White House Announces E15 Waiver, RIN Transparency — Farmers Union Encouraged by Move to Higher Levels Blends of Ethanol, But Says “Compromise” is Net Loss for Family Farmers

October 9, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump today announced the administration’s intentions to allow the use of E15 gasoline in summer months and bring greater transparency to the trading of biofuel credits, known as Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). The announcement is an attempt to mitigate a … Read More

Farmers Union Hails Cooperatives and the Empowerment They Bring to Family Farmers, Rural America

October 1, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) today joined the cooperative community in kicking off National Cooperative Month. NFU President Roger Johnson hailed the nation’s many and varied cooperatives, highlighting the political and economic might that they have brought to family farmers, ranchers and rural … Read More

U.S., Canada, Mexico Reach Deal on New Trade Pact

October 1, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In a break to what has been more than a year of feuding and tense negotiations, the U.S. has reached an agreement with Canada and Mexico on a new trade pact, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). While announcement is a bit of welcome … Read More

Farmers Union Urges Administration to Allow E15 Year-Round, Reconcile Billions of Gallons of Lost Demand for Biofuels

September 27, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 27, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Ahead of an expected Trump Administration announcement on changes to the nation’s biofuel policies, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the President to follow through on his promises to support American family farmers and the biofuel industry by allowing year-round use of … Read More

Farmers Union Urges Fair and Consistent Application of the Term “Meat” Across the Federal Government

September 25, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 25, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As new, alternative “meat” products make their way onto grocery store shelves, National Farmers Union (NFU) is encouraging federal officials to establish a definition for “meat” that fairly and consistently informs consumers about the difference between meat products that come from livestock … Read More

NFU Opposes ERS, NIFA Reorganizations and Relocations

September 18, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging him not to reorganize and relocate the department’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) agencies. The NFU … Read More

White House Ups the Ante in Trade Dispute with China

September 18, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In a move that will further escalate trade tensions, the Trump administration yesterday announced its intention to place a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and threatened to levy tariffs on an additional $267 billion worth of imports. … Read More

NFU Honors 26 Congressional Champions of Family Agriculture with Golden Triangle Award

September 13, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 13, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) proudly recognized 26 outstanding U.S. Senators and Representatives who have demonstrated leadership and support at the federal policymaking level for family farmers, ranchers and their rural communities. The Golden Triangle Award, the family farm organization’s highest legislative honor, … Read More

Family Farm Champions Urge Farm Bill Passage, Trade Support to Help Farmers Weather Growing Financial Crisis

September 12, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As family farmers and ranchers endure a growing financial crisis in the farm economy, a handful of congressional champions for family agriculture joined the National Farmers Union (NFU) Fly-In today in emphasizing the critical need for passage of the 2018 farm bill … Read More

350 Family Farm Advocates ‘Fly-In’ to Washington to Lobby Congress, the Administration

September 12, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Amidst an historic decline in net farm income and added disruptions in agricultural trade and biofuel markets, 350 family farmers and ranchers traveled to the nation’s capital this week to meet face-to-face with top Trump administration officials and members of Congress as … Read More

NFU’s Beginning Farmer Institute Holds First Session in Washington, D.C.

September 11, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 11, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union’s (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) convened this week in Washington, D.C., for the first of three learning sessions that will take place during the next year. Nineteen beginning farmers, representing demographical, geographical and production diversity in agriculture, traveled to … Read More

ADVISORY: Farmers Union to Host 350 Family Farmers for Fly-In

September 7, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 7, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Amidst an historic decline in net farm income and added disruptions in agricultural trade and biofuel markets, National Farmers Union (NFU) will host 350 family farmers and ranchers in Washington, D.C., next week to meet face-to-face with top Trump administration officials and … Read More

White House Announces Intention to Sign Renegotiated NAFTA

August 31, 2018Press Releases

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – After more than a year of renegotiations, President Donald Trump today sent Congress notice of intent to sign an amended North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The plan’s provisions will be established over the coming weeks and made public at least 60 … Read More

Net Farm Income to Drop 13 Percent in 2018, USDA Projects

August 30, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) today projected net farm income to be $65.7 billion in 2018, a $9.8 billion, 13 percent decrease from 2017. National Farmers Union (NFU), an advocacy organization for American family farmers and ranchers, … Read More

US, Mexico Reach Agreement on Trade

August 27, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 27, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump today announced that the U.S. and Mexico have reached a deal on terms to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), putting pressure on Canada to reach agreement with the two nations jointly or through separate bilateral agreements. … Read More

USDA Announces Details of Trade Aid for Farmers

August 27, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 27, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the details of the administration’s emergency aid package for farmers who are being targeted in an escalating U.S. trade war with China and other top trading partners. USDA will send incremental payments … Read More

NFU, FUE & UAI Announce Alliance to Pursue Expanded Use Of American-Grown, High-Octane Biofuels

August 17, 2018Press Releases

August 16, 2018— In an effort to expand the market for domestic agriculture products, reduce harmful emissions, and provide consumers with lower cost fuel choices, National Farmers Union, Farmers Union Enterprises and the Urban Air Initiative announced they have formed a strategic alliance to expand the use of American-grown biofuels. The three groups intend to … Read More

U.S. Beef Producers Disadvantaged by Current “Product of U.S.A” Labeling Standards

August 16, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 15, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Current federal meat labeling standards are disadvantaging U.S. family beef producers by allowing products born, raised, or slaughtered outside of the United States to carry the “Product of the U.S.A.” label. These standards need to be changed immediately, according to the nation’s … Read More

Farm Bureau and Farmers Union Call for Swift Farm Bill Passage

August 13, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 13, 2018 CONTACT NFU: Andrew Jerome, 202.314-3106, ajerome@nfudc.org AFBF: Will Rodger, 202.406.3642, willr@fb.org WASHINGTON – The two largest farming groups in the United States today called for swift passage of the farm bill by a congressional conference committee. Faced with the lowest farm income in 12 years, the presidents of the American Farm Bureau … Read More

NFU Emphasizes Severity of Trade Dispute, Urges Long-Term Solutions in Farm Bill

July 31, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In a letter sent today to congressional leadership, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson emphasized the need to address agricultural economic hardships in the 2018 Farm Bill. The NFU Board of Directors unanimously approved the motion to send this letter during … Read More

House Votes to Send Farm Bill to Conference

July 18, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to send the farm bill to conference, the process by which the House and U.S. Senate remedy differences between their respective versions of the farm bill. A conference committee of members from the House and … Read More

Farmers Union Hosts 82nd Annual All-States Leadership Camp

July 6, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 6, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org BAILEY, Colo. – Farmers Union youth members from across the country gathered here last week for the 82nd annual National Farmers Union (NFU) All-States Leadership Camp. Hosted each June at the NFU Education Center, All-States Camp encourages youth to explore their leadership potential, discuss … Read More

NFU Applauds Senate Farm Bill Passage; Presses for Additional Improvements During Conference Process

June 28, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today voted 86-11 in favor of its bipartisan Farm Bill, also known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors unanimously supported the Senate’s efforts when the bill was first introduced. Rob … Read More