New Data Highlights Continuing Need to Fight Opioid Addiction in Rural Communities

July 18, 2019Press Releases

Farm Town Strong campaign continues to offer help and support New data from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration shows that rural communities have the highest death rates nationwide from opioid prescriptions, more than three times the national average. A previously unreleased database from DEA tracking prescription painkillers showed that the highest per-capita opioid death rates from … Read More

NIFA, ERS Relocation Detrimental to Researchers, Family Farmers, and Consumers

July 18, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 18, 2019 Contact: Jenny Hopkinson, 202.554.1600jhopkinson@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) relocation of two major research agencies is “misguided” and “detrimental to family farmers and ranchers and rural communities,” according to the nation’s oldest general farm organization. National Farmers Union (NFU), whose 200,000 members support increased funding for public agricultural … Read More

Farmers Union Hosts 83rd Annual All-States Leadership Camp

July 9, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 9, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600hpackman@nfudc.org BAILEY, Colo.– Farmers Union youth members from across the country convened last month for the 83rd annual National Farmers Union (NFU) All-States Leadership Camp. Hosted each June, the event encourages young adults to explore their leadership potential, discuss current events and important issues, learn more about … Read More

NFU Urges Additional Improvements to USMCA

July 8, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 8, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– As Congressional leadership and the Trump administration work towards a compromise on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the country’s oldest general farm organization is urging additional improvements to the deal that could help to reduce health care costs and protect rural jobs before it is sent … Read More

EPA’s RFS Obligations Are Another Setback for American Farmers

July 5, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 5, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the year 2020. The proposal would set required biofuel use at 20.04 billion gallons next year, a marginal increase over this year’s 19.92 billion gallons. … Read More

Support Dairy Farmers with Accurate Labeling and School Milk Consumption

July 2, 2019Blog

By Emily Pliscott, NFU Intern During the month of June, National Dairy Month, we celebrated the hardworking family farmers that produce dairy products across the country. With the ongoing crisis of oversupply and depressed prices, it is even more essential that we support farmers today as they continue to provide nutritious food for their communities. … Read More

Dairy Together Fights for a Fair Dairy Economy

June 26, 2019Blog

By Bobbi Wilson, Government Relations Associate for Wisconsin Farmers Union Dairy Together is a grassroots movement to rebuild a fair, stable, and predictable dairy economy for family farmers and rural communities. This movement emerged in response to the current dairy crisis—we are now in the fifth straight year of low prices, and for many farmers, … Read More

Presidential Candidates Called Upon to Increase Fairness for Family Farmers

June 20, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 20, 2019 WASHINGTON – Today, 35 farm and food organizations called on elected officials and candidates running for office to address the disproportionate market power held by the giant agribusinesses that dominate livestock and poultry markets. The list of priorities for creating fair and competitive markets for family farmers is endorsed by groups … Read More

It’s Time to Reform the U.S. Dairy Industry

June 18, 2019Blog

By Allison Kaika, NFU Intern June is National Dairy Month, making it a good time to highlight the important role family dairies play in the global food system, while also reflecting on the economic difficulties that America’s dairy farmers are currently facing. The dairy farm is a cornerstone of American agriculture. Over the years, dairies have … Read More

USDA Announces Kansas City Region as New NIFA, ERS Site; NFU Disappointed by Lack of Transparency and Public Input

June 13, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 13, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– Ten months after introducing a plan to relocate and reorganize two major agricultural research agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it will move the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) to the Kansas City Region. … Read More

NFU, FFA Cement Partnership at MOU Signing Ceremony; Groups Work Together to Strengthen Youth Agricultural Education and Leadership

June 12, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 12, 2019 MINNEAPOLIS– As the average age of the American farmer approaches 60, National Farmers Union (NFU) and the National FFA Organization are working together to cultivate the next generation of American agricultural professionals. At a ceremony in Minneapolis, Minnesota, NFU President Roger Johnson and National FFA Organization CEO Mark Poeschl formalized … Read More

Hearing Highlights Implications of ERS, NIFA Relocation for Agricultural Research

June 5, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 5, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– During a hearing held today by the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, key stakeholders expressed concerns about the current and potential ramifications of reorganizing and relocating two major agricultural research agencies. In accordance with previous announcements, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is … Read More

NFU Applauds Year-Round Use E15, Urges Further Investments in Biofuels

May 31, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 31, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a final rule that will permit year-round sale of gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol, also known as E15. The rule’s finalization comes just in time to allow for summertime use of E15 this year, but does not … Read More

USDA Announces Details of Trade Assistance Package, NFU Urges Adoption of Supply Management Policies

May 23, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 23, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released initial details for a trade assistance package to support family farmers and ranchers struggling with oversupply and low prices due to international trade conflicts. The agency plans to allocate as much as $16 billion, including $14.5 billion … Read More

Over 200 Farm, Food and Rural Groups Support Agribusiness Merger Moratorium Bills

May 22, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 22, 2019 Washington, D.C. — Today, a broad-based coalition of 219 farm, food, rural, faith and consumer advocacy organizations delivered a letter to Congress endorsing food and agribusiness merger moratorium bills introduced by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Jon Tester (D-MT) and Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI). The Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust … Read More

Farmers Union Encouraged by First Step to Address Climate Crisis

May 21, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 21, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-559-9890hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today held a hearing dedicated to the issue of climate change and the agricultural sector. In written testimony, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson thanked the committee for addressing the deleterious effects of climate change … Read More

NFU Urges Congress to Halt Relocation, Reorganization of Research Agencies

May 16, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 16, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-559-9890hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Despite concerns about how it would affect the  quality, quantity, and objectivity of agricultural research, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is rushing forward with plans to move the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS), two major … Read More

Trade Assistance Must Help All Affected Farmers, NFU Says

May 15, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 15, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Following the recent escalation of trade tensions between China and the United States that will likely exacerbate the erosion of agricultural export markets and further depress commodity prices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expected to announce a trade assistance package to support … Read More

Chronic Oversupply, Depressed Prices Plague Dairy Industry

April 30, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 30, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In response to sustained depressed milk prices, chronic oversupply, farm-level consolidation, and a wave of farm closures, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture today held a hearing on the state of the dairy economy. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson … Read More

NFU Supports E15 Waiver, Pathway for Mid-Level Ethanol Blends

April 29, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 29, 2019 Contact: Alexis Dunnum, 202.554.1600 adunnum@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In the midst of significant financial stress in the U.S. farm economy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must deliver on the promises of President Trump and the intent of Congress to expand the use of biofuels and, therefore, demand for U.S. … Read More

Farmer’s Share of the Food Dollar Falls to All-Time Low

April 25, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 25, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – For every dollar American consumers spend on food, U.S. farmers and ranchers earn just 14.6 cents, according to a report recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS). This value marks a 17 percent decline since 2011 … Read More

Earth Day: Agriculture is an Essential Part of the Climate Solution

April 22, 2019Blog

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Coordinator On the 49th annual celebration of Earth Day, National Farmers Union (NFU) is highlighting the existential threat that climate change poses to American agriculture as well as the critical role of farmers and ranchers in mitigation and adaptation efforts. “Climate change is the single greatest challenge facing family farmers, … Read More

NFU Urges Implementation of E15 Waiver, Common-Sense Provisions for Higher Level Blends

April 18, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 18, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works towards allowing year-round use of E15 gasoline, National Farmers Union (NFU) is concerned EPA’s proposed rule will make it harder for retailers to sell higher level blends of ethanol. In a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew … Read More