Farmers Deserve the Right to Repair Their Tractors

May 24, 2021Blog

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Director Thanks in large part to the introduction of machinery like tractors and combines, farms today are far more efficient and productive than they were a handful of generations ago. Though these time- and labor-saving technologies can run tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, farmers often aren’t able … Read More

National Farmers Union and Group of Cattle Producer Organizations Hold Historic Talks to Address Problems in Marketplace

May 17, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 17, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) recently joined with five other organizations that represent cattle producers to agree to work jointly on issues in the cattle marketplace. On Monday, May 10, 2021, member leaders of American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National … Read More

Food Safety Spotlight: The ABCs in School Gardens

May 12, 2021Food Safety

By Billy Mitchell, NFU Food Safety Training Coordinator Farm to school programs continue to grow in popularity, with some schools taking part in hyper-local sourcing by using school gardens and farms to provide students with opportunities for taste testing and hands-on learning. Teachers tending these school plots may ask themselves, “how do we grow the best tasting produce while following food safety practices to keep our kids safe?” Thankfully, teachers are well-primed to … Read More

Alpha Gamma Rho Donates $2,600 to Support Farm Mental Health

May 7, 2021Blog

By Connor Hultman, previous Noble Ruler of Alpha Gamma Rho chapter at Iowa State University In the Fall of 2020, the men of Alpha Gamma Rho at Iowa State University set out to raise as much money as they could for the agriculturalists of the United States that make the world go around. After a … Read More

Farmers Union Encouraged that Agriculture is Incorporated into Biden Administration’s Conservation Principles

May 6, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 6, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737  [email protected]  WASHINGTON –  The Biden administration today released a report providing more details on how it plans to meet its earlier goal to conserve at least 30 percent of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030. Entitled “America the Beautiful,” the 22-page document outlines principles that … Read More

During Days of Advocacy, Farmers Union Members Advocate Immediate Climate Action

May 5, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 5, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737  [email protected]  WASHINGTON – As climate change poses an increasingly serious threat to farmers’ livelihoods and global food security, a group of National Farmers Union (NFU) members will be discussing meaningful legislative solutions with their elected representatives. “Farmers are no stranger to big challenges, but climate change is … Read More

FACA Recommends USDA Use Pilot Projects to Build Toward a Carbon Bank

May 3, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 3, 2021 WASHINGTON – The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA), now more than 70 members strong, has worked over the past three months to develop specific recommendations for how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) should approach a potential carbon bank. FACA began sharing those recommendations with USDA and Congress today. … Read More

USDA Must Prioritize Climate Change Across All Programs, NFU Says

May 3, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  April 29, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737  [email protected]  WASHINGTON – Agriculture is uniquely positioned to mitigate climate change – but farmers need the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) support to fully realize that potential, according to National Farmers Union (NFU). In comments submitted today, the family farm organization outlined ways UDSA could better … Read More

Food Safety Spotlight: Take 5 with Gretchen Wall of the Produce Safety Alliance

April 29, 2021Blog, Food Safety

By Billy Mitchell, NFU Food Safety Training Coordinator The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA), a collaboration between Cornell University, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is probably best known for developing the PSA Grower Training Course that growers and educators use around the country. Perhaps less well known, … Read More

Biden Outlines Priorities for Economic Recovery, Immigration Reform, and Climate Action During Congressional Address

April 28, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  April 28, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737  [email protected]  WASHINGTON  – During his first joint address to Congress, President Joe Biden tonight highlighted the progress the United States has made on pandemic recovery and laid out his strategy to create additional jobs and lift more families out of poverty. The linchpin of that strategy is … Read More

Food Safety Spotlight: Good Design for Good Practices

April 28, 2021Blog, Food Safety

By Billy Mitchell, NFU Food Safety Training Coordinator On a recent episode of the Tilth Alliance Farm Walks Podcast, Ryan Lichttenegger of Steel Wheel Farm in Fall City, Washington, and Andy Chamberlin, Agricultural Engineering Technician at the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension, dove into some of the ins and outs of DIY hygienic design. Lichttenegger recently … Read More

Food Safety Spotlight: Take 5 with Michigan Farmers Union

April 28, 2021Blog, Food Safety

By Billy Mitchell, NFU Food Safety Training Coordinator Over the past year, Mary Mcgraw and Blain Becktold provided outreach and education with the Michigan Farmers Union as part the Local Food Safety Collaborative, a cooperative agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We asked them to take a break to reflect back on this … Read More

Biofuels Coalition Readies for Oral Arguments in Supreme Court

April 26, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  April 26, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737  [email protected]  WASHINGTON  – In oral arguments scheduled for Tuesday morning, four agriculture and biofuel organizations will argue that the U.S. Supreme Court should affirm a unanimous 2020 decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, which heldthat only small refineries that have remained continuously … Read More

Agriculture Resilience Act a Thoughtful, Nuanced Approach to Climate Action

April 22, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  April 22, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737  [email protected]  WASHINGTON  – On Earth Day, Representative Chellie Pingree and Senator Martin Heinrich introduced the Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA), which sets a number of environmental targets for the agriculture sector to reach by 2040, including net zero greenhouse gas emissions. In order to reach those goals, the … Read More

Chauvin Verdict a Relief, but the Fight for Racial Equity is Far from Over

April 20, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  April 20, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737  [email protected]  WASHINGTON  –  330 days after Minnesota resident George Floyd’s death, a jury today found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder. National Farmers Union (NFU) called the act “an abuse of power and a horrifying act of violence,” and said it underscored the “urgent … Read More

Growing Climate Solutions Act Improves Credibility of Carbon Markets, NFU Says

April 20, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  April 20, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737  [email protected]  WASHINGTON  – In the midst of Earth Week, Senators Debbie Stabenow, John Boozman, and Mike Braun reintroduced the Growing Climate Solutions Act, which aims to provide certainty to farmers and ranchers seeking compensation for climate-smart agricultural practices through carbon markets. To achieve this end, the bill … Read More

 Diagnose and Discuss: Food Safety Clinic Benefits Growers

April 14, 2021Food Safety

By Billy Mitchell, NFU Food Safety Training Coordinator If you have a community-based farm and want to identify ways to strengthen your operation, there’s no better place to go for suggestions and solutions than other farmers— alongside some back up from educators who know your area well. Pennsylvania Farmers Union (PAFU) created a virtual space for urban growers to gather, learn, diagnose, and discuss areas for potential improvement on their farms at the Mid-Atlantic Produce Safety Clinic for Growers. The clinic … Read More

Drought Grips Western U.S.

April 8, 2021Blog

After a year riddled with pandemic-related challenges, farmers were hoping for an easy, uncomplicated growing season. Unfortunately, for many that dream seems unlikely, as much of the Western half of the country is experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the dry conditions can be attributed to “a weak summer … Read More

Small Business Loans Extended

April 1, 2021Blog

A day before the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was set to expire on March 31, President Joe Biden signed a two-month extension into law. The program, which provides forgivable loans to cover businesses’ payroll and other costs, is now open for applications through May 31, 2021. Though the term “paycheck” is used in the program name, businesses are not … Read More

Scaling Good Manufacturing Processes Education to Small-Scale Processors

March 31, 2021Food Safety

By Tricia Wancko, Food Safety Grant Coordinator Many small-scale farms and food businesses—whether they are chopping, canning, preserving, aggregating, or dehydrating value-added products—might not know where to begin when navigating the Preventive Controls Rule (PCR) of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). While many of these small processors may be exempt from parts of the rule, they still must comply with Current Good Manufacturing Processes (cGMPs). CGMPs are the foundation for … Read More

Farmers Union Encouraged by American Jobs Plan

March 31, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 31, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737  [email protected]  WASHINGTON  – President Joe Biden today unveiled a blueprint to “create millions of good jobs, rebuild our country’s infrastructure, and position the United States to out-compete China.” Known as the American Jobs Plan, the proposal outlines a $2.25 trillion investment over eight years to repair our … Read More

Biofuels Coalition Welcomes Amicus Briefs in Supreme Court RFS Case

March 31, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 31, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737  [email protected]  WASHINGTON  –  The Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, and American Coalition for Ethanol (collectively referred to as the “Biofuels Coalition”) thanked the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, South Dakota, and Virginia for filing an amicus curiae brief … Read More

Why Farmers Are Worried About Bill Gates (And Other Non-Farming Land-Owners)

March 29, 2021Blog

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Director You’ve likely heard the buzz that Bill Gates, in addition to being one of the wealthiest men in the world, is now also the largest private owner of farmland in the United States. Over the past several years, the billionaire has amassed a portfolio of 242,000 acres of cropland across … Read More

New Initiative Will Offer Pandemic Relief to Previously Overlooked Farmers, NFU Says

March 24, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 24, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737  [email protected]  WASHINGTON  – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the creation of the Pandemic Assistance for Producers, a new initiative to offer financial assistance to farmers and ranchers affected by pandemic-related disruptions. This endeavor will direct about $6 billion towards new outreach and support programs, … Read More