Washington Corner March 2023

March 17, 2023Washington Corner

March 2023 Throughout February and early March, NFU was busy preparing for our annual convention. The convention was a success, with nearly 500 family farmers and ranchers and guests in attendance. Farmers Union delegates and members from across the country gathered to set NFU’s policy priorities for the year and heard from agricultural experts and … Read More

NFU Concludes 121st Anniversary Convention, Looks to Have Major Impact on 2023 Farm Bill

March 7, 2023Press Releases

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, National Farmers Union (NFU) concluded their 121st Anniversary Convention held in San Francisco, California. With an agenda that was focused on the ability of NFU and Farmers Union members to create change, delegates and attendees heard from United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, keynote speaker Dr. Glenda Humiston, Speaker Emerita … Read More

NFU Presents Luke Runyon of KUNC with Milt Hakel Award for Excellence in Agricultural Journalism

March 6, 2023Press Releases

SAN FRANCISCO – At the 121st Anniversary Convention of National Farmers Union (NFU), Luke Runyon of Greeley, Colorado was awarded the 2023 Milt Hakel Award for Excellence in Agricultural Journalism. Luke Runyon is a reporter covering the Colorado River Basin for public radio station KUNC. His investigations show how water issues can both unite and divide communities … Read More

NFU Applauds USDA Announcement on Product of USA Labeling

March 6, 2023Press Releases

SAN FRANCISCO –  At the 121st Anniversary Convention of National Farmers Union (NFU), Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced a proposed rule regarding the voluntary “Product of USA” label for meat, poultry and egg products. NFU applauds this proposed rule which will close loopholes that allow meat from imported animals to be labeled as “Product of … Read More

NFU Supportive of EPA Proposed Rule on E15 Expansion

March 1, 2023Press Releases

WASHINGTON – Following a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Farmers Union (NFU) issued a statement in support of expanded access to E15 for consumers set to take place before the summer driving season next year. “We appreciate EPA’s efforts to increase the use of ethanol in this proposal.  Expanded availability and adoption of … Read More

NFU President Rob Larew Provides Testimony to House Agriculture Committee for Hearing: “Uncertainty, Inflation, Regulations: Challenges for American Agriculture”

February 28, 2023Press Releases

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew today testified before the United States House Committee on Agriculture for a hearing titled “Uncertainty, Inflation, Regulations: Challenges for American Agriculture.” In his testimony, Larew addressed the themes of the hearing. On inflation:  “Family farmers and ranchers are particularly vulnerable to the effects of inflation. Supply … Read More

FACA Releases Farm Bill Policy Recommendations to Support Economic Opportunities and Address Climate Change

February 22, 2023Press Releases

WASHINGTON, February 22, 2023 – The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance today released policy recommendations for the 2023 farm bill. The farm bill is essential legislation that impacts every family in America and has enormous potential to help the food, agriculture and forestry sectors achieve their climate mitigation potential while preserving and creating new economic opportunities. Further … Read More

Washington Corner February 2023

February 10, 2023Washington Corner

February 2023 With the new Congress getting down to business and the House and Senate Agriculture Committee rosters recently finalized, NFU is eager to work with lawmakers to pursue our Fairness for Farmers campaign. This effort will carry into the 2023 Farm bill, as NFU continues to fight for legislation that establishes greater fairness and … Read More

Solar Energy on Farmland: Finding a balanced approach

February 10, 2023Blog

By Aaron Shier, NFU Government Relations Director Solar energy is the fastest-growing source of new electricity generation in the United States. Due to multiple factors, including declining costs of solar energy systems and major new federal investment and tax incentives, significantly more solar deployment is expected over the next several decades. Increased solar deployment creates … Read More

NFU to Host College Conference on Cooperatives in Minneapolis

February 9, 2023Press Releases

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) will be hosting the College Conference on Cooperatives (CCOC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from February 16 – 19. Over the course of this three-day conference, participants will hear from experts in the field of cooperatives, participate in interactive learning activities and workshops, and tour co-ops in the Twin Cities. The event … Read More

Washington Corner January 2023

January 24, 2023Washington Corner

Following a productive two years on Capitol Hill, the 118th Congress was set to be sworn in shortly after noon on January 3. However, disagreement and dissent in Congress resulted in some initial delays. The Senate started business right on time. However, the House had a lengthy holdup due to a drawn-out debate and election … Read More

Washington Corner, December 2022

December 9, 2022Washington Corner

The end of an even-numbered year means it is a busy time on Capitol Hill, as the biennial “lame duck” session of Congress tries to wrap up legislative activities before newly elected lawmakers take office in January. NFU is making a push to get some Fairness for Farmers legislation (Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act … Read More

NFU Statement on Canola Pathway for Renewable Diesel

December 1, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 1, 2022 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a decision to allow canola to be used as a feedstock for renewable diesel, which National Farmers Union (NFU) has advocated for. “This administration gets it – biofuels are good for the environment, good for the farmer’s bottom … Read More

NFU Statement on RFS Obligations

December 1, 2022Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 1, 2022 [email protected]   WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its 2021, 2022, and 2023 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) SET proposal. As proposed, the new standards raise volumes moving forward. A strong proponent of biofuels for their economic and environmental benefits, … Read More

Minnesota Court Folds Large Retailers into Packer Antitrust Suit

November 15, 2022Press Releases

November 15, 2022 Contact: NFU: Ross Hettervig, [email protected] R-CALF USA: CEO Bill Bullard, Phone: 406-252-2516; [email protected]   Nov. 15, 2022 – MINNEAPOLIS – Several large retailers and wholesalers (including Sysco, US Foods, Kroger, Hy-Vee, Albertson, Associated Grocers, Subway, SuperValu, and Cheney Brothers) recently filed claims similar to those brought originally in April 2019 by R-CALF … Read More

NFU President Rob Larew Participates in COP27 Panel

November 14, 2022Press Releases

November 14, 2022 Contact: [email protected] WASHINGTON – This week, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew participated in the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. In addition to serving as an official observer of the proceedings as a representative of the World Farmers Organization, Larew also joined the … Read More

Washington Corner November 2022

November 10, 2022Washington Corner

Nearing the end of the 117th Congress, voters flocked to the polls to cast their ballots for the midterm elections earlier this month. This included all 435 House seats, 35 Senate seats, as well as a large slate of state and local races.  Throughout the last month, with Congress largely out of town, NFU has … Read More

NFU Applauds Rollout of USDA Funds for Local Meat Processing

November 2, 2022Press Releases

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew released the following statement in response to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcing major investments in local and regional meat and poultry processing around the country. “For decades, consolidation in meat processing has put the squeeze on farmers, ranchers, and consumers while corporate monopolies rake in record … Read More