NFU Welcomes Stronger Protections from Corporate Abuse

June 11, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Following multiple allegations and indictments of price fixing and other anticompetitive practices in the livestock sector, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today indicated its intention to propose a series of rules that would offer family famers and contract poultry growers greater agency … Read More

NFU Foundation Awards Scholarships to Young Agricultural Leaders

June 9, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 9, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – To support the next generation of agricultural professionals, National Farmers Union Foundation (NFUF) today announced the 2021 recipients of its annual scholarship awards. Every year, the organization presents several scholarships to students in any area of study attending a two- or four-year accredited college, … Read More

 Food Safety Spotlight: Food Hubs and Food Safety

June 9, 2021Blog, Food Safety

By Billy Mitchell, NFU Food Safety Training Coordinator, & Tricia Wancko, NFU Food Safety Grant Coordinator “I’m really passionate about helping to make the local food movement in Alabama successful, and I feel like that is only going to happen if we are extremely creative and cooperative,” explained Farm Food Collaborative Co-Manager Carey Martin-Lane at … Read More

NFU, Ag Groups Urge Farm Labor Reform

June 9, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 9, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – In a letter sent to Senate leadership, the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) urged immediate legislative action to reform the American farm labor system. The coalition, which represents nearly 300 agricultural groups, described the shortage of legal, qualified workers as one of farmers’ “greatest challenges,” … Read More

NFU Applauds USDA Investment in Food Security

June 4, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 4, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As part of its ongoing efforts to address food insecurity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it will invest $1 billion in the nutrition safety net. Those funds will be split among several initiatives, including $500 million for The Emergency Food … Read More

Spring Brings Another Year of Local Food Safety Collaborative

May 26, 2021Blog, Food Safety

By Billy Mitchell, NFU Food Safety Training Coordinator Bags of asparagus. Hot pepper jams. Turkey tail mushrooms. Over the past year and half, consumers recommitted to sourcing locally and discovered diverse and delicious food close to home. They also turned to virtual options to learn how to cook, preserve, and source those local ingredients. Farmers … Read More

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