NFU Continues Excellence in Cooperative Education at College Conference on Cooperatives

February 23, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 23, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org MINNEAPOLIS – Drawing on over 115 years of leadership in cooperative leadership and education, National Farmers Union (NFU) hosted 76 students in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last weekend for its annual College Conference on Cooperatives (CCOC). The three-day conference provides an interactive learning experience for American … Read More

Saving the Farm: The Need for Farm Advocates

February 22, 2018Blog

By Joe Schroeder, Farm Advocate at Farm Aid Since 1985, Farm Aid has responded to farm crises on the individual, community, and national level. Farm Aid has long supported and held up farmers who face crises and the farm advocates who help them through get through the hard times. As Farm Aid’s farm advocate, my job … Read More

Access to Efficiency: 5 Reasons to Join Farmers Union

February 20, 2018Beginning Farmers

By Sherri Dugger, Indiana Farmers Union’s Media and Outreach Director, Co-Owner and Operator of Dugger Family Farm I was an easy sell. When I first met Rob Davies, the marketing manager for Indiana Farmers Union, in late 2016 at a local coffee shop in Danville, Indiana, it took him about 15 minutes to sell me on … Read More

Access to Efficiency: Seed Treatment

February 14, 2018Beginning Farmers

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Beginning farmers who grow grains know that the time between planting and emergence in the field can be perilous for their crops. Pathogens in the soil or on seeds can overtake or impair the growth of a seedling, damaging yields and – ultimately – profitability. … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Meeting Paris Agreement Goals

February 13, 2018Climate Column

By Janan Lenzy, NFU Intern The Paris Climate Agreement was constructed within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December of 2015. Adopted by consensus, the agreement aims to maintain “a global temperature rise” of less than 2 degrees Celsius or 35.6 degrees Fahrenheit by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improving … Read More

Budget Proposal Another Blow to Family Farmers

February 12, 2018Press Releases

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The White House today released its proposed fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget. Over the next decade, the $4.4 trillion budget would severely cut many programs that family farmers and ranchers and rural Americans rely on, including $48.6 billion from Farm Bill programs, … Read More

Plan Seeks to Address Rural Infrastructure Needs

February 12, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The White House today released its principles to rebuild America’s long-neglected infrastructure. The plan includes $200 billion in federal investment over ten years, $50 billion of which is designated for rural projects. In response to the plan, National Farmers Union President Roger … Read More

There is Power in Numbers: A New Day for Indiana Farmers Union

February 8, 2018Blog

By Sherri Dugger, Indiana Farmers Union’s Media and Outreach Director, Co-Owner and Operator of Dugger Family Farm “There is power in numbers.” It was a simple concept, and it was cliché. But it was the truth, and it was the only way I knew to explain how Indiana Farmers Union (INFU) and National Farmers Union (NFU) … Read More

Dairy and Cotton Fixes a Vital Step for Struggling Farmers, NFU Says

February 8, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 8, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate’s proposed two-year budget deal contains important improvements for cotton growers and dairy producers, a vital first step to assistance for struggling farmers in both industries. The legislation brings eligible cotton acres back into Title I of the Farm Bill—National … Read More

USDA ERS Projects Net Farm Income Decrease in 2018

February 7, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) today projected net farm income to decrease $4.3 billion from 2017 to $59.5 billion in 2018, a 52 percent drop since 2013. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson says the projection … Read More

Farmers Union Launches Farm Bill Campaign

February 7, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – American family farmers and ranchers are enduring the worst economic slide in generations, and they need Congress to pass a Farm Bill in 2018 to strengthen the farm safety net. In order to educate the general public and to generate support for … Read More

Access to Efficiency: Learning How to Farm

February 6, 2018Beginning Farmers

By Liz Brownlee, Co-Owner & Operator of Nightfall Farm My husband, Nate, knew one thing as a high schooler: he would never, ever work as a farmer. His high school summer job was on a grain farm near Franklin, Indiana, and while his bosses treated him well, the work was not, in his opinion, the … Read More

Pruitt Backtrack on RFS Troubles Farmers, NFU Says

February 2, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 2, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt yesterday repeated his calls for reform to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and signaled his agency would take a more conservative approach to setting RFS volume obligations each year. The comments are a direct … Read More

Access To Markets: Grain Futures

January 31, 2018Beginning Farmers

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Every farm and every farm family is unique. Beginning intergenerational farmers generally do not learn everything they need to be successful in a uniform or linear way. On different farms, the established generation may or may not be willing to share fieldwork responsibility, or be … Read More

NFU Urges Follow-Through on President’s Promises Regarding Trade and Infrastructure

January 30, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 30, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump continued his promises to turn the page “on decades of unfair trade deals” and to rebuild the nation’s “crumbling infrastructure,” both issues of major concern for American family farmers and ranchers. National … Read More

Access to Markets: Farmers Market Legal Toolkit

January 23, 2018Beginning Farmers, Blog

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy No volume restrictions, no need for brick and mortar investments, and the chance to learn about customers want directly. Participating in a farmers market is often the most immediate access to market available to beginning farmers. But for as quickly and easily as beginning farmers … Read More

Farmers Union Urges Increased Funding for Farm Safety Net, Releases Priorities for Farm Bill

January 22, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 22, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Given the persistent and ongoing economic challenges in farming and rural economies, National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on Congress to increase funding for farm programs in the farm bill and pass the legislation as soon as possible. The NFU Board of … Read More

Farmers Union Urges Restoration of Organic Livestock Welfare Standard; NFU Board Says Consistency Issues Threaten Viability of Organic Family Farmers

January 17, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – While bad actors in private industry pose consistent threats to the integrity of the organic food label, the federal government should not. Yet a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) … Read More

Access to Efficiency: CSP at Green Fire Farm

January 9, 2018Beginning Farmers

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Over the past few weeks, we have discussed the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) at length here on the Beginning Farmer Forum (BFF). CSP provides technical assistance and incentive payments to help beginning farmers establish installations or enhance practices that can reduce input costs or provide a … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Anticipating More Extreme Weather Related to El Nino

January 8, 2018Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Climate change is likely to impact or exacerbate extreme weather events related to El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO). According to The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “ENSO is a periodic fluctuation in sea surface temperature (El Niño) and the air pressure of the overlying atmosphere … Read More

NFU Applauds Rural Task Force, Urges Immediate Action and Federal Investment in Infrastructure

January 8, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 8, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity, a government-wide group including more than 22 federal agencies and led by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, today released a report to President Trump. The 23-page document identifies the many needs and … Read More

NFU Women’s Conference:  Ten Reasons to Attend in 2018!

January 3, 2018Blog

By Lisa Kivirist Just as we farmers care for our soil, we also need to nurture our minds and plant new idea seeds to shape a healthy business vision. That’s exactly what’s on the menu for women farmers at this year’s National Farmers Union Women’s Conference, January 15-18, 2018, at the Catamaran Report in San … Read More