NFU Statement on Sonny Perdue’s Nomination to Agriculture Secretary

January 18, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (January 18, 2017) – President-elect Donald Trump today selected former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be the U.S. Agriculture Secretary in the incoming Trump administration. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response to today’s announcement: “Given the … Read More

NFU Statement on Pruitt Backing of Renewable Fuel Standard

January 18, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3102 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (January 18, 2017) – In response to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt’s commitment to proper implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) at today’s U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works confirmation hearing, National Farmers Union (NFU) President … Read More

NFU Statement on Trump Transition Team Deal with Bayer

January 17, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3102 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (January 17, 2017) – President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team announced today that it has struck a deal with Bayer AG, committing the German agricultural input company to investing $8 billion towards research and development should the company be permitted to acquire competitor Monsanto … Read More

Access to Education: Introduction

January 17, 2017Beginning Farmers, Blog

By Jimmy Dula, NFU Intern Snow and cold weather may slow down food production, but there is no off-season for farmers. Even when it is too cold for crops, farmers are readying for the spring, researching new production methods, educating themselves on new farm technologies, and planning market strategies. Thorough  preparation for the growing season can greatly reduce … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? United States Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization

January 17, 2017Blog, Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education National Farmers Union (NFU) members understand the negative impacts of climate change are exacerbated by greater concentrations of greenhouse gasses in the Earth’s atmosphere. Everyone in the world should be concerned about the broad consequences of climate change, but family farmers are particularly worried about the direct impact climate change … Read More

USDA Corn Ethanol Report Supports Environmental Benefits of RFS, NFU Says

January 12, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3102 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (January 12, 2017) – Demonstrating the environmental benefits brought about by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) concludes that corn ethanol provides a considerable reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to conventional … Read More

Access to Markets: Selecting Seeds

January 12, 2017Beginning Farmers, Blog

By Whitney Will, Farm Manager at Roaring Gardens at TCI Lane Ranch January is a time for dreaming about the next season of farming, planning the garden, and ordering seeds. For me, looking forward to the next season always starts with looking back on previous ones. What worked well last season? Which vegetables did we need … Read More

NFU at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture

January 11, 2017Blog

By Chris Holman, NFU Member Next week, I will be flying to Berlin, Germany to represent National Farmers Union (NFU) at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFAA). NFU’s participation in this forum is tied to its role as a founding member of the World Farmers Organization (WFO). If you are a relatively new member of Farmers Union … Read More

Access to Markets: Growing for a Farmers Market

January 10, 2017Beginning Farmers, Blog

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Coordinator Farmers markets can be an important source of supplementary income and public exposure for both small scale producers and beginning farmers and ranchers. Not only do they provide access to additional markets and new consumers, but they also eliminate the costs of processing, storage, wholesale, and distributing associated with traditional … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Forage and Biomass Planting

January 9, 2017Blog, Climate Column

By Thomas Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education Since October, when the Climate Column started featuring ways farmers can address climate change, we have primarily discussed practices to build climate resilience in crop production. There are, of course, many things livestock producers can do about climate change as well. Livestock producers often have … Read More

Access to Land: Farm Church Q&A

January 5, 2017Beginning Farmers, Blog

By Jimmy Dula, NFU Intern Allen Brimer is the farmer/pastor at Farm Church, an agriculturally-minded religious community. Brimer has extensive experience cultivating produce and raising farm animals, as well as over a decade of religious service. In this Q&A, Brimer tells us more about his operation and the challenges and opportunities he has encountered farming for … Read More

Access to Land: Farming for a Paycheck

January 3, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Jimmy Dula, NFU Intern Among the many alternative agricultural economic models that have cropped up in recent years, farming for a paycheck has become increasingly common. Unlike traditional farming models, in which a producer’s self-generated income is contingent on crop yields and sales, in this arrangement, a third party guarantees producers a fixed salary … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Vegetative Barriers

January 2, 2017Blog, Climate Column

By Thomas Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education Installing vegetative barriers, defined by the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS)  as “permanent strips of stiff, dense vegetation established along the general contour of slopes or across concentrated areas,” is another way producers can adapt to and mitigate climate change.  … Read More

Access to Markets: Managing a Farmers Market

December 29, 2016Beginning Farmers, Blog

By Jimmy Dula, NFU Intern Nestled next to Basalt Town Hall, with access to main street shops and eateries, the Sunday Market in Basalt, Colorado  is an economic driver for our rural mountain town. To the credit of previous market managers and board members, the 40-plus vendor market is the social occasion of the summer, … Read More

Access to Markets: Introduction

December 27, 2016Beginning Farmers, Blog

By Thomas Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education Farmers and ranchers need a wide range of abilities and knowledge to succeed. Depending on the operation, a beginning producer may require aptitude in livestock nutrition, tractor repair, meteorology, regulatory permitting, purchase order negotiations, and more… all in the same day! But even the mastery of all … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Stripcropping

December 26, 2016Blog, Climate Column

By Thomas Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education As noted frequently here at the Climate Column (for example, in last week’s post on grassed waterways), preventing soil erosion is an important way farmers can adapt to and mitigate climate change. Impeding erosion improves soil health. This, in turn, allows soil to both store … Read More

Access to Capital: Barnraiser Q&A

December 22, 2016Beginning Farmers, Blog

By Jimmy Dula, NFU Intern David Whittaker, Owner of Oak Meadows Farm in Ferndale, WA, successfully raised $5,365 through a Barnraiser crowdfunding campaign. David raises pastured hens, turkeys and quail for meat and egg production. Read through this short Q&A to find out more about his experience accessing capital to grow his operation. Why did … Read More

Access to Capital: Crowdfunding

December 20, 2016Beginning Farmers, Blog

By Jimmy Dula, NFU Intern Are you a farmer with a well-considered and lucrative plan for value-added production, but without the business history to secure a loan for the necessary equipment? Do you think your customers would pitch in to help you buy a smaller tractor if they could secure preferred access to the produce you … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Grassed Waterways

December 19, 2016Blog, Climate Column

By Thomas Driscoll, Director of Conservation Policy and Education The Climate Column has discussed several practices to avoid soil erosion, such as no-till and cover crops, that farmers can use to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Preventing erosion is critical to building healthy soils that store carbon from the atmosphere, mitigating the negative impacts … Read More

NFU Board Calls on Congress to Assist Struggling Dairy Producers

December 16, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 16, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (December 16, 2016) – 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. NFU’s Board of Directors released a … Read More

Access to Capital: Farm Service Agency

December 15, 2016Beginning Farmers

By Mike Nolan, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union; President, Four Corners Farmers and Ranchers Coalition Three years ago in August, I bought a small, 13-acre parcel of irrigated land in the Mancos Valley of Colorado. I had been farming for 6 years at that point, but paying a mortgage and building permanent infrastructure was completely new to me. … Read More

Poultry Growers Seek Fairness, Basic Protections in Highly Concentrated Sector

December 15, 2016Blog

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Coordinator Of all the metaphorical cogs and gears in the American food supply chain, farmers and ranchers arguably make the most significant contribution, yet they receive only a small portion of the American food dollar. Indeed, more than 80% of national food expenditures go to processors, distributors, retailers, and advertisers, … Read More

NFU Says Farmer Fair Practices Rules a ‘Step in the Right Direction’ for Fair Market Practices

December 14, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 14, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (December 14, 2016) – National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased by today’s announcement that the long-awaited Farmer Fair Practices Rules, which aim to level the playing field for family livestock producers and poultry growers, have been released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture … Read More

Access to Capital: Introduction

December 13, 2016Beginning Farmers

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education The stability of the food supply in the United States depends upon farmers’ access to credit. Credit presents challenges to all farmers and ranchers because cash flows differently for farms than it does for many other types of businesses. But obstacles to credit can be especially … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Filter Strips

December 12, 2016Climate Column

By Trixie Wessel, NFU Intern NFU’s Climate Column recently covered the practice of creating field borders. This week, we’re talking about a similar practice: filter strips. Filter strips, also known as buffer strips, are areas of vegetation planted between cropland and surface water to obstruct the passage of  sediment and pollutants into environmentally sensitive areas. Filter strips trap suspended solids … Read More