Washington Corner May-June 2024

June 14, 2024Washington Corner

May-June 2024 “Without a doubt, we will mark up a farm bill before Memorial Day,” said Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, at an event in early April. Despite plenty of doubt and uncertainty, Chairman Thompson followed through with his pledge to move along the farm bill process. On the … Read More

NFU Statement on Ranking Member Boozman’s Farm Bill Framework

June 11, 2024Press Releases

WASHINGTON – Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR) today released a framework for the 2024 Farm Bill. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew issued the following statement: “I appreciate Senator Boozman’s work on advancing the farm bill and look forward to continuing the process. Farm bills do best when they are the … Read More

Farmers Union Member Testifies at Senate Hearing on Beginning Farmers

June 4, 2024Press Releases

WASHINGTON – Farmers Union member Tessa Parks, a beginning farmer from Northfield, Minnesota, testified today before the Senate Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade. The hearing focused on “Pathways to Farming: Helping the Next Generation of Farmers,” and Parks delivered a message on behalf of National Farmers Union’s (NFU) more than 230,000 members … Read More

NFU Statement on Farm, Food and National Security Act of 2024

May 17, 2024Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   May 17, 2024   [email protected]      WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew issued the following statement on the Farm, Food and National Security Act of 2024, released today by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA).    “Family farmers and ranchers need a strong farm safety net and opportunities for … Read More

NFU Statement on Treasury Guidance for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

May 1, 2024Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 1, 2024    Contact: [email protected] WASHINGTON – The U.S. Treasury Department yesterday released long-awaited guidance updating the Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Technologies (GREET) model for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) credits under Section 40B of the Inflation Reduction Act.  NFU President Rob Larew issued the following statement in response … Read More

Washington Corner April 2024

April 26, 2024Washington Corner

April 2024 Farm bills are wide-reaching and important pieces of legislation – that rarely are passed on schedule. Keeping with that pattern, Congress extended the 2018 Farm Bill for another year, so the new expiration date is September 30, 2024. Now one-third of the way through 2024, it appears farm bill language may be on … Read More

NFU Statement on EPA E15 Announcement

April 19, 2024Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  April 19, 2024  Contact: [email protected]    WASHINGTON – Today, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement on E15 summer blending:  “Heading into another summer travel season, today’s announcement from EPA helps consumers by reducing their costs and increasing their … Read More

Washington Corner March 2024

March 26, 2024Washington Corner

March 2024 The big event on the Farmers Union calendar in March was NFU’s annual convention. Nearly 500 Farmers Union delegates, members, and guests from across the country gathered in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona to set NFU’s policy priorities for the year and hear from agricultural experts and political leaders on various issues facing American family … Read More

NFU Statement on EPA Tailpipe Emissions Standards

March 20, 2024Press Releases

WASHINGTON – Following the 2027-2032 tailpipe emissions standards released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew issued a statement addressing the need for immediate reductions to greenhouse gases and the role that ethanol can play in those reductions: “We share EPA’s mission to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but today’s finalized tailpipe emissions … Read More

NFU Closes 2024 Convention, Outlines Policy Priorities and Special Orders of Business

March 12, 2024Press Releases

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – National Farmers Union (NFU) closed its 2024 Convention by adopting the organization’s grassroots policy book, laying the foundation for advocating on behalf of family farmers and ranchers across the country. Convention delegates also adopted six special orders of business focused on issues of particular importance in the coming year. “With a projected decline … Read More

Rob Larew and Jeff Kippley Re-Elected as NFU President and Vice President

March 11, 2024Press Releases

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Delegates to National Farmers Union’s 122nd Anniversary Convention today cast a unanimous ballot to reelect Rob Larew and Jeff Kippley as the organization’s President and Vice President, respectively. Each will serve another two-year term. “It’s an honor to have the trust and confidence of Farmers Union members across the country and a … Read More

NFU Presents Bill Zortman of KELO-AM with Milt Hakel Award for Excellence in Agricultural Journalism

March 11, 2024Press Releases

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – At National Farmers Union’s (NFU) 122nd Anniversary Convention, the organization awarded Bill Zortman of radio station KELO-AM, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the 2024 Milt Hakel Award for Excellence in Agricultural Journalism. Zortman is the host of It’s Your Business, covering business issues for the Sioux Falls community with a strong focus on … Read More

NFU Awards Highest Honor to Leaders from Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin at 122nd Anniversary Convention

March 10, 2024Press Releases

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – At the opening banquet of the 122nd Anniversary Convention, National Farmers Union (NFU) presented Rodney Allebach of Minnesota, Linda Jones Borton of Ohio and Dennis Rosen of Wisconsin with Awards for Meritorious Service to Farmers Union and to American Agriculture, the highest honor presented by Farmers Union. “The 2024 class of Meritorious … Read More

NFU Kicks Off 122nd Anniversary Convention Highlighting Importance of Democratic Institutions and Grassroots Advocacy

March 10, 2024Press Releases

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – National Farmers Union (NFU) today kicked off its 122nd Anniversary Convention, where programming will focus on the importance of strong democratic institutions, both within Farmers Union and across the country. “In an era where public trust in institutions is waning, it’s crucial for Farmers Union to reinforce our governance principles and the … Read More

NFU Welcomes Further Packers and Stockyards Act Rulemakings from USDA

March 5, 2024Press Releases

WASHINGTON – Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its second final rule in a series of updates to revitalize the Packers and Stockyards Act (P&S Act). Today’s rule establishes clearer standards for prohibited practices under the P&S Act, including discrimination, retaliation and deception in contracting. “Family farmers and ranchers deserve the right … Read More

Family Farmers and Ranchers Want Updated Packers and Stockyards Act Rules

March 1, 2024Blog

This opinion piece originally ran on Agri-Pulse on March 1st, 2024. By: Jeff Kippley, Vice President, National Farmers Union The recent opinion piece by the President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) on USDA efforts to bring fair rules to livestock markets was not just inaccurate but also dangerously misleading. As a cattle producer … Read More

NFU’s College Conference on Cooperatives Brings Cooperative Education to Next Generation of Leaders

February 23, 2024Press Releases

WASHINGTON –National Farmers Union (NFU) hosted 76 students and educators in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last weekend for its annual College Conference on Cooperatives (CCOC). The three-day conference provides an interactive learning experience for American agriculture’s next generation on the importance, structure, and operations of various types of cooperative groups. “Cooperatives have long played a vital role … Read More

E15 Expansion Good News for Farmers, Consumers, Environment

February 23, 2024Press Releases

WASHINGTON – Following a petition from eight Governors requesting year-round sales of higher blends of ethanol, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the approval of year-round E15, in those states, beginning in 2025.    “While this announcement should have come much earlier, year-round E15 is great news for farmers and consumers alike,” said NFU President … Read More

Farmers Ask for Stability in Milk Prices

February 22, 2024Press Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union sent a letter today requesting that USDA bring stability to Class I milk prices. The letter, sent jointly by AFBF President Zippy Duvall and NFU President Rob Larew, asks Secretary Tom Vilsack to issue an interim final decision to return the Class I mover formula to … Read More