Derecho Flattens Crops Across Midwest

August 13, 2020Blog

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Director Hurricane-force winds tore through the Midwest this week, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The storm, known as a derecho, passed from South Dakota to Ohio, knocking out power for more than a million people, blowing down trees, damaging buildings and grain bins, and flattening crops. In … Read More

Pandemic Assistance Favors Certain Farmers Over Others

August 13, 2020Blog

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Director According to new analysis published this week by NBC News, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has disproportionately helped certain kinds of farmers more than others with its Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The publication asserts that the agency “favored large, industrialized farms over smaller, diversified ones, provided loopholes … Read More

JBS Plans to Buy, Convert Lamb Processing Facility

August 11, 2020Blog

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Director Brazilian company JBS, the world’s largest beef and pork processor, plans to buy the second largest lamb processing facility in the United States and use it to process beef instead, drawing concern from farmers, legislators, and anti-trust advocates. The plant, which is based in Colorado, processes about 350,000 lambs … Read More

Making Food Safety Practical and Profitable

August 5, 2020Blog

By Billy Mitchell, FSMA Training Coordinator  A mountain of paperwork just to wash your hands. Out of control costs with no end in sight. Common sense concepts lost in a maze of regulations. For a lot of growers, these are the real and perceived barriers that come with keeping our food safe. In the past … Read More

Farmers Market Pivot and Provide Safe, Local Food Systems

August 3, 2020Blog

By Billy Mitchell, NFU FSMA Training Coordinator Just five short months ago, National Farmers Union (NFU) members attending the organization’s annual convention breezed through Forsyth Park Farmers Market in Savannah, Georgia. Today, the scene would be unthinkable: customers hugging farmers, friends standing shoulder to shoulder, shoppers testing produce ripeness with their bare hands, families generously … Read More

Agricultural Innovation Agenda Must Reflect Environmental and Economic Challenges Facing Farmers

July 31, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As family farmers and ranchers cope with significant economic and environmental uncertainty, innovation will play a critical role in helping them continue to safely, sustainably, and reliably grow our food, fuel, and fiber for generations to come. In comments submitted today, National … Read More

How Has the Pandemic Affected Food Prices?

July 22, 2020Blog

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Director In the last 12 months, food prices at grocery stores have risen 5.6 percent –  the largest annual increase in nearly a decade. The severity of price increases vary drastically depending on the product; beef prices, for instance are 25 percent higher than they were a year ago, while those for … Read More

USDA Report on Cattle Markets Must Be Accompanied By Reforms to Industry, Farmers Union Says

July 22, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 22, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – In a report released today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provided an update on its investigation into recent market disruptions and price volatility in the beef industry. The investigation was prompted by complaints from ranchers, who attributed the … Read More

Farmers, Rural Communities, Hospitals Need More Support to Weather Pandemic

July 16, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 16, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, [email protected] WASHINGTON – The coronavirus pandemic continues to overwhelm rural hospitals, upend agricultural markets, and interrupt daily life as we know it, making it clear that family farmers and rural communities require additional support to withstand these trying times. In a letter sent today to Senate leadership, National … Read More

Regenerative Agriculture Unites Ranchers and Beekeepers

June 30, 2020Climate Blog

By Jeanne Janson, NFU Intern The answer to rapidly declining pollinator populations and the climate crisis may lie in an unexpected place: climate-friendly cow pastures. As climate change, disease, predators, and other factors decimate hives around the country, beekeepers are looking to pastureland managed with regenerative agricultural practices for a more sustainable future for their … Read More

Farming, Biofuels, and Public Interest Groups Challenge EPA on SAFE Rule

June 30, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON –  A broad coalition of ethanol, agriculture, and public interest groups are challenging the Trump administration’s recent fuel efficiency rulemaking, on that grounds that it downplays the harm from reduced emission standards, ignores the efficiency and health benefits of higher ethanol blends, and … Read More

This Dairy Month, Let’s Give Dairy Farmers Something to Celebrate

June 26, 2020Blog

By Bobbi Wilson, Wisconsin Farmers Union Government Relations Associate Every June for the last 83 years, Americans have celebrated dairy farmers. A tradition that began as a way to encourage consumption of milk during peak production season has since become an annual celebration of the hard work dairy farm families perform every day. In Wisconsin, … Read More

LGBTQ+ Farmers Work to Build Queer-Inclusive Rural Communities

June 24, 2020Blog

By Jeanne Janson, NFU Intern To understand how to build thriving rural communities, all we need to do is consider the ground beneath our feet. Healthy soil is complex mixture of organic and inorganic elements: clay and sand, worms and fungi, plant matter, and minerals. This hodgepodge forms the foundation that sustains all life on … Read More

Carbon Markets Contribute to Financial and Environmental Sustainability of Family Farm Agriculture

June 24, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 24, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As family farmers grapple with the dual crises of a global pandemic and climate change, carbon markets present a critical solution for both, according to National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew. In testimony presented today to the U.S. Senate Committee on … Read More

Farm Groups Launch Free Stress Management Course

June 23, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Following the December 2019 announcement of a new farm stress management online training course for employees and members of Farm Credit, Farm Bureau and Farmers Union, these organizations have supported the launch of a free online training available to the general public. Developed … Read More

Juneteenth and the Broken Promise of “40 Acres and a Mule”

June 19, 2020Blog

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Director For many Black Americans, Juneteenth is a day of celebration. Observed on June 19th, the holiday commemorates the day that the last slaves were freed in the United States in 1865 – two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln ordered their independence with the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the … Read More

Identifying Conservation Opportunities: Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool with Will Cannon

June 9, 2020Climate Column

The Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool (RSET) is a free program offered through National Farmers Union (NFU) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). It is available to help Iowa farmers, ranchers and land owners improve their working lands conservation efforts, and consequently improve topsoil and nutrient retention, as well as safeguard Iowa’s waterways. Will Cannon … Read More

To Protect Rural Communities from Floods, Climate-Resilient Dams are Needed

June 8, 2020Climate Blog

By Jeanne Janson, NFU Intern  America’s infrastructure has a climate change problem.    The Edenville Dam in central Michigan collapsed in May after heavy rain—nearly five inches in 48 hours—falling on already saturated land pushed the Tittabawasse River to record heights. The torrent poured into the surrounding area, destroying roads, homes, businesses, dams and farmland in … Read More

Price-Fixing Indictment Highlights Need for Stronger Antitrust Enforcement, Protections for Farmers

June 3, 2020Press Releases

June 3, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Four current and former executives at Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. and Claxton Poultry Farms, both of which produce chicken, were indicted today for colluding to inflate the prices of birds sold to grocery stores and restaurants. The latest of several price-fixing allegations against meat … Read More

Farmers Union Condemns Police Brutality, Calls for National Effort to Address Racism

May 29, 2020Press Releases

May 29, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – The killing of Minnesota resident George Floyd – the latest instance in a long and disturbing history of police brutality towards people of color – underscores the urgent need for racial justice and equity in the United States, according to National Farmers Union … Read More