Over 200 Farm, Food and Rural Groups Endorse Agribusiness Merger Moratorium Bills

November 1, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1, 2018 WASHINGTON — Today, a broad-based coalition of 213 farm, food, rural, faith and consumer advocacy organizations delivered a letter to Congress endorsing food and agribusiness merger moratorium bills and urging members of the House and Senate to cosponsor the legislation. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) … Read More

NFU Urges Administration to Honor Commitment to Biofuels

October 29, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 29, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Throughout his campaign for and tenure as president, Donald Trump has consistently pledged to support American-grown biofuels. However, his administration has too often failed to follow through on those promises in a timely fashion. In the most recent of such instances, President … Read More

NFU Encourages Move to High Octane Fuels; Public Comments Highlight Environmental, Economic and Energy Security Benefits

October 26, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 26, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed rule to amend certain existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emissions standards, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today submitted public comments highlighting the importance and value of moving to … Read More

Confronting Consolidation: How Congress Proposes to Fight Mergers in Ag

October 22, 2018Blog

By Liza Ayres, NFU Intern  Consolidation has long been one of the greatest challenges for family farmers and ranchers. Agribusiness mergers reduce innovation, limit choice and increase prices for farming inputs and make it increasingly difficult for farmers to receive a fair price at market. A selective group of firms dominate the processing of every … Read More

Skills and Knowledge: Succession Planning

October 10, 2018Blog, Women Farmers Weekly

By Sophie Neems, Communications Specialist at Farm Credit Succession planning is a delicate business; few people get excited to come to terms with mortality and create a plan for how land and personal assets will be passed from one generation to the next. However, succession planning is about more than just that. It is about … Read More

White House Announces E15 Waiver, RIN Transparency — Farmers Union Encouraged by Move to Higher Levels Blends of Ethanol, But Says “Compromise” is Net Loss for Family Farmers

October 9, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump today announced the administration’s intentions to allow the use of E15 gasoline in summer months and bring greater transparency to the trading of biofuel credits, known as Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). The announcement is an attempt to mitigate a … Read More

Regional Food System Leaders Unite at Chesapeake Food Summit

October 9, 2018Blog

By Liza Ayres, NFU Intern  On September 24 and 25, National Farmers Union was pleased to help sponsor the Chesapeake Food Summit, which united key players in the region for a conference on innovation, equity, and sustainability in the food system. The summit celebrated the region’s diversity and discussed ways to accelerate food system growth … Read More

Skills and Knowledge: Hiring and Management Strategies

October 3, 2018Women Farmers Weekly

By Sophie Neems, Communications Specialist at Farm Credit Meet Stacey Carlberg who, along with her husband Casey Gustowarow, manages The Farm at Sunnyside, a 15-acre, certified organic vegetable farm with 250-300 laying hens. Stacey and Casey sell at Farmers Markets, as well as through wholesale and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). While I worked for Stacey … Read More

Farm Bill Expiration Impacts on Conservation

October 2, 2018Blog

By Matt Perdue, NFU Government Relations Representative The Farm Bill Conference Committee remains squarely focused on getting a bill passed before the end of the calendar year. Bringing together the significant differences between the House and Senate bills was an already difficult task that received an extra layer of pressure Sunday night when the 2014 … Read More

Farmers Union Hails Cooperatives and the Empowerment They Bring to Family Farmers, Rural America

October 1, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) today joined the cooperative community in kicking off National Cooperative Month. NFU President Roger Johnson hailed the nation’s many and varied cooperatives, highlighting the political and economic might that they have brought to family farmers, ranchers and rural … Read More

U.S., Canada, Mexico Reach Deal on New Trade Pact

October 1, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In a break to what has been more than a year of feuding and tense negotiations, the U.S. has reached an agreement with Canada and Mexico on a new trade pact, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). While announcement is a bit of welcome … Read More

Farmers Union Urges Administration to Allow E15 Year-Round, Reconcile Billions of Gallons of Lost Demand for Biofuels

September 27, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 27, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Ahead of an expected Trump Administration announcement on changes to the nation’s biofuel policies, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the President to follow through on his promises to support American family farmers and the biofuel industry by allowing year-round use of … Read More

The Farm Bill is Set to Expire on September 30 – Here’s What to Expect

September 25, 2018Blog

By Liza Ayres, NFU Intern The farm bill is the most important and comprehensive piece of federal farm and food legislation. Its value extends beyond family farmers and ranchers to consumers, rural communities, and the environment, playing a central role in establishing a secure food supply, keeping food prices fair for farmers and consumers, and … Read More

Farmers Union Urges Fair and Consistent Application of the Term “Meat” Across the Federal Government

September 25, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 25, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As new, alternative “meat” products make their way onto grocery store shelves, National Farmers Union (NFU) is encouraging federal officials to establish a definition for “meat” that fairly and consistently informs consumers about the difference between meat products that come from livestock … Read More

Skills and Knowledge: Telling Your Story

September 20, 2018Women Farmers Weekly

Editor’s Note: Guest posts do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of National Farmers Union. By Charlotte Smith, President of Northwest Farmers Union If you had told me 15 years ago that I’d have a thriving raw milk dairy and diversified farm, I’d have laughed in your face! I grew up working on my … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Markets for Climate-Smart Ag Products in Missouri

September 19, 2018Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Regular readers of NFU’s Climate Column know there are many ways farmers can mitigate the negative effects of climate change. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers farmers technical and financial support to help interested farmers mitigate climate change and … Read More

NFU Opposes ERS, NIFA Reorganizations and Relocations

September 18, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging him not to reorganize and relocate the department’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) agencies. The NFU … Read More

White House Ups the Ante in Trade Dispute with China

September 18, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In a move that will further escalate trade tensions, the Trump administration yesterday announced its intention to place a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and threatened to levy tariffs on an additional $267 billion worth of imports. … Read More

NFU Honors 26 Congressional Champions of Family Agriculture with Golden Triangle Award

September 13, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 13, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) proudly recognized 26 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

Family Farm Champions Urge Farm Bill Passage, Trade Support to Help Farmers Weather Growing Financial Crisis

September 12, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As family farmers and ranchers endure a growing financial crisis in the farm economy, a handful of congressional champions for family agriculture joined the National Farmers Union (NFU) Fly-In today in emphasizing the critical need for passage of the 2018 farm bill … Read More

350 Family Farm Advocates ‘Fly-In’ to Washington to Lobby Congress, the Administration

September 12, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Amidst an historic decline in net farm income and added disruptions in agricultural trade and biofuel markets, 350 family farmers and ranchers traveled to the nation’s capital this week to meet face-to-face with top Trump administration officials and members of Congress as … Read More

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

September 11, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 11, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union’s (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) convened this week in Washington, D.C., for the first of three learning sessions that will take place during the next year. Nineteen beginning farmers, representing demographical, geographical and production diversity in agriculture, traveled to … Read More

ADVISORY: Farmers Union to Host 350 Family Farmers for Fly-In

September 7, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 7, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Amidst an historic decline in net farm income and added disruptions in agricultural trade and biofuel markets, National Farmers Union (NFU) will host 350 family farmers and ranchers in Washington, D.C., next week to meet face-to-face with top Trump administration officials and … Read More