New Ag Census Provides Better Picture of Family Farm Agriculture, NFU Says

April 12, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 11, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, the most complete set of data for American agriculture available. The Census, taken every five years, provides an abundance of information about land use, farm ownership and decision-making, demographics, … Read More

Farmers Union Urges Trump Against ‘Disastrous’ Closing of the Southern Border

April 3, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 3, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Amidst escalating rhetoric and threats from President Donald Trump to close the U.S.-Mexico border, National Farmers Union (NFU) today insisted the President avoid such a “disastrous” decision, which would effectively cripple trade with U.S. agriculture’s top trading partner. NFU President Roger Johnson … Read More

Leading Farm, Conservation, and Wildlife Groups Unite in Support of Protecting Conservation Funding

April 2, 2019Press Releases

Washington, DC, April 2, 2019 – Having succeeded in protecting funding for the Conservation Title in the 2018 Farm Bill, more than 140 leading farm, conservation, and wildlife groups are once again joining together to protect those hard-fought conservation funds and programs in the fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations process. In a letter delivered today, … Read More

Hearing Highlights Impacts of ERS, NIFA Relocation on Family Farmers, Consumers, Researchers

March 27, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 27, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Highlighting concerns among legislators, farmers, rural residents, consumers and researchers for the proposed reorganization and relocation of two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research agencies, the U.S. House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee today held a hearing to examine the impacts of such a move. USDA … Read More

NFU, Broad Coalition Urge Full Funding for Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network

March 25, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 25, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In an effort to improve mental health support for farmers, ranchers and farmworkers, National Farmers Union (NFU) and a broad coalition of leading farm and rural advocacy groups are urging Congress to fully fund the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) in fiscal … Read More

U.S. Ethanol Consumption Declines for First Time in 20 Years

March 14, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 14, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – For the first time in two decades, ethanol consumption declined in the United States from 2017 to 2018, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. The decline follows two years of a dramatic spike in waivers being provided to oil refiners by EPA … Read More

Celebrating National Ag Day: Farm Families Essential to America’s Food System, Rural Economies, Natural Resources

March 14, 2019Blog

Family farm agriculture has for centuries been the lifeblood of America’s food system, and its continued success is essential in order for our country to have vibrant rural communities and pristine shared natural resources. As the country celebrates National Ag Day today, National Farmers Union (NFU) joined the food and agriculture community by highlighting the … Read More

NFU Applauds Release of E15 Waiver Proposal

March 12, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In a move to expand use of higher level blends of ethanol, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a proposed rule to allow the year-round sale of E15, or gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol. The timing of the proposed … Read More

President’s Budget Yet Again Neglects Severity of Farm Economy

March 11, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2019 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump today revealed his proposed fiscal year 2020 budget, proposing cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies in order to increase spending on a proposed border wall and defense initiatives. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger … Read More

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