Access to Land: Succession Planning

December 8, 2016Beginning Farmers, Blog

For beginning producers who farm and ranch on intergenerational family operations, good succession planning is essential to securing access to land. By Brittany Ann Bula, Wisconsin Farmers Union, Beginning Farmer Institute 2016-2017 As a 4th generation farmer, and as my parents grow older, the touchy subject of secession farming is brought up more often than not. … Read More

NFU Opens Registration for 115th Anniversary Convention

December 8, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (December 8, 2016) – National Farmers Union announced that registration is open for its 115th Anniversary Convention. The conference, which gathers family farmers and ranchers from across the country, industry professionals and notable speakers, will be held March 5-8th, 2017 at the Catamaran … Read More

More than 1,000 Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Attend NFU Online Conference

December 8, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (December 8, 2016) – This week, National Farmers Union (NFU) brought together more than 1,000 beginning farmers and ranchers for the first online-only conference focused exclusively on education for the next generation of agriculture. From December 5-8, attendees virtually joined educational sessions focused … Read More

Access to Land: Introduction

December 8, 2016Beginning Farmers, Blog

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education National Farmer Union’s historic concern and advocacy for the vitality of family farming and rural communities demands that every person involved with the organization works to ensure beginning producers can successfully engage in farming and support their families with sustainable businesses. NFU’s policy, established by the … Read More

NFU Applauds Inclusion of FSA Funding in Congressional Spending

December 7, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 7, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (December 7, 2016) – As the 114th Congress works to pass a spending bill that would fund the government through April 2017, National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased that the package considers the plight of the farm economy. The continuing resolution includes a … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Field Borders

December 5, 2016Climate Column

By Trixie Wessel, NFU Intern In the past, the Climate Column has discussed practices such as strip-till, no-till, and cover crops to prevent erosion and improve soil health. Another important practice with similar benefits is the establishment of field borders, strips of vegetation at the perimeter of a field. Generally composed of stiff-stemmed upright grasses or … Read More

Considering CRP Grasslands Enrollment? There’s Still Time.

November 30, 2016Blog

Farmers and ranchers rely on natural resources to grow food and raise livestock, which makes programs that voluntarily incentivize conservation practices – like the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) – even more pertinent to rural America. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certainly recognizes the benefits of voluntary, incentive-based conservation practices. On November 30, the USDA … Read More

Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Warmer Winters

November 28, 2016Climate Column

By Tom Somrack, NFU Government Relations Intern As previously noted on the Climate Column, rising temperatures resulting from climate change can have serious repercussions for both crop growers and livestock producers. In addition to the basic issues related to rising temperatures, warmer winters pose their own unique set of potential problems for producers. USDA’s Regional Vulnerability Assessments explain how a decrease in … Read More

EPA Sets Right Tone for Advanced Biofuels with RFS Announcement, NFU Says

November 23, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 23, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (November 23, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume obligations, setting conventional renewable fuels at the 15 billion volume level established by Congress. In response, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson released the … Read More

Farmers Receive Less Than Twenty Percent of Thanksgiving Retail Food Dollar, NFU Farmer’s Share Shows

November 21, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (November 21, 2016) – Consumers’ holiday food costs have declined, but farmers still receive less than 20 percent of the food dollar, according to the annual Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmer’s Share publication. The popular Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Mulch Till

November 21, 2016Climate Column

By Alexis Dunnum, NFU Intern In previous blog posts, the NFU Climate Column covered both no-till and strip-till practices as climate friendly alternatives to conventional methods. Both of these alternative conservation tilling methods allow the soil to retain more water than conventional methods, giving crops the opportunity to thrive even during dry spells. Yet another of … Read More

No-Vote Action on TPP a “Significant Victory” for Family Farmers and Ranchers, NFU Says

November 16, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (November 16, 2016) – A staunch opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, National Farmers Union (NFU) commended Congress for agreeing to forgo a last minute vote and reexamine the deeply flawed trade agreement. NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement … Read More

NFU Backs ‘American Food for American Schools’ Legislation

November 15, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 15, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (November 15, 2016) – Recognizing the need to improve sourcing of American-grown food products by U.S. schools, National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded the introduction of the “American Food for American Schools Act of 2016.” The legislation aims to enforce provisions of the Richard … Read More

Trade, RFS Among Issues NFU Ready to Tackle with Trump Administration

November 14, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (November 14, 2016) – National Farmers Union (NFU) extended a congratulatory letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump, outlining opportunities to work together with the new administration on several common ground farm policy issues. “We appreciate the attention that Mr. Trump paid to issues … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Contour Farming

November 14, 2016Climate Column

By Alexis Dunnum, NFU Intern As stated in the NFU Climate Column on extreme precipitation, “Projected increases in heavy precipitation combined with milder winters is expected to increase total runoff and peak stream flow during the winter and spring, which may increase the magnitude or frequency of flooding.” With heavy rainfall likely to occur more often, … Read More

Unfair Foreign Labor Standards Are Another Reason to Question TPP, NFU Says

November 10, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (November 10, 2016) – As the clock is ticking for Congress to take up the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging lawmakers to oppose a lame duck vote on the multinational trade agreement. The farm organization, representing nearly 200,000 family … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Strip-Till

November 7, 2016Climate Column

By Alexis Dunnum, NFU Intern As discussed in the recent Climate Column post on no-till farming, practicing alternatives to tilling can increase the amount of organic matter in the soil, allowing for water retention even during dry periods. Another tilling alternative that has the many of the same soil benefits is strip-till. Strip-till is a conservation … Read More

NFU Beginning Farmers Travel to California for On-Farm Learning Sessions

November 7, 2016Beginning Farmers, Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 7, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org SALINAS, Calif. (November 7, 2016) – The National Farmers Union (NFU) Beginning Farmers Institute (BFI) reconvened in Salinas, California, on Friday, November 4, for the second of three annual programming sessions. Seventeen beginning farmers and ranchers from across the country attended the two-day, hands-on learning … Read More

Dairy Survey Underscores Producer Opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

November 7, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 7, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (November 7, 2016) – As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) struggles to gain support on Capitol Hill, Wisconsin dairy farmers overwhelmingly agree that Congress should reject the trade agreement in its current form. In a survey of all dairy producers in Wisconsin, conducted by Wisconsin … Read More

NFU Defends Family Farmers Against Proposed Rule Change to Estate Tax

November 3, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (November 2, 2016) – National Farmers Union (NFU) submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) urging that a proposed rule change for the taxable value of assets be amended to consider family farmers and ranchers. The law currently provides meaningful relief for … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Cover Crops

October 31, 2016Climate Column

By Alexis Dunnum, NFU Intern In the previous Climate Leaders post, we discussed the soil health benefits of no-till farming, and we will soon discuss strip-till, and mulch till. Although these practices vary slightly, something they all have in common is their use of crop residue, which comes from using cover crops. According to the … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? No-Till

October 24, 2016Climate Column

By Alexis Dunnum, NFU Intern Previous NFU Climate Column posts have explained that drought and erosion from extreme precipitation are anticipated to become more prevalent if the planet continues to heat up. When tilling is avoided, the organic matter within the soil can attract and retain water. This ensures proper hydration for the plant, even during dry … Read More

NFU Defends Family Beef Producers Against Meatpackers’ Aggressive Market Control

October 21, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 21, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (October 21, 2016) – As the weakened farm economy continues to take a toll on family farmers and ranchers, National Farmers Union (NFU) is criticizing meatpackers for driving down prices for  independent beef producers. Data released last week showed that family cow-calf producers … Read More

NFU Representatives Ensure Family Farmers and Ranchers Have a Seat at the Table for International Policy Development

October 19, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (October 19, 2016) – Representatives of National Farmers Union (NFU) appealed to international policymakers this week, requesting that the perspective of family farmers and ranchers be better represented in the global food security and nutrition arena. NFU Vice President of International Relations Dave … Read More

President’s New Proposals Set the Stage for Improved Agricultural Trade with Cuba, NFU Says

October 17, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 17, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (October 17, 2016) – Effective today, the White House’s new proposals on the Presidential Policy Directive on Cuba present a major step towards improved trade relations with Cuba. In response to the administration’s action, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson released the … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Adaptation

October 17, 2016Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education USDA’s report Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation states that “Climate change presents an unprecedented challenge to the adaptive capacity of U.S. agriculture. Current climate change effects are increasing the complexity and uncertainty of agricultural management.” NFU’s blog has highlighted many … Read More

USDA’s Action on Long-Awaited Farmer Fair Practices Rules a Win for Family Farmers and Ranchers, NFU Says

October 14, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (October 14, 2016) – Following months of progress on the long-awaited Farmer Fair Practices Rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), which would provide needed contract protections for livestock producers and poultry growers, National Farmers … Read More

NFU Appreciates Lawmaker Support for Direct Dairy Assistance as Farmers Struggle to Stay in Business

October 14, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (October 14, 2016) – As U.S. dairy producers are facing the business-crippling burden of multi-year price lows, National Farmers Union (NFU) praised several lawmakers for their support of critically needed assistance for the nation’s dairy sector. Two letters, championed by Sens. Patrick Leahy … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Mitigation

October 11, 2016Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education Through the Climate Column posts to date, NFU has been pointing out the challenges to ensuring food security that farmers face as climate change impacts the natural systems upon which they rely to grow food. Farmers’ dependence on these systems places them among the first … Read More

Farmers Union Television Program Nominated for 3rd Emmy® Award

October 4, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 4, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (October 4, 2016) – A farm-to-table television program produced with the Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) was nominated for its third Emmy® Award by the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Farm Fresh Road Trip takes viewers around … Read More

Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Waste Management

October 3, 2016Climate Column

By Tom Somrack, NFU Government Relations Intern All livestock create manure and waste, and how this waste is managed can influence climate change. According to USDA’s Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture, manure management programs can significantly decrease greenhouse gas emissions. When livestock manure is treated and stored in anaerobic conditions, decomposition results in large emissions of … Read More

NFU Commends Sen. Stabenow for Championing Support for Urban Agriculture 

September 26, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 26, 2016) – Supporting the effort to bridge the divide between urban and rural America through agriculture, National Farmers Union (NFU) commended Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) for championing new legislation that fosters opportunities for urban agriculture.  The Urban Agriculture … Read More

Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Forage and Grazing Lands

September 26, 2016Climate Column

By Tom Somrack, NFU Government Relations Intern Grazing lands continue to be under pressure by countless factors, including: cropland conversion, wildlife, an increase in forestation, urbanization, and climate change. Grazing and Pasture Lands have been named by Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, as one of the Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture.  USDA has set … Read More

NFU VP of International Relations Represents World’s Farmers in UN Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance

September 22, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 22, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 22, 2016) – National Farmers Union (NFU) General Counsel and Vice President of International Relations Dave Velde represented the world’s farmers yesterday before a high-level meeting of the United Nations (U.N.) to discuss global antibiotic resistance. The meeting concluded with the 193 … Read More

Veterans and Agriculture: An Opportunity to Revitalize Farming

September 21, 2016Blog

By U.S. Congressman Tim Walz (MN-01) By now folks across the country are well aware that the average age of American farmers and ranchers is just over 58 years old. Less well known is the fact that 200,000 military personnel are discharged from the armed services each year. As a Member of Congress who serves … Read More

NFU Joins in Promoting Safe Practices During National Farm Safety and Health Week 

September 20, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 20, 2016) – As farmers are preparing to begin the fall harvest, National Farmers Union (NFU) joined in the effort to promote safe practices on and around the farm during National Farm Safety and Health Week. President Barack Obama designated farm safety week to … Read More

NFU Asks Senate Judiciary Panel for More Oversight of Failing Antitrust Enforcement in Agriculture

September 20, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 20, 2016) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today joined a panel of industry leaders to testify before members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about the alarming trend of consolidation in agriculture. Less than a week after 275 NFU members … Read More

Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Pathogens and Parasites

September 19, 2016Climate Column

By Tom Somrack, NFU Government Relations Intern Climate change affects the rate and spread of pathogen and parasitic diseases. According to the USDA Regional Vulnerability Assessments, warmer temperatures have resulted in insects, weeds, and crop diseases moving north and to higher elevations, or surviving winters that used to keep them in check. Overall, pest, weed, and … Read More

NFU Honors 44 Congressional Champions of Agriculture with Golden Triangle Award

September 14, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 14, 2016) – Having champions in Congress to ensure Americans have strong food and farm policies is important, and National Farmers Union (NFU) proudly recognized 44 outstanding Senators and Representatives who have demonstrated leadership and support for family farmers and ranchers and … Read More

NFU Condemns Bayer/Monsanto Deal, Asks for Critical Review of Consolidation in Ag

September 14, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 14, 2016) – In response to today’s announcement of a $66 billion merger deal between Bayer AG and Monsanto Co., National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson issued the following statement: “Consolidation of this magnitude cannot be the standard for agriculture, nor should … Read More

National Farmers Union and Farm Aid Partner to Ask Congress for Immediate Assistance for Financially-Strained Farm Sector

September 13, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 13, 2016 Contact: National Farmers Union: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106, ajerome@nfudc.org Farm Aid: Brittany Vanderpool, 202-248-5487, bvanderpool@vancomm.com WASHINGTON– Bolstered by National Farmers Union (NFU) and Farm Aid, 275 family farmers are uniting this week at the U.S. Capitol to ask for emergency assistance and increased funding to address the harsh economic realities brought on by historically … Read More

NFU to Add Agriculture Policy Veteran to Lead Public Policy and Communications

September 13, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 12, 2016) – National Farmers Union (NFU) today hired a veteran agriculture policy specialist to lead the organization’s policy team through the upcoming Farm Bill. Robert Larew will join NFU as Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications on November 14. … Read More

NFU Hosts 275 Farmers Union Members in D.C. for Fall Legislative Fly-In

September 12, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 12, 2016) – Today, 275 Farmers Union members gathered in Washington D.C. for the National Farmers Union (NFU) Fall Legislative Fly-In. The annual event allows Farmers Union members from across the country to meet directly with lawmakers, USDA leaders and other administration … Read More

NFU Beginning Farmer Institute Begins with Learning Session in Washington D.C.

September 12, 2016Beginning Farmers, Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 12, 2016) – National Farmers Union’s (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) convened this weekend in Washington, D.C., for the first of three learning sessions that will take place during the next year. Seventeen beginning farmers, representing demographical, geographical and production diversity in … Read More

2016 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.

NFU Defends Family Farmers and Ranchers Against Conservative Think Tank Report Attacking Farm Programs

September 8, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 8, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 8, 2016) – Responding to a new report challenging the validity of the farm safety net, National Farmers Union defended the importance of risk management programs for family farmers and ranchers facing severe financial stress during the farm economic downturn. The report, … Read More

NFU Supports Bipartisan Effort to Encourage Participation in USDA Conservation Programs

September 7, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 7, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 7, 2016) – Recognizing the importance of fostering conservation and sustainability practices, National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased by yesterday’s introduction of bipartisan legislation that would ease burdensome requirements for landowners participating in voluntary U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation programs. The … Read More

NFU Says Farmers and Ranchers Stand to Lose Most from Bayer/Monsanto Deal

September 6, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 6, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (September 6, 2016) – Today’s announcement that the proposal by Bayer AG to purchase Monsanto Co. is progressing towards an agreeable deal perpetuates the alarming trend of consolidation in agriculture. In response to the latest merger talks, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson … Read More

Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Pest and Weed Pressure

September 6, 2016Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education Prior posts to NFU’s blog on climate change’s impacts on wildfire and temperature increases mention changing and increasing pest and weed pressure as negative consequences of climate change. Changing and increasing pest and weed pressure are concerns in all continental U.S. Climate Hub Regions. Farmers know … Read More