Meeting Urban Growers’ Unique Produce Safety Needs

March 3, 2021Food Safety

By Billy Mitchell, NFU FSMA Training Coordinator One of the many lessons I’ve learned, or I should say re-learned, over the past year is how important titles can be. I’ve gone from searching “15-minute yoga” on YouTube to the more specific “15-minute Zoom fatigue yoga.” It may be mostly the same content, but if “Zoom” … Read More

NFU Concludes 119th Anniversary Convention 

March 2, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 2, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737  [email protected]  WASHINGTON – The National Farmers Union (NFU) 119th Anniversary Convention concluded today following the enactment of policy positions and priorities that support American farm and ranch families and strengthen rural communities. For the first time in the organization’s history, the event was held entirely online – a fact that did not … Read More

Farmers Union Honors Don Wick for Excellence in Agriculture Communications

March 1, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 1, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737  [email protected]  WASHINGTON – For his seminal coverage of farm stress and rural mental health, National Farmers Union (NFU) today awarded farm broadcaster Don Wick with its 2021 Milt Hakel Agriculture Communications Award.    Wick, who is currently the president of Red River Farm Network, has worked for a number of mega-stations over the course of … Read More

Farmers Union Kicks Off 119th Anniversary Convention

March 1, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 1, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected]  WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) officially convened the final portion of its 119th Anniversary Convention this morning to celebrate American farm families and to set the organization’s policy positions and priorities for the coming year. More than 500 farmers, ranchers, food advocates, industry professionals, policymakers, and reporters from across the country … Read More

ADVISORY: NFU Announces Featured Speakers for 119th Anniversary Convention

February 25, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – The final two days of National Farmers Union’s (NFU) 119th Anniversary Convention will bring together members, industry professionals, policymakers, and reporters for remarks from Congressional leadership and administration officials, award presentations, and the organization’s signature grassroots policy adoption process. Held on Monday, March 1st and Tuesday, March 2nd, … Read More

Cold Temps, Hot Food Safety Projects

February 24, 2021Blog, Food Safety

By Tricia Wancko, Food Safety Grant Coordinator Punxsutawney Phil has decreed six more weeks of what has shaped up to be a frigid winter, but there are plenty of food safety projects to catch up on while the fields are frozen and you’re keeping toasty inside your burrow. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety Outreach Program … Read More

Farmers Union Ready to Work with Secretary Vilsack to Strengthen Farm System

February 23, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 23, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON –  In a 92-7 vote, the U.S. Senate today confirmed Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture, demonstrating strong bipartisan support for President Joe Biden’s pick. Vilsack previously held the position for eight years under President Barack Obama. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob … Read More

Farm, Biofuel Leaders Embrace EPA’s New Position on Tenth Circuit’s Small Refinery Waiver Decision

February 22, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 22, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is supporting  the Tenth Circuit Court’s January 2020 decisionin Renewable Fuels Association et al. v. EPA. After careful review of the decision, EPA’s new leadership agrees with both the court and the biofuel litigants … Read More

Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance Expands Membership, Drills Down on Policy Recommendations

February 22, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 22, 2021 WASHINGTON – The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) today announced expanding membership and new policy working groups focused on developing a set of more specific policy proposals that drill down on the 40+ recommendations released by FACA in November 2020. FACA’s eight founding members — American Farm Bureau Federation (co-chair), Environmental … Read More

New FSMA Recordkeeping Requirements are Coming

February 12, 2021Food Safety

By Aaron Shier, NFU Senior Government Relations Representative and Billy Mitchell, Food Safety Training Coordinator The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is opening their virtual doors to everyone, including the farming community, to comment on the proposed food traceability rule. National Farmers Union (NFU), which regularly comments on federal rulemakings important to its members, will certainly … Read More

How Biden’s Executive Orders Will Affect Food and Agriculture

January 28, 2021Blog

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Director Following his inauguration last Wednesday, President Joe Biden has wasted no time implementing his agenda. In the last week, he has issued more than three dozen executive orders, proclamations, and memoranda on a wide range of issues. Many of these actions have implications for agriculture. Here’s a brief summary … Read More

Executive Orders Support Farmers’ Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Efforts

January 27, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – In accordance with his campaign promise to aggressively address the climate crisis and create new jobs, President Joe Biden today issued several executive orders outlining actions the administration will take to cut greenhouse gas emissions, conserve natural resources, invest in renewable energy, advance … Read More

USDA Debt Relief Will Help Keep Farmers in Business

January 27, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – To ease mounting financial pressures, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it will temporarily suspend past-due debt collections and foreclosures for farmers borrowing under the Farm Storage Facility Loan and the Direct Farm Loan programs while also offering flexibilities under … Read More

With Executive Order, Biden Administration Addresses Food Insecurity

January 22, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 22, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – To address a dramatic rise in hunger, President Joe Biden today signed an executive order that would increase food assistance for families missing meals due to school closures as well as boost Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for the lowest-income households. Throughout the … Read More

NFU Stands Ready to Work With Biden-Harris Administration

January 20, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Following a swearing-in ceremony held at the U.S. Capitol, Joseph R. Biden and Kamala Harris today officially began their four-year terms as president and vice president of the United States. In a statement, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew extended his congratulations … Read More

Farmers Union Denounces Last Minute RFS Waivers

January 19, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 19, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – In its final hours under President Donald Trump’s jurisdiction, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued three waivers retroactively exempting oil refineries from their 2018 and 2019 obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The decision comes on the heels of the … Read More

Farmers Union Congratulates Dr. Jewel Bronaugh on Deputy Secretary Nomination

January 19, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 19, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden yesterday nominated Dr. Jewel Bronaugh to serve as his Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. If confirmed, she would be the first Black woman to hold the second-in-command position at the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA). Dr. Bronaugh, who has been … Read More

U.S. Farm & Biofuel Leaders Condemn Rumors of Last-Minute RFS Waivers

January 13, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 13, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – America’s top biofuel and farm advocates called on President Trump to reject last-minute attacks on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and American farmers throughout the country, a plan reported to be under consideration by Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). … Read More