TUCCA Steers Food Safety Education in New Direction

October 14, 2020Food Safety

By Melanie Arthur, NFU Intern “Parking lot, go ahead and blow your horns. Let everybody know that you are here!” food safety trainer and technical service provider Darrell McGuire shouted at the crowd. Alabama farmers and ranchers – who had drove their vehicles up to the Bethel Spring Missionary Baptist Church to hear speakers present … Read More

The Indigenous Origins of Regenerative Agriculture

October 12, 2020Blog, Climate Blog

By Tracy Heim, NFU Intern On the second Monday of every October, Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated across the United States to honor the original inhabitants of the Americas. On this Indigenous Peoples’ Day, National Farmers Union (NFU) celebrates the invaluable contributions of Native Americans and the Indigenous origins of many practices currently used in … Read More

Final Rule Fails to Address Structural Flaws in Conservation Stewardship Program

October 8, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a final rule detailing updates to its Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) as directed by the 2018 Farm Bill. In comparison to the interim rule, the final version places a greater emphasis on soil health – … Read More

Proposed Rule Would Deter Organic Fraud, Strengthen Label’s Integrity

October 5, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – The National Organic Program (NOP) opens economic opportunities and new markets for American farmers – but in the last several years, millions of dollars of non-organic products have been intentionally mislabeled and sold as organic, eroding consumer confidence in the certified organic … Read More

Stimulus Package Includes Critical Relief for Hungry Americans, Struggling Businesses

October 2, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Four and half months after the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act stalled in the Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the legislation. The $2.2 trillion stimulus package incorporates many provisions National Farmers Union … Read More

Continuing Resolution Averts Government Shutdown, Provides Support for Hungry Americans and Farmers

September 30, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – With just hours to spare, the Senate today narrowly avoided a government shutdown by passing a continuing resolution to fund federal agencies through December 11. The bill, which now awaits President Donald Trump’s signature, would also provide nearly $8 billion for nutrition assistance … Read More

Food Safety Spotlight: Kansas Farmers Union Connects with Urban Growers On-Farm and Online

September 30, 2020Blog, Food Safety

By Charlie Michel, National Farmers Union Education and Outreach Coordinator When a statewide COVID-19 lockdown upended their food safety event planning, Mary Howell and Mercedes Taylor-Puckett of Kansas Farmers Union (KFU) were quick to respond with creative solutions for delivering on-farm education to Kansas growers. A primary challenge was reaching producers in cities like Wichita, … Read More

Pandemic Revealed Need for Structural Reform in the Food and Farm System, NFU Testimony States

September 30, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON  – Pandemic-related disruptions have exposed underlying weaknesses in our food and farm system, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew told the House Small Business Committee today during a hearing. In both verbal and written testimony, Larew highlighted the need for significant structural … Read More

A Year After Move, NIFA and ERS Still Woefully Understaffed

September 29, 2020Blog

By Hannah Packman, National Farmers Union Communications Director A year ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) abruptly relocated two of its major research agencies – the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service) – from Washington, D.C. to Kansas City. The move forced dozens of experienced employees to quit, taking their expertise … Read More

NFU Welcomes Introduction of Next Generation Fuels Act

September 29, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Higher octane fuels like mid- and high-level ethanol blends are mutually beneficial for drivers, farmers, and the environment. Recognizing this, Representative Cheri Bustos today introduced the Next Generation Fuels Act, which would increase gasoline octane to a minimum standard of 98 Research Octane Number … Read More

Farm Preparedness Checklist for Covid-19

September 29, 2020Blog, Food Safety

By Melanie Arthur, NFU Intern The Covid-19 pandemic has created new challenges for our food system, especially for those operating or working on farms or in food facilities. To simplify and streamline pandemic-related decisions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a new resource, the Employee Health … Read More

Stopgap Funding Provides Important Relief for Farmers, Hungry Americans

September 29, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 22, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – With government funding due to run out next week, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed a continuing resolution that would keep federal agencies running through December 11. In addition to preventing a government shutdown, the stopgap measure would provide nearly $8 billion for … Read More

Second Tranche of Pandemic Aid Must Be Distributed Fairly and Equitably, Farmers Union Says

September 29, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 17, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – During a campaign rally tonight in Mosinee, Wisconsin, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would provide a second tranche of pandemic aid through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). He indicated that an additional $13 billion will … Read More

Farmers Union, MANRRS Team Up to Strengthen Diversity and Inclusion in Agriculture

September 16, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 16, 2020 WASHINGTON – In light of the fact that racial and ethnic minority groups are vastly underrepresented in agricultural professions, National Farmers Union (NFU) and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) are working together to foster diversity and inclusion in the field. During an online ceremony, NFU President … Read More

Farmers Union Welcomes Rejection of Gap Year Waiver Requests

September 14, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 14, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, [email protected] WASHINGTON – After significant pushback from American farmers and the biofuels industry, the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it would reject 68 requests for retroactive small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The decision comes nearly nine months after a Tenth Circuit Court decision that … Read More

Hundreds of Farmers and Ranchers Fight for Stronger Food System at NFU’s Fly-In

September 14, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As a global pandemic and extreme weather events batter an already weak agricultural economy, more than 400 farmers, ranchers, and rural residents are gathering online this week to speak directly with their elected representatives and administration officials as part of National Farmers … Read More

One in Eight Meat Plant Workers Has Tested Positive for Covid-19

September 10, 2020Blog

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Director Many years before the coronavirus pandemic, there were concerns that meat plant workers were at high risk of contracting contagious diseases – concerns that have only ramped up in recent months. For one, meat plants are cold, which increases the risk of transmission. Masks are the obvious protection, but the physical demands and … Read More

Join Us Next Week for NFU’s Fall Legislative Fly-In

September 10, 2020Blog

Next week, hundreds of hundreds of farmers, ranchers, and rural residents will gather online to speak directly with their elected representatives and administration officials as part of National Farmers Union’s (NFU) virtual legislative fly-in. While signup for the full event has closed, we are opening several of the fly-in sessions to the public. All three are … Read More

ADVISORY: NFU, MANRRS to Formalize Joint Commitment to Foster Diversity and Inclusion at MOU Signing

September 9, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 9, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – In a joint effort to foster diversity and inclusion in agricultural professions, National Farmers Union (NFU) and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) during a ceremony next week. The MOU, to be … Read More

Ethanol Coalition Welcomes Reports of ‘Gap-Year’ Waiver Petition Denials, Denounces Refiners’ Supreme Court Petition

September 9, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 9, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), National Farmers Union (NFU) and American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) today welcomed news reports that President Trump has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to reject dozens of so-called “gap year” small refinery exemption petitions … Read More

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

September 8, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 8, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As a global pandemic and extreme weather events batter an already weak agricultural economy, hundreds of farmers, ranchers, and rural residents will gather online next week to speak directly with their elected representatives and administration officials as part of National Farmers Union’s (NFU) virtual … Read More

Farmers are Losing Money on Many Major Commodities

September 3, 2020Blog

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Director The farm economy was weak long before the pandemic. For years, chronic overproduction  has severely depressed commodity prices. Global trade disputes that eroded export markets certainly didn’t help, nor did corporate control of the agriculture industry. But new pandemic-related disruptions have pushed down prices even lower than they were before – so much so … Read More

A Summer of Climate Change Activity in DC

September 2, 2020Blog, Climate Blog

By Jenny Hopkinson, NFU Senior Government Relations Representative It seems everyone in Washington is talking about agriculture’s role in combatting climate change. Across the government, officials are embracing the need for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving soil health – both of which are key for addressing the climate crisis. This summer, there was a … Read More