structures of the co-op, the purpose, and how they themselves can benefit. Let’s explore some key information to provide your members to strengthen your co-op. 1. Inclusivity Co-ops often … Read More

NFU Convenes 2023 Beginning Farmer Institute

October 12, 2023Press Releases

DES MOINES, IOWA – On Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th, National Farmers Union (NFU) convened the in-person programming for the Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) in Des Moines, Iowa. On Friday, October 6th, participants engaged in farm business trainings, starting with a session on credit and business planning with Farm Credit Council’s Gary Matteson, … Read More

Staying Informed with Co-op Legislation

October 1, 2023Blog

It is important to stay up to date with legislative changes that may affect the operations and success of your co-op. Let’s explore a few resources and tips to ensure you are ready to inform your members of important legislative updates. 1. Stay Engaged and Create a Network Co-ops thrive off the support of their … Read More

Washington Corner September 2023

September 27, 2023Washington Corner

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FARMERS UNION FLY-IN From September 11-13, 300 Farmers Union members from across the country joined together in Washington, DC to advocate for NFU’s farm bill priorities. Since 1909, we have gathered in the Nation’s capital to make our voices heard and lobby for a fairer, more equitable food and agricultural system, and this … Read More

NFU Stands in Strong Support of Right to Repair Bill

September 20, 2023Press Releases

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew issued the following statement in support of the Agricultural Right to Repair Act introduced by Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez in the House of Representatives, along with co-leads Reps. Neguse, Slotkin, and Spanberger: “The introduction of the Agricultural Right to Repair Act is an important step in our fight to ensure farmers … Read More

Three Years of SCRUB

September 18, 2023Blog, Food Safety

By: Vern Grubinger, Billy Mitchell, and LFSC editor After three years, the SCRUB project – formally known as Sanitization and Cleaning Resources for your Business – project has wrapped up. The project, funded by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Food Safety Outreach Program (FSOP) grant, was … Read More

Farmers Union Kicks Off 2023 Legislative Fly-In

September 11, 2023Press Releases

WASHINGTON – Today, 300 Farmers Union members from across the country joined together in Washington, DC to advocate for family farmers as part of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Fall Legislative Fly-In. Over the course of the week, Farmers Union members will attend hundreds of Congressional meetings and meet with fifteen federal agencies. “Our legislative fly-in … Read More

Recap from IAFP 2023: Diversity, Design, & Discussion

September 7, 2023Blog, Food Safety

By: Billy Mitchell, edited by Hayley Wood The  International Association for Food Protection, a member-based association of more than 4,500 food safety professionals, hosted its annual meeting this past July in Toronto. The conference is a chance for food safety professionals, students, industry members, and enthusiasts to immerse themselves in current food safety issues and information. … Read More

Reflecting on their first year: advice for new farmers

August 25, 2023Blog, Food Safety

By: Billy Mitchell and Kathryn Kavanagh   “Being outside and working with my hands – it’s the best thing.” The first year working on a farm is always going to be hard, but Katherine – a farmer who just wrapped up her first season – shared during a recent farmers market that, despite all the hard … Read More

Small scale in a small town: market farming in a rural area

August 18, 2023Blog, Food Safety

By: Billy Mitchell If you think about small-scale farming, you may think of tiny plots in large cities, like the half  acre farms of Seattle, Houston, Chicago, or Atlanta.  Perhaps you picture the small farms in peri-urban areas that help supply big city farmers’ markets —farms that exist close enough to the city to access … Read More

Washington Corner August 2023

August 10, 2023Washington Corner

August 2023 After a busy month of July, Congress has left town for the annual August district work period with the unfinished appropriations process for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) and the farm bill taking center stage. Despite the Senate advancing their respective bills, the House passed only one of the twelve annual appropriations bills, greatly … Read More

Nicolas Cage, Risk Assessments, and You

August 10, 2023Blog, Food Safety

Photo acquired from Deposit Photos, Photo ID #47064127.   By: Billy Mitchell Sometimes, two great things go together incredibly well.  Like Dolly Parton and roller coasters, puffins and rocky shorelines, or Wall Drug and homemade doughnuts. Personally, I find  the duo of Good Agricultural Practices and Nicolas Cage movies to be a perfect fit. When … Read More

EPA Affirms Farmers’ Right to Repair

August 8, 2023Press Releases

August 8, 2023 Contact – [email protected]   WASHINGTON – In a letter to National Farmers Union (NFU), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) affirmed that the Clean Air Act (CAA) cannot be used as a basis to restrict independent repair of farm equipment. In their opposition to Right to Repair legislation, equipment manufacturers and dealers have invoked EPA regulations and … Read More

Farmer, Educator, Drummer (not always in that order)

August 3, 2023Blog, Food Safety

By: Billy Mitchell; edited by Hayley Wood Justin “MasterPeace” Nickelson is an Atlanta based farmer, educator, and drummer who currently works as the AgLanta Grown Local Foods Promotion Program Coordinator for the city of Atlanta’s Department of City Planning Office of Housing and Community Development.   The AgLanta Grown program works to meet the City of … Read More