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

NFU Expresses Support for White House’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

May 9, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 9, 2022 Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected], (202) 557-5328 WASHINGTON – Earlier today, the White House launched the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a new program intended to close the U.S. digital divide by making reliable, high-speed internet affordable to many families in rural and urban communities. The program will provide an estimated … Read More

Farmers Union Donates $125,000 to Help Humanitarian and Agricultural Crisis in Ukraine

April 28, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 28, 2022 Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected], (202) 557-5328 WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union and Farmers Union Enterprises, owned by the state Farmers Union organizations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana, are donating $125,000 to help with the humanitarian and agricultural crisis in Ukraine. The contribution was directed through … Read More

Food Safety for All Types of Learners

April 27, 2022Blog, Food Safety

By: Katherine Olvera, NFU Intern How do you learn best? Some of us turn to workshops hosted by experts where we can see things firsthand and ask questions. Others like to do some learning from the comfort of our own home (or farm!), turning to online resources. As the Local Food Safety Collaborative (LFSC), a … Read More

Farmers Union Member Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

April 26, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 26, 2022 Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected], (202) 557-5328 WASHINGTON – Representing National Farmers Union (NFU) in a hearing today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Shelly Ziesch testified in support of S.4030, the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act of 2022 and S.3870, the Meat and Poultry … Read More

NFU Supports President Biden’s Approval of Year-Round E15, Regulatory Pathways for Canola

April 12, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12, 2022 Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected], (202) 557-5328 WASHINGTON – During a visit to Iowa this afternoon, President Biden announced an emergency waiver allowing year-round E15 sales, intended to provide economic savings for consumers and a boost for America’s corn farmers and rural communities. Additionally, the Administration outlined new provisions including … Read More

NFU Supports Revised Cattle Market Legislation

March 28, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2022 Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected], (202) 557-5328 WASHINGTON – Today, the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act of 2022 was publicly released, led by Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Ron Wyden (D-OR). The bill is a revised version of similar legislation introduced last year. … Read More

NFU Announces 2022-2023 Beginning Farmer Institute Participants

March 18, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 18, 2022 Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected], (202) 557-5328 WASHINGTON – To support the next generation of American agriculture, National Farmers Union (NFU) today announced the eleven participants selected for its eleventh Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) cohort. Over the course of nine months, attendees will participate in four sessions focused on technical … Read More

NFU Concludes 120th Anniversary Convention

March 1, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2022  Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected], (202) 557-5328 DENVER – The National Farmers Union (NFU) 120th Anniversary Convention concluded today following the adoption of the organization’s policy book and special orders of business. More than 450 members and guests convened in Denver, Colorado, to set policy positions and priorities that support … Read More

NFU Re-Elects Rob Larew as National President and Elects Jeff Kippley as Vice President

March 1, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 1, 2022   Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected], (202) 557-5328 DENVER – Delegates to the National Farmers Union (NFU) 120th Anniversary Convention re-elected Rob Larew as President and elected Jeff Kippley as Vice President. Their two-year term begins today and will conclude at NFU’s 122nd Anniversary Convention in 2024.  Kippley, who farms with … Read More

Roger Johnson, Sue Arends Awarded Farmers Union’s Highest Honor at NFU’s 120th Anniversary Convention

February 28, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 28, 2022  Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected], (202) 557-5328 DENVER – National Farmers Union (NFU) yesterday presented its highest honor, the Meritorious Service Award, to two longtime stewards of the organization, who have dedicated their careers to strengthening family farm agriculture. Former NFU president Roger Johnson and retired long-time NFU staff members Sue Arends, … Read More

Farmers Union Honors Eric Hurlock for Excellence in Agriculture Communications

February 28, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 28, 2022  Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected], (202) 557-5328 DENVER – For his work covering agriculture news and his podcast covering industrial hemp, National Farmers Union (NFU) today awarded editor and journalist Eric Hurlock with its 2022 Milt Hakel Agriculture Communications Award.  Eric is a podcast journalist and digital editor at Lancaster Farming, a family-owned newspaper that has … Read More

Farmers Union Kicks Off 120th Anniversary Convention

February 27, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 27, 2022  Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected], (202) 557-5328 DENVER – National Farmers Union (NFU) convenes its 120th Anniversary Convention this afternoon in Denver, Colorado, to celebrate American farm families and to set the organization’s policy positions and priorities for the coming year. More than 450 Farmers Union members from across the … Read More

NFU Announces Featured Speakers and Events for 120th Anniversary Convention in Denver, Colorado

February 15, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 15, 2022 Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected], (202) 557-5328 WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union’s (NFU) 120th Anniversary Convention will bring together members, industry professionals, policymakers, and reporters for educational sessions, award presentations, the organization’s signature grassroots policy adoption process, and an election for its next vice president. During the three-day event, family … Read More

NFU WOTUS Comments Urge Inclusive Rulemaking Process

February 8, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 8, 2022 Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected] WASHINGTON, DC – This week, National Farmers Union (NFU) submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Army’s (“the agencies”) proposed rule to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA). “Farmers and … Read More

Food Safety Spotlight: Bins, Brushes, and Brains

February 8, 2022Blog, Food Safety

By: Billy Mitchell Totes, fish baskets, buckets, RPCs, and more – harvest bins on a farm go by many names.  At the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association conference, TOFGA for short, farmers Lorig of Middle Ground Farm and Finnegan of Steelbow Farm presented about the bins they love, how and why they use them, … Read More

NFU Offers Support For New USDA “Partnerships For Climate-Smart Commodities”

February 7, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2022 Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected] WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack unveiled a new opportunity that will support farmers and ranchers in their efforts to fight climate change. The Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities will fund pilot projects to accelerate the role farmers and ranchers play in providing … Read More

House Judiciary Committee Addresses Effects of Concentration on U.S. Food Supply

January 19, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 19, 2022  Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected] WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Judiciary Committee, Antitrust Subcommittee held a hearing on “Addressing the Effects of Economic Concentration on America’s Food Supply.” In testimony submitted by National Farmers Union, President Rob Larew documented the extreme corporate concentration in America’s farm and food system … Read More

Hot Reads for Cool Nights

January 6, 2022Blog, Food Safety

By: Billy Mitchell & Tricia Wancko Y’all, it is cold outside. Sure, colder in some places than others—how Montana Farmers Union members survive the winter without their eyebrows freezing off, I’ll never know—but we’re all feeling the chill of winter and looking for some warmth and coziness. If you’re like us, nothing gives you the … Read More

“Fairness for Farmers” Campaign Central to Administration’s New Effort to Increase Competition in Ag Markets

January 3, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 3, 2022  Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected] WASHINGTON, DC – This afternoon, the White House hosted an event to discuss competition and capacity building in the meat supply chain. President Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese announced the Administration’s Action Plan … Read More

NFU Disappointed EPA Did Not Include a Pathway to Higher Level Blends of Ethanol in EPA’s Final Rule on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Passengers Cars and Trucks

December 21, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 20, 2021 Contact: Lyndsey Medsker [email protected] 202-557-5328 Washington – This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks without including requirements that could have increased the use of ethanol. The rule updates GHG Emissions standards through Model Year 2026. “The EPA … Read More