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

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

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

Farm & Biofuel Coalition Rejects EPA’s Excuses for Failing to Comply with 2017 Court Order

January 7, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 7, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Today, a coalition of the nation’s largest biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed its reply in support of its motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. The motion, originally filed on November 23, 2020, asks the court to … Read More

Farmers Union Condemns Violent Effort to Undermine Democracy

January 6, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 6, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As Congress prepared to verify the results of the 2020 presidential election today, a group of far-right insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol building, vandalizing and stealing federal property, assaulting Capitol police officers, and threatening lawmakers with violence. The event, which occurred mere blocks … Read More

Farmers Union Welcomes Stimulus Package, Urges Biden Administration to Follow Up with Additional Assistance

December 21, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 21, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – After months of negotiations, Congress today passed a $900 billion pandemic relief bill. As the pandemic has worn on over the last several months, National Farmers Union (NFU) has repeatedly urged legislators to provide American families and businesses with the help they need … Read More

Rule Fails to Protect Farmers from Discriminatory Practices, According to Farmers Union

December 10, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON –Due to unchecked corporate consolidation in the livestock industry, family farmers and ranchers have been subject to unfair and anticompetitive practices. But a new rule finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) falls short of providing meaningful protections from such practices. The … Read More

Farmers Union Announces New Climate Change Policy Advisory Panel

December 9, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 9, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – To strengthen its ongoing efforts to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis, National Farmers Union (NFU) today announced its new Climate Change Policy Advisory Panel (CCPAP). The panel’s 16 family farmer and rancher members will inform the organization’s climate-related legislative work, educational programming, outreach, and communications. … Read More

EPA, DOJ Oppose Refiner Request for Supreme Court Review of Tenth Circuit Decision on RFS Exemptions

December 9, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 9, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON –  In a filing submitted yesterday, the Department of Justice recommended against Supreme Court review of the Tenth Circuit Court’s ruling earlier this year that invalidated several small refinery exemptions issued by EPA under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The DOJ filing is in … Read More

Vilsack to Reprise Role of Ag Secretary

December 8, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Several media outlets today reported that President-elect Joe Biden intends to nominate Tom Vilsack to return to his previous post of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, which he held for eight years under President Barack Obama. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew released … Read More

Biofuels Coalition Files Brief Challenging 31 Small Refinery Exemptions in 2018

December 8, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, National Biodiesel Board, American Coalition for Ethanol, and National Farmers Union today filed a brief challenging EPA’s August 2019 decision to exempt 31 small refineries from their obligations to comply with the Renewable … Read More