The Farm Bill is Set to Expire on September 30 – Here’s What to Expect

September 25, 2018Blog

By Liza Ayres, NFU Intern The farm bill is the most important and comprehensive piece of federal farm and food legislation. Its value extends beyond family farmers and ranchers to consumers, rural communities, and the environment, playing a central role in establishing a secure food supply, keeping food prices fair for farmers and consumers, and … Read More

Farmers Union Urges Fair and Consistent Application of the Term “Meat” Across the Federal Government

September 25, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 25, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As new, alternative “meat” products make their way onto grocery store shelves, National Farmers Union (NFU) is encouraging federal officials to establish a definition for “meat” that fairly and consistently informs consumers about the difference between meat products that come from livestock … Read More

Skills and Knowledge: Telling Your Story

September 20, 2018Women Farmers Weekly

Editor’s Note: Guest posts do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of National Farmers Union. By Charlotte Smith, President of Northwest Farmers Union If you had told me 15 years ago that I’d have a thriving raw milk dairy and diversified farm, I’d have laughed in your face! I grew up working on my … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Markets for Climate-Smart Ag Products in Missouri

September 19, 2018Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Regular readers of NFU’s Climate Column know there are many ways farmers can mitigate the negative effects of climate change. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers farmers technical and financial support to help interested farmers mitigate climate change and … Read More

NFU Opposes ERS, NIFA Reorganizations and Relocations

September 18, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging him not to reorganize and relocate the department’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) agencies. The NFU … Read More

White House Ups the Ante in Trade Dispute with China

September 18, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In a move that will further escalate trade tensions, the Trump administration yesterday announced its intention to place a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and threatened to levy tariffs on an additional $267 billion worth of imports. … Read More

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

September 13, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 13, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@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, … Read More

Family Farm Champions Urge Farm Bill Passage, Trade Support to Help Farmers Weather Growing Financial Crisis

September 12, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As family farmers and ranchers endure a growing financial crisis in the farm economy, a handful of congressional champions for family agriculture joined the National Farmers Union (NFU) Fly-In today in emphasizing the critical need for passage of the 2018 farm bill … Read More

350 Family Farm Advocates ‘Fly-In’ to Washington to Lobby Congress, the Administration

September 12, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Amidst an historic decline in net farm income and added disruptions in agricultural trade and biofuel markets, 350 family farmers and ranchers traveled to the nation’s capital this week to meet face-to-face with top Trump administration officials and members of Congress as … Read More

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

September 11, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 11, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union’s (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) convened this week in Washington, D.C., for the first of three learning sessions that will take place during the next year. Nineteen beginning farmers, representing demographical, geographical and production diversity in agriculture, traveled to … Read More

ADVISORY: Farmers Union to Host 350 Family Farmers for Fly-In

September 7, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 7, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Amidst an historic decline in net farm income and added disruptions in agricultural trade and biofuel markets, National Farmers Union (NFU) will host 350 family farmers and ranchers in Washington, D.C., next week to meet face-to-face with top Trump administration officials and … Read More

White House Announces Intention to Sign Renegotiated NAFTA

August 31, 2018Press Releases

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – After more than a year of renegotiations, President Donald Trump today sent Congress notice of intent to sign an amended North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The plan’s provisions will be established over the coming weeks and made public at least 60 … Read More

Net Farm Income to Drop 13 Percent in 2018, USDA Projects

August 30, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) today projected net farm income to be $65.7 billion in 2018, a $9.8 billion, 13 percent decrease from 2017. National Farmers Union (NFU), an advocacy organization for American family farmers and ranchers, … Read More

US, Mexico Reach Agreement on Trade

August 27, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 27, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump today announced that the U.S. and Mexico have reached a deal on terms to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), putting pressure on Canada to reach agreement with the two nations jointly or through separate bilateral agreements. … Read More

USDA Announces Details of Trade Aid for Farmers

August 27, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 27, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the details of the administration’s emergency aid package for farmers who are being targeted in an escalating U.S. trade war with China and other top trading partners. USDA will send incremental payments … Read More

Networking and Community: Farming with an Illness

August 24, 2018Women Farmers Weekly

Editor’s Note: Guest posts do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of National Farmers Union. By Vickie Dunnum, Co-Owner of Dunn-Hill Farm Spring is a beautiful time on the farm. It is a time of new life, new growth and something farmers look forward to all winter long. As farmers, we know that this season’s … Read More

NFU Foundation Awards Scholarships for Next Generation Agriculture Leaders

August 24, 2018Blog

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union Foundation (NFUF) today announced the 2018 recipients of the Hubert K. & JoAnn Seymour and Stanley Moore Scholarship awards. Jessica Jurcek of Jefferson, Wisconsin, received the Hubert K. & JoAnn Seymour Scholarship, a $2,000 scholarship award given in honor … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Markets for Climate-Smart Ag Products in Florida

August 20, 2018Climate Column

By Kiana Brockel, NFU Intern Regular readers of NFU’s Climate Column know there are many ways farmers can mitigate the negative effects of climate change. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers farmers technical and financial support to help interested farmers mitigate climate change and become more climate resilient. In … Read More

NFU, FUE & UAI Announce Alliance to Pursue Expanded Use Of American-Grown, High-Octane Biofuels

August 17, 2018Press Releases

August 16, 2018— In an effort to expand the market for domestic agriculture products, reduce harmful emissions, and provide consumers with lower cost fuel choices, National Farmers Union, Farmers Union Enterprises and the Urban Air Initiative announced they have formed a strategic alliance to expand the use of American-grown biofuels. The three groups intend to … Read More

Rights and Representation: Plate to Politics

August 16, 2018Women Farmers Weekly

Editor’s Note: Guest posts do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of National Farmers Union. By Ash Bruxvoort, Women, Food and Agriculture Network Communications Coordinator & Plate to Politics Coordinator National Farmers Union (NFU) is home to incredible women leaders. That’s why Women, Food and Agriculture Network’s (WFAN) Plate to Politics program, a nationwide effort to … Read More

U.S. Beef Producers Disadvantaged by Current “Product of U.S.A” Labeling Standards

August 16, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 15, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Current federal meat labeling standards are disadvantaging U.S. family beef producers by allowing products born, raised, or slaughtered outside of the United States to carry the “Product of the U.S.A.” label. These standards need to be changed immediately, according to the nation’s … Read More

Access to Markets: Cooperatives Benefit Beginning Farmers

August 14, 2018Beginning Farmers

By Jake Stukenberg, NFU Intern Cooperatives can provide services and products that help young and beginning farmers start up their own operations. Whether you are a dairy farmer, a grain farmer, or even a consumer in need of some tools, there are a variety of cooperatives, both regionally and nationally, that can cater to your … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Markets for Climate-Smart Ag Products in Colorado

August 13, 2018Climate Column

By Kiana Brockel, NFU Intern, & Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Regular readers of NFU’s Climate Column know there are many ways farmers can mitigate the negative effects of climate change. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers farmers technical and financial support to … Read More