2017 Fall Legislative Fly-In

Legislative fly-ins to Washington, D.C., allow rural Americans to explain the challenges facing the nation’s heartland. We invite you to join us in this important, grassroots advocacy effort.

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Soil Health Champions Network

April 24, 2017Climate Column

By Beth Mason, NACD North Central Region Representative  In 2014, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) began a three-year project to increase the adoption of soil health practices across the United States. The project consists of two initiatives – one focused on quantifying the monetary benefits of using soil health practices, and the other on … Read More

Farmers Union Marches for Science

April 22, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 22, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Marching in cities across the United States, members of National Farmers Union (NFU) joined the world’s first-ever March for Science today, emphasizing the vital role that science should play in everyday life and in federal policymaking. NFU President Roger Johnson, a third-generation … Read More

Why We’re Marching for Science

April 21, 2017Blog

By NFU President Roger Johnson Tomorrow, Farmers Union members from across the country will join forces with thousands of scientists, concerned citizens, and policymakers to stand up for robustly funded and publicly communicated science at the March for Science. Farmers rely on sound science and public research to maintain the stability of the food system. This includes … Read More

Access to Capital: Two Roots Farm & Slow Money

April 20, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Harper Kaufman, Co-Owner and Operator of Two Roots Farm Christian and I fell in love with farming not too long after we fell in love with each other. Before graduating from the University of Montana, we had our first farming experience at PEAS Farm, the university farm near campus. While there, we began to grasp the … Read More

Access to Capital: Slow Money

April 18, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Jimmy Dula, NFU Intern As public interest in local and organic food increases, new markets have emerged in response to higher demand for these products. However, producers often need access to additional capital in order to access these markets. In response, Woody Tasch authored Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered, a … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

April 17, 2017Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, Director of Conservation Policy and NFU Foundation As discussed in previous Climate Column articles, specific practices, like no-till farming and planting cover crops, allow farmers to mitigate and adapt to climate change. However, in many instances, simply keeping land in production will secure important climate benefits. The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Agricultural … Read More

Access to Land: The Birgen Farm Family & Succession Planning

April 14, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Lura Roti, South Dakota Farmers Union Like most South Dakota farms 50 years ago, the Birgen’s farm resembled that of the Old McDonald nursery rhyme. “We raised cattle, chickens, sheep, had milk cows and stock cows,­ but back then, everyone did. You sold cream and eggs,” recalls Matt Birgen, an 86-year-old Korean War Veteran … Read More

Access to Efficiency: Alicia Razvi & Women in Agriculture

April 13, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Alicia Razvi, President of the Wood-Portage-Waupaca County Chapter of Wisconsin Farmers Union In September of 2014, I walked into my first Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) meeting. The chapter was forming a youth program, and I was curious about local food. Little did I know, walking into that coffee house meeting would lead me on a … Read More

NFU Urges Trump Administration to Stay in Paris Agreement

April 12, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As President Donald Trump weighs the merits of keeping the United States in the Paris Agreement, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the administration to maintain U.S. commitments to global leadership on climate change. The Paris Agreement is vital to enhancing the … Read More

Access to Efficiency: Women in Agriculture

April 11, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Melissa Miller, NFU Director of Education As National Farmers Union’s education director, I am lucky enough to travel the country to visit with dozens of women in agriculture every year. From Virginia to Oklahoma, Oregon to Wisconsin, these women never cease to amaze me with their innovative ideas and consistent hard work. I see women … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Prescribed Grazing

April 10, 2017Climate Column

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Coordinator Here on the Climate Column, we have covered a number of conservation practices, many of which are specific either to cropland, such as alley cropping, or to livestock, such as waste management. One approach that incorporates both livestock and land is prescribed grazing, which, as NRCS describes it, is “the controlled harvest … Read More

Access to Land: Finding and Financing Farmland

April 6, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Ariana Taylor-Stanley, Owner and Operator of Here We Are Farm Though my husband, Adrian, grew up on a little farm, he has since become a computer scientist and, if not for my agricultural inclinations, would probably live in a sparse, walkable studio apartment in some metropolis. Conversely, I grew up in a downtown duplex and … Read More

Access to Land: Buying Land as a First-Generation Producer

April 4, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Jimmy Dula, NFU Intern Many clothing retailers don’t own their storefront, and bakeries often don’t own their kitchens. So why would farmers need to own their farmland? In any business, cash is king. Owning a large commercial asset, like farmland, ties up capital that could otherwise be used to grow a nascent business. In some cases, … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Riparian Forest Buffers

April 3, 2017Climate Column

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Coordinator Several weeks ago, the Climate Column introduced filter strips, also known as buffer strips, which are areas of vegetation planted between cropland and surface water to obstruct the passage of sediment and pollutants into environmentally sensitive areas. One subcategory of filter strips are riparian forest buffers, described by the National … Read More

Access to Markets: SNAP Connects Farmers and Consumers

March 30, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Cathleen Anthony, Greater Rifle Improvement Team Assistant at AmeriCorps VISTA My winter diet cycles through a couple of staples: rice, pasta, canned beans, cereal, and potatoes. These are not my favorite foods. I eat them because they’re cheap, can be found in bulk, and stave off the feeling of hunger. When you’re on Supplemental Nutrition … Read More

NFU Urges Trump Administration to Oppose Dow-DuPont Merger

March 29, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 29, 2017  Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Following European Union approval of the proposed merger between Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co., National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on the Trump Administration to block the deal. The merger, if approved by the U.S. Justice Department, would create the largest … Read More

Trump Executive Order Reverses American Climate Change Progress, Leadership

March 28, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In a sweeping and regressive executive order on energy, President Donald Trump today reversed years of progress in the U.S.-led fight against climate change. The order dismantles critical Obama-era policies that prepare the United States to mitigate and adapt to the effects … Read More

Access to Markets: SNAP & the Next Farm Bill

March 28, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Jimmy Dula, NFU Intern The United States farm bill, as one would expect, addresses agricultural issues such as trade, conservation, and crop insurance. Some would be surprised, however, to learn that food stamps and nutrition programs are also included in the bill. In fact, the 2014 Farm Bill allocated $756 billion in spending over 10 years … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Dynamic Cropping Systems: Tom Trantham’s Story

March 27, 2017Climate Column

By Laura Lengnick, founder of Cultivating Resilience, LLC This story is excerpted from Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate (New Society Publishers, 2015). Resilient Agriculture explores climate risk, resilience, and the future of food through the adaptation stories of 25 award-winning sustainable farmers and ranchers growing fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and livestock across America. … Read More

Access to Capital: The Meek Ranch Family & Business Planning

March 24, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Lura Roti, South Dakota Farmers Union Traditionally, Lakotas don’t have a background in farming or ranching, but they do have a strong heritage of cowboying and rodeo, explains Elsie Meeks. Meeks, 62, ranches on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with her husband, Jim, 71. “The Lakotas were a horse nation. Horses were essential to … Read More

NFU Applauds Withdrawal of AHCA

March 24, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Unable to gain adequate support for the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Congressional leadership withdrew the bill today. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response: “Today’s decision to pull the American Health Care Act highlights a … Read More