Minnesota Court Folds Large Retailers into Packer Antitrust Suit

November 15, 2022Press Releases

November 15, 2022 Contact: NFU: Ross Hettervig, [email protected] R-CALF USA: CEO Bill Bullard, Phone: 406-252-2516; [email protected]   Nov. 15, 2022 – MINNEAPOLIS – Several large retailers and wholesalers (including Sysco, US Foods, Kroger, Hy-Vee, Albertson, Associated Grocers, Subway, SuperValu, and Cheney Brothers) recently filed claims similar to those brought originally in April 2019 by R-CALF … Read More

NFU President Rob Larew Participates in COP27 Panel

November 14, 2022Press Releases

November 14, 2022 Contact: [email protected] WASHINGTON – This week, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew participated in the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. In addition to serving as an official observer of the proceedings as a representative of the World Farmers Organization, Larew also joined the … Read More

Washington Corner November 2022

November 10, 2022Washington Corner

Nearing the end of the 117th Congress, voters flocked to the polls to cast their ballots for the midterm elections earlier this month. This included all 435 House seats, 35 Senate seats, as well as a large slate of state and local races.  Throughout the last month, with Congress largely out of town, NFU has … Read More

NFU Applauds Rollout of USDA Funds for Local Meat Processing

November 2, 2022Press Releases

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew released the following statement in response to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcing major investments in local and regional meat and poultry processing around the country. “For decades, consolidation in meat processing has put the squeeze on farmers, ranchers, and consumers while corporate monopolies rake in record … Read More

NFU Statement on USDA Debt Relief Announcement

October 18, 2022Press Releases

October 18, 2022  Contact: [email protected]  WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew released the following statement in response to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issuing information on critical new debt relief programs. These programs will help distressed borrowers holding Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans and are primarily funded through the Inflation … Read More

NFU President Rob Larew Participates in White House Hunger Conference

September 28, 2022Press Releases

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew participated in the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health today. This historic conference is the first of its kind since 1969. “Family farmers and ranchers work hard to feed their communities, and Farmers Union is proud to stand together in this fight to –– … Read More

Farmers Union Members Hold Successful Legislative Fly-In

September 15, 2022Press Releases

WASHINGTON – This week over 250 Farmers Union members from across the country arrived in Washington, DC to advocate for family farmers. Over the course of the week, Farmers Union members attended hundreds of Congressional meetings, met with over a dozen federal agencies, and directly participated in discussions with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Federal … Read More

NFU Statement on Passage of Inflation Reduction Act

August 12, 2022Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew issued the following statement in response to the U.S. House of Representatives passing the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: “The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act is cause for optimism for farmers and ranchers across the country, with historic investments in voluntary, incentive-based conservation programs that are … Read More

NFU Statement on Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

July 29, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 29, 2022 WASHINGTON, DC – National Farmers Union (NFU) strongly supports the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 as currently presented by the Senate. Overall, this bill invests $40 billion in agricultural and rural communities. “NFU welcomes the major investments in voluntary, incentive-based conservation programs for agriculture included in the Inflation Reduction … Read More

Next Generation Fuels Act Introduced in the Senate

July 26, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2022 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa introduced the Next Generation Fuels Act in the United States Senate, which increases gasoline octane to a minimum standard through low-carbon, renewable fuels. Farmers and consumers stand to gain from the economic and environmental benefits brought about by this legislation. … Read More

Food Safety Spotlight: Take 5 with Iowa Farmers Union

July 19, 2022Blog, Food Safety, Member Spotlight

By Kathryn Kavanagh, Food Safety Project Coordinator Since 1915, Iowa Farmers Union (IFU) members have worked together to strengthen Iowa independent family farms through education, legislation, and cooperation by supporting sustainable production, safe food, a clean environment, and healthy communities. Among the grassroots producers and advocates is Christina Dexter, Communications and Outreach Director at IFU. … Read More

Another Year of Local Food Safety on the Horizon

July 12, 2022Blog, Food Safety, News

By Kathryn Kavanagh A global pandemic, fragile supply chains, and rising food prices may sound all doom and gloom, but they’ve also sparked a new wave of interest in local food, with small-scale growers and processors busier than ever growing and providing food for their communities. Food safety is a top priority, as integrating best … Read More

NFU Hosts 84th All-States Leadership Retreat

July 7, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 7, 2022 Contact: Ross Hettervig [email protected]   Chippewa Falls, WI – Last week, youth members of Farmers Union from around the country participated in the 84th National Farmers Union (NFU) All-States Leadership Retreat. This year’s event was held at Wisconsin Farmers Union’s Kamp Kenwood on the shores of Lake Wissota near … Read More

NFU Statement on Senate Agriculture Committee Markup

June 22, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 22, 2022 Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected], (202) 557-5328 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Senate Agriculture Committee favorably reported S. 3870, the Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act of 2022 and S. 4030, the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act of 2022. Both NFU-supported bills will foster much-needed competition in the meat … Read More

NFU Delivers Sustainability and Fairness for Farmers Messages to the 2022 World Farmers’ Organization General Assembly

June 10, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 10, 2022 Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected], (202) 557-5328 BUDAPEST – Earlier this week, NFU President Rob Larew participated in the 2022 General Assembly of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) in Budapest, Hungary. The WFO General Assembly convened farmers’ leaders from all over the world, representatives of international organizations, governments, and the … Read More

NFU Foundation Announces 2022 Scholarships to Young Agricultural Leaders

June 9, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 9, 2022 Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected], (202) 557-5328 WASHINGTON, DC – To support the next generation of agricultural professionals, National Farmers Union Foundation (NFUF) today announced the 2022 recipients of its annual scholarship awards. Every year, the organization presents several scholarships to students in any area of study attending a two- … Read More

National Farmers Union Supports President Biden’s Raising of Ethanol Blending Mandates

June 3, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 3, 2022 Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected], (202) 557-5328 Brings relief at gas pumps and increases America’s energy independence WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Biden announced an increase in ethanol blending mandates for 2021. The increase is above the figure proposed in December and will more accurately align with U.S. consumption levels. … Read More

USDA Releases Proposed Rule to Reform Poultry Tournament System and Announces Further Meat Processing Investment

May 26, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 26, 2022 Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected], (202) 557-5328 NFU welcomes the rule and awaits additional actions to strengthen Packers & Stockyards Act enforcement  WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released a proposed rule to establish greater transparency in poultry growing contracts and tournaments. This is the first of … Read More

Food Safety Spotlight: Take 5 with Minnesota Farmers Union

May 23, 2022Blog, Food Safety

By: Kathryn Kavanagh, Food Safety Project Coordinator Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) works to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of life of family farmers, ranchers, and rural residents, incorporating legislative advocacy, education, and cooperation into all they do. Their work ranges from programs like Minnesota Foodshed, Minnesota Cooks, and youth summer camps all … Read More

NFU Hails Approval of the Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act by the House Ag Committee

May 18, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2022 Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected], (202) 557-5328 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 7606, the Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act of 2022. The bill would increase enforcement of competition laws and boost USDA’s resources to investigate abusive market practices. “Passage of this bill is a … Read More