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

EPA Continues to Undermine RFS with Hardship Waivers

December 20, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 20, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – According to recent reports, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a “financial hardship waiver” to a refinery owned by Exxon Mobil Corp, exempting it from requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  Exxon Mobil is the largest American oil and gas … Read More

Farmers Union Applauds 2018 Farm Bill Approval

December 20, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 20, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump today signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law, authorizing and funding America’s farm and food programs through fiscal year 2023. National Farmers Union (NFU), on behalf of its nearly 200,000 farm family members, supported passage of the bill, as it provides some … Read More

EPA Continues to Undermine RFS with Hardship Waivers

December 20, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 20, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – According to recent reports, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a “financial hardship waiver” to a refinery owned by Exxon Mobil Corp, exempting it from requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  Exxon Mobil is the largest American oil and gas … Read More

Farmers Union Applauds 2018 Farm Bill Approval

December 20, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 20, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump today signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law, authorizing and funding America’s farm and food programs through fiscal year 2023. National Farmers Union (NFU), on behalf of its nearly 200,000 farm family members, supported passage of the bill, as it provides some … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Noble Research Institute’s Environmental Services Markets Plan 

December 19, 2018Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy While farmers have profound respect for the land and natural resources, the farm economy does not always adequately align profitability and stewardship. However, we are growing in our understanding of farmers’ ability to help address climate change and other environmental challenges through production and conservation practices. Noble Research Institute (NRI) is currently working to advance ecosystem service markets (ESM) specifically … Read More

NFU Backs USDA-FDA Joint Oversight of Cell Culture Technology

December 19, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 19, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The nation’s second largest general farm organization today backed efforts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish a joint regulatory framework overseeing production and sale of animal cell culture technology. National Farmers Union … Read More

NFU Backs USDA-FDA Joint Oversight of Cell Culture Technology

December 19, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 19, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The nation’s second largest general farm organization today backed efforts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish a joint regulatory framework overseeing production and sale of animal cell culture technology. National Farmers Union … Read More