NFU Joins Coalition in Highlighting Importance of Carbon Capture

March 7, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) joined the Carbon Capture Coalition in submitting a letter to leaders in Congress to highlight the importance of “carbon capture research, development, and commercial deployment as an essential component of a broader strategy to decarbonize power generation and … Read More

NFU Concludes 117th Anniversary Convention

March 5, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org BELLEVUE, Wash. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) 117th Anniversary Convention concluded today following the adoption of the organization’s policy book and special orders of business. More than 460 family farmers and ranchers convened in Bellevue, Washington, to set organizational policy positions that seek … Read More

Gene Paul, Paul Symens Awarded Farmers Union’s Highest Honor

March 4, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 4, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org BELLEVUE, Wash. – Family farm agriculture endures in the social fabric of the United States and as the backbone of a safe and secure national food system because of the tireless advocacy and hard work of men and women across the industry. National Farmers … Read More

NFU Kicks Off 117th Anniversary Convention

March 3, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 3, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org BELLEVUE, Wash. – National Farmers Union (NFU) officially convened its 117th Anniversary Convention this afternoon in Bellevue, Washington, to celebrate American farm families and set the organization’s policy for the coming year. More than 460 Farmers Union members from across the country are gathered … Read More

NFU Urges Secretary Perdue to Work with Congress on Improvements to the Farm Safety Net

February 26, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As the troubled farm economy pushes more and more American family farmers and ranchers into significant financial stress, National Farmers Union (NFU) today urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to work with Congress to make significant enhancements to the farm safety net. … Read More

NFU’s Success Built on 117 Years of Grassroots Policy Development

February 25, 2019Blog

By Aaron Shier, NFU Government Relations Representative Part of what makes National Farmers Union (NFU) a successful and credible political organization is its grassroots structure. NFU’s policy-setting procedure is completely driven by the organization’s ~200,000 farmer and rancher members, and the results directly guide our advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. The policy process begins each … Read More

NFU’s College Conference on Cooperatives Continues Excellence in Cooperative Education

February 19, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 19, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) hosted 71 students in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last weekend for its annual College Conference on Cooperatives (CCOC). The three-day conference provides an interactive learning experience for American agriculture’s next generation on the importance, structure and operations of various types … Read More

The Farm Safety Net and the 2018 Farm Bill

February 11, 2019Blog

By Matt Perdue, NFU Director of Government Relations No topic overshadowed the 2018 Farm Bill process more than the state of the farm economy. After a nearly 50 percent drop in net farm income, the majority of farms in the country are operating on negative margins. This financial stress left National Farmers Union’s (NFU) members … Read More

NFU Applauds Congressional Impetus on Climate Change

February 7, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York today released a framework for what they call a “Green New Deal.” The resolution is meant to kickstart broad discussions on how the U.S. will both mitigate and … Read More

Statement on Passing of Former NFU President Cyril H. Carpenter

February 7, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) mourns the loss of former NFU President Cyril H. Carpenter, who passed away on February 4, 2019. Carpenter grew up on a family farm in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, joining Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) as a lobbyist and secretary … Read More

President’s State of the Union Neglects Dire Farm Economy Conditions, NFU Says

February 5, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 5, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald J. Trump delivered his second State of the Union address tonight to a joint session of Congress, calling for renewed bipartisanship in the coming year to “break decades of political stalemate.” The president also touted gains for the U.S. … Read More

NFU Announces Featured Speakers, Themes for 117th Anniversary Convention in Bellevue, WA

February 5, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 4, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Family farmers and ranchers traveling to Bellevue, Washington, for the National Farmers Union (NFU) 117th Anniversary Convention will have the opportunity to hear from top speakers in American and international agriculture during the four-day conference. Andrew Winston, a globally recognized expert on … Read More

NFU Board Urges Significant Strengthening of the Family Farm Safety Net

January 29, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 29, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As the slump in farm commodity prices persists and trade disputes compound these market challenges, family farmers’ and ranchers’ economic security is at significant risk, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors. The NFU Board passed a resolution calling … Read More

NFU Board Urges Significant Strengthening of the Family Farm Safety Net

January 29, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 29, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As the slump in farm commodity prices persists and trade disputes compound these market challenges, family farmers’ and ranchers’ economic security is at significant risk, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors. The NFU Board passed a resolution calling … Read More

NFU Board Calls for Immediate End to Government Shutdown

January 18, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The partial government shutdown—soon to enter its fifth week—is causing harm and exacerbating issues already facing American family farmers and ranchers as they look to sell their crops, acquire financing and prepare for the coming year. As such, the National Farmers Union … Read More

NFU Board Calls for Immediate End to Government Shutdown

January 18, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The partial government shutdown—soon to enter its fifth week—is causing harm and exacerbating issues already facing American family farmers and ranchers as they look to sell their crops, acquire financing and prepare for the coming year. As such, the National Farmers Union … Read More

USDA Announces Temporary Reopening of FSA Offices – Farmers Union Urges Members to Take Advantage of Services

January 16, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 16, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it would reopen Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices for three days to provide farmers with select services amidst a government shutdown that has closed agency offices. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson sent … Read More

USDA Announces Temporary Reopening of FSA Offices – Farmers Union Urges Members to Take Advantage of Services

January 16, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 16, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it would reopen Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices for three days to provide farmers with select services amidst a government shutdown that has closed agency offices. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson sent … Read More

Environmental Sustainability in the 2018 Farm Bill

January 16, 2019Blog

By Matt Perdue, NFU Government Relations Director Environmental sustainability is critical for the future of family farming and ranching and for the health of our rural communities. As concerns over water quality, soil health and the wide-ranging effects of climate-change mount, incentives-based conservation programs are more important now than ever.   The 2018 Farm Bill maintains … Read More

USDA to Send Trade Relief to JBS, Brazil’s Largest Meatpacker – Farmers Union Says Funds Should be Targeted to American Farmers and Ranchers

January 10, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 10, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will purchase roughly 1.8 million pounds of pork products from Brazilian firm JBS, one of the world’s largest meatpackers, using funds appropriated by the Trump Administration to help American family farmers and ranchers weather the administration’s … Read More

USDA to Send Trade Relief to JBS, Brazil’s Largest Meatpacker – Farmers Union Says Funds Should be Targeted to American Farmers and Ranchers

January 10, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 10, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will purchase roughly 1.8 million pounds of pork products from Brazilian firm JBS, one of the world’s largest meatpackers, using funds appropriated by the Trump Administration to help American family farmers and ranchers weather the administration’s … Read More

Diverse Market Opportunities and the 2018 Farm Bill

January 8, 2019Blog

By Aaron Shier, NFU Government Relations Representative Though traditional commodity markets remain a large source of revenue, the market for locally or regionally produced food, value-added products, and organic agriculture are becoming increasingly important for farmers. Why are diverse market opportunities so important? Local and regional marketplaces, with their shorter supply chains, can help farmers … Read More

Diverse Market Opportunities and the 2018 Farm Bill

January 8, 2019Blog

By Aaron Shier, NFU Government Relations Representative Though traditional commodity markets remain a large source of revenue, the market for locally or regionally produced food, value-added products, and organic agriculture are becoming increasingly important for farmers. Why are diverse market opportunities so important? Local and regional marketplaces, with their shorter supply chains, can help farmers … Read More