Study Finds Rural Health Care Lags Behind Urban Health Care

August 29, 2011Blog

by Tony Jarboe, NFU communications coordinator Nearly one in four rural Americans rate the health care in their communities either fair or poor, according to a poll commissioned by United Health Care. That is twice the rate that urban residents rate the health care in their communities in either of those categories. This poll corroborates … Read More

Renewables and Rural Energy Opportunities Study Tour Continues

August 27, 2011Blog

By Jan Ahlen, NFU Climate and Energy Coordinator ÖkoFen Pellet Heating in Austria and Krinner “The Ground Screws” in Germany. These are the names of two companies that have profited from the opportunities of German and Austrian renewable energy laws. ÖkoFen manufactures pellet boilers and 80 percent of their revenue comes from exports. Krinner manufactures … Read More

Renewables and Rural Energy Opportunities Study Tour Continues

August 26, 2011Blog

By Jan Ahlen, NFU Climate and Energy Coordinator ÖkoFen Pellet Heating in Austria and Krinner “The Ground Screws” in Germany. These are the names of two companies that have profited from the opportunities of German and Austrian renewable energy laws. ÖkoFen manufactures pellet boilers and 80 percent of their revenue comes from exports. Krinner manufactures … Read More

NFU Intern Reflects on Her Summer in Washington, D.C.

August 25, 2011Blog

By Amy Czerniak, NFU Intern As my summer as a National Farmers Union (NFU) intern draws to a close, I am struck by how quickly the past few months have flown by and at the amount I have learned in such a short period of time.  When I journeyed to Washington, D.C., at the beginning … Read More

NFU Intern Reflects on Her Summer in Washington, D.C.

August 25, 2011Blog

By Amy Czerniak, NFU Intern As my summer as a National Farmers Union (NFU) intern draws to a close, I am struck by how quickly the past few months have flown by and at the amount I have learned in such a short period of time.  When I journeyed to Washington, D.C., at the beginning … Read More

NFU Travels on Renewables and Rural Energy Opportunities Study Tour

August 23, 2011Blog

By Jan Ahlen, NFU Climate and Energy Coordinator Editor’s note:  NFU Climate and Energy Coordinator Jan Ahlen and a group of leaders from across the United States are in Europe from Aug. 21 to Aug. 27 to participate in the Renewables and Rural Energy Opportunities Study Tour organized by Ecologic Institute and the Atlantic Council … Read More

NFU Travels on Renewables and Rural Energy Opportunities Study Tour

August 23, 2011Blog

By Jan Ahlen, NFU Climate and Energy Coordinator Editor’s note:  NFU Climate and Energy Coordinator Jan Ahlen and a group of leaders from across the United States are in Europe from Aug. 21 to Aug. 27 to participate in the Renewables and Rural Energy Opportunities Study Tour organized by Ecologic Institute and the Atlantic Council … Read More

NFU Celebrates 2012 as International Year of Cooperatives

August 15, 2011Blog

By Brittany Jablonsky, NFU Government Relations Representative   NFU is proud to join the United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. Senate and countless other agricultural, consumer, business and social justice organizations worldwide in celebrating 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives. The NFU board of directors recently adopted a Co-op resolution recognizing this special event. … Read More

NFU Celebrates 2012 as International Year of Cooperatives

August 15, 2011Blog

By Brittany Jablonsky, NFU Government Relations Representative   NFU is proud to join the United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. Senate and countless other agricultural, consumer, business and social justice organizations worldwide in celebrating 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives. The NFU board of directors recently adopted a Co-op resolution recognizing this special event. … Read More

NFU Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

August 8, 2011Blog

By Tony Jarboe, NFU Communications Coordinator U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has declared this week, Aug. 7-13, to be National Farmers Market Week. In his proclamation, Secretary Vilsack said that “thousands of farmers markets across the country offer consumers affordable, convenient, and the healthful products sold directly to consumers in their freshest possible state.” … Read More

NFU Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

August 8, 2011Blog

By Tony Jarboe, NFU Communications Coordinator U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has declared this week, Aug. 7-13, to be National Farmers Market Week. In his proclamation, Secretary Vilsack said that “thousands of farmers markets across the country offer consumers affordable, convenient, and the healthful products sold directly to consumers in their freshest possible state.” … Read More

NFU Interns Participate in Meet and Greet With Secretary of Agriculture

August 3, 2011Blog

By Amy Czerniak, NFU Intern Jordan and I attended a small intern meet and greet with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Friday afternoon. With many important decisions both on the horizon and currently being made in Washington, D.C., Secretary Vilsack held a question and answer session to both learn what agriculture interns are … Read More

New NFU Promotional Video

August 2, 2011Video

By Tony Jarboe, NFU Communications Coordinator NFU has a new promotional video with sights and sounds from the 2011 convention. The video features a variety of speakers highlighting some of NFU’s strengths and beliefs, as well as a few snappy one-liners by friends of NFU. Speakers in the video discuss some of the issues that … Read More

New NFU Promotional Video

August 2, 2011Video

By Tony Jarboe, NFU Communications Coordinator NFU has a new promotional video with sights and sounds from the 2011 convention. The video features a variety of speakers highlighting some of NFU’s strengths and beliefs, as well as a few snappy one-liners by friends of NFU. Speakers in the video discuss some of the issues that … Read More

Devastating Flooding: No End in Sight

August 1, 2011Blog

Richard Oswald, Missouri Farmers Union president, was a panelist at a briefing held last week by Rep. Carnahan, D-Mo., sharing his experiences with the devastating floods this year. The following is from his presentation: My wife Linda, our son Ryan and I are out of our home near Langdon, Mo., due to flooding. The house … Read More

NFU President’s Month on the Road

August 1, 2011Blog

By Roger Johnson, NFU President Over the past four weeks, I had the opportunity to visit many states throughout the Midwest. I set off in late June on a month-long adventure with stops in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, and Michigan. I drove many miles and saw a lot of countryside. The weather … Read More

NFU President’s Month on the Road

July 31, 2011Blog

By Roger Johnson, NFU President Over the past four weeks, I had the opportunity to visit many states throughout the Midwest. I set off in late June on a month-long adventure with stops in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, and Michigan. I drove many miles and saw a lot of countryside. The weather … Read More

Act Today to Protect Small Leafy Green Growers

July 27, 2011Blog

By Brittany Jablonsky, NFU Government Relations Representative The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently published a proposed rule to establish a proposed national marketing agreement regulating leafy green vegetables. This rulemaking was the result of a request by the largest players in the industry, who asked for regulations based on the statewide agreements established in … Read More

Act Today to Protect Small Leafy Green Growers

July 27, 2011Blog

By Brittany Jablonsky, NFU Government Relations Representative The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently published a proposed rule to establish a proposed national marketing agreement regulating leafy green vegetables. This rulemaking was the result of a request by the largest players in the industry, who asked for regulations based on the statewide agreements established in … Read More

FSA Receives Technological Makeover

July 26, 2011Blog

By Tony Jarboe, NFU Communications Coordinator The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has undertaken an initiative to make some major technological changes that will centralize farmers’ and ranchers’ data, and help the agency deliver services and payments more quickly. The initiative, known as “Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agricultural Systems,” or … Read More

FSA Receives Technological Makeover

July 26, 2011Blog

By Tony Jarboe, NFU Communications Coordinator The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has undertaken an initiative to make some major technological changes that will centralize farmers’ and ranchers’ data, and help the agency deliver services and payments more quickly. The initiative, known as “Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agricultural Systems,” or … Read More

Caretakers Look Back on 25 Years of Service at Education Center

July 25, 2011Blog

By Amy Czerniak, NFU Intern Lyle and Donna Hetterly were caretakers and cooks at National Farmers Union’s (NFU) education site in Bailey, Colorado for 25 years.  They attended the NFU All-States Leadership Camp 75th Anniversary Celebration in Bailey on Saturday, July 16, 2011.  Many former campers and staff members were happy to see the Hetterlys … Read More

Caretakers Look Back on 25 Years of Service at Education Center

July 25, 2011Blog

By Amy Czerniak, NFU Intern Lyle and Donna Hetterly were caretakers and cooks at National Farmers Union’s (NFU) education site in Bailey, Colorado for 25 years.  They attended the NFU All-States Leadership Camp 75th Anniversary Celebration in Bailey on Saturday, July 16, 2011.  Many former campers and staff members were happy to see the Hetterlys … Read More

Campers of All Ages Remember All-States

July 22, 2011Blog

By Amy Czerniak, NFU Intern When Ruth Kobell’s husband returned from a Farmers Union meeting he had attended with his uncle in Harlem, Mont., he was inspired.  The two men had heard then-president of North Dakota Farmers Union, Charlie Talbott, speak.  Ruth recalled that her husband was “so impressed that he never gave up the … Read More

Campers of All Ages Remember All-States

July 22, 2011Blog

By Amy Czerniak, NFU Intern When Ruth Kobell’s husband returned from a Farmers Union meeting he had attended with his uncle in Harlem, Mont., he was inspired.  The two men had heard then-president of North Dakota Farmers Union, Charlie Talbott, speak.  Ruth recalled that her husband was “so impressed that he never gave up the … Read More