NFU Honors 26 Congressional Champions of Family Agriculture with Golden Triangle Award

September 11, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 11, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– National Farmers Union (NFU) proudly recognized 26 outstanding U.S. Senators and Representatives who have demonstrated leadership and support at the federal policymaking level for family farmers, ranchers and their rural communities. The Golden Triangle Award, the family farm organization’s highest legislative honor, was … Read More

NFU’s Beginning Farmer Institute Holds First Session in Washington, D.C.

September 10, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 10, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON–National Farmers Union’s (NFU) ninth Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) cohort in Washington, D.C., this week for the first of three learning sessions that will take place during the next year. Twelve beginning farmers and ranchers from a wide variety of demographic, geographic, and agricultural … Read More

380 Family Farmers ‘Fly-In’ to Washington to Advocate Stronger Food and Agricultural Policy

September 9, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 9, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– After yet another year of depressed commodity prices, uncertainty in export and biofuels markets, rapid consolidation in the food and agriculture sectors, and extreme and unseasonal weather events, nearly 400 of National Farmers Union’s (NFU) family farmer and rancher members traveled to Washington, … Read More

Farmers Union Board Calls on Administration to Strengthen Agricultural Markets

September 9, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 9, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– In a pair of unanimously approved resolutions, the National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors called on the administration and Congress to address mounting financial difficulties that have been exacerbated by recent policy decisions. Specifically, they urged the resolution of ongoing trade disputes, the enforcement … Read More

EPA Must Support Biofuels, Uphold Intent of RFS

August 30, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– On behalf of its nearly 200,000 family farmer and rancher members, National Farmers Union (NFU) today submitted public comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging the agency to adjust their proposed Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) volume obligations for 2020. Though the … Read More

What’s the Point of Currency Realignment?

August 28, 2019Blog

By John R. Hansen, PhD, Founding Editor of Americans Backing a Competitive Dollar (ABCD) Editor’s note: National Farmers Union recently endorsed the Competitive Dollar for Jobs and Prosperity Act (CDJPA), a bill that would work to realign the value of the dollar and make U.S. agricultural exports more competitive abroad. In this Q&A, John Hansens explains the mechanism … Read More

Escalating Trade War Exacerbates Weak Farm Economy, Farmers Union Says

August 23, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– In retaliation against the United States’ most recent escalation in an ongoing trade war, China today announced that it will increase tariffs on $75 billion worth of American goods, including a number of agricultural products. Starting on September 1, the country plans raise … Read More

NFU Welcomes Thirteen New Participants for its 2019-2020 Beginning Farmer Institute

August 19, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 19, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– Building on over a century of agricultural education, National Farmers Union (NFU) today announced its ninth Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) cohort. Thirteen beginning farmers and ranchers from across the United States will take part in the education program, which promotes the success of … Read More

Trump Gave Green Light for Hardship Waivers: Reuters

August 16, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump directly authorized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) issuance of 31 small refinery exemptions (SREs) last Friday, per a Reuters report. The action will eliminate demand for biofuels by an estimated 1.43 billion gallons, bringing the total losses due to … Read More

Coalition Pushes EPA to Reconsider Limits on Higher Ethanol Blends

August 12, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 2019 WASHINGTON –In a joint petition filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals, a broad alliance of ethanol, agriculture, and clean fuel organizations requested judicial review of a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rulemaking that would limit ethanol blending and restrict the use of blender pumps. The Urban Air … Read More

EPA Grants 31 Hardship Waivers, Undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard

August 9, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 9, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– According to a recent Reuters report,  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved 31 of its 38 pending small refinery exemptions (SREs) for 2018. Recipients of the exemptions are not required to comply with renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). … Read More

Farmers Market Week Brings Communities Together

August 7, 2019Blog

By Allison Kaika, NFU Intern Fresh produce lining the street, neighbors mingling, the smell of baked goods wafting in the breeze. This is a scene many of us have come to know and love: a weekend morning at your local farmers market. In addition to the aesthetic appeal and community atmosphere, farmers markets stimulate the … Read More

Bankruptcy Bill Will Help More Family Farmers Access Relief

August 2, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 2, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– The U.S. Senate yesterday passed the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019, a bill that will expand family farmers’ access to relief under Chapter 12 farm bankruptcy rules by increasing the debt limit from $4.2 million to $10 million. The bill, which was … Read More

RFS Obligations Must Account for Hardship Waivers

July 31, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org YPSILANTI– Following the release of its disappointing 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today hosted a public hearing to gather feedback from farmers and other stakeholders on the proposed rule. The proposal would maintain … Read More

Currency Realignment Would Boost Economic Outlook for Family Farmers and Ranchers, NFU Says

July 31, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– With little relief in sight for persistently low commodity prices, U.S. family farmers and ranchers are facing a bleak economic future. But a bipartisan bill introduced today by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) would help restore prosperity to rural America … Read More

USDA Releases Details for Market Facilitation Program; NFU Urges Long-Term Solutions for Oversupply and Low Prices

July 25, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– Two months after announcing its intentions to provide a new package to assist family farmers and ranchers coping with trade damages, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released finalized details about the timing and calculation of direct payments to producers through the … Read More

Farmers Union Announces New Education Priorities

July 23, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Today’s farmers have to do more than just grow food; running a successful operation requires a broad range of skills, including marketing, business management, mechanical repair, and agronomy. To more effectively meet the growing needs of family farmers and ranchers, National Farmers … Read More

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

July 18, 2019Press Releases

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 2006 to 2012 were in rural communities in West Virginia, … 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