President Trump’s Budget is an Assault on the Farm Safety Net and Rural Communities, NFU Says

May 23, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – President Donald J. Trump issued a detailed fiscal year 2018 federal budget proposal today, recommending drastic cuts to agricultural and rural related agencies and programs. The proposal would cut Farm Bill programs by nearly $230 billion and slash the U.S. Department of … Read More

Reopening of NAFTA Provides Trump Administration With Chance to Right the U.S. Trade Agenda

May 18, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Initiating an official renegotiation process of past, failed trade deals, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today formally notified Congress of the Trump Administration’s intentions to reopen the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The renegotiation provides the administration with a unique opportunity … Read More

Farmers Union Confronts the Farm Crisis

May 16, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 16, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The national farm economy is deteriorating, forcing many family farmers and ranchers to make tough financial decisions that will impact their families, communities, and the entire country. In order to provide farmers with the resources and support needed to endure these tough … Read More

NFU, Coalition of Rural Organizations Oppose Elimination of Rural Development Mission Area and Under Secretary

May 15, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Highlighting the important work carried out by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, National Farmers Union (NFU) and a diverse coalition of rural organizations are calling on Congress to prevent any attempt to eliminate the Rural Development Mission Area (RD) and … Read More

NFU Disappointed by House Vote for AHCA, Calls on Senate to Reject the Bill

May 4, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today voted to approve the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill that would cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance, lessen protections for those with preexisting conditions, and adversely affect family farmers and rural … Read More

New AHCA Even Worse for Family Farmers and Rural Americans

May 3, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 3, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan attempts to secure votes in support of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), National Farmers Union (NFU) is reiterating its opposition to the bill. The legislation has worsened since being introduced in late March, … Read More

NFU Calls on FTC to Oppose ChemChina Acquisition of Syngenta

May 1, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Continuing a long tradition of advocating for competitive marketplaces for family farmers and ranchers, National Farmers Union (NFU) today urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to oppose the proposed China National Chemical Corp’s (ChemChina) acquisition of Syngenta AG. In public comments to … Read More

NFU Statement on Sonny Perdue’s Confirmation as Agriculture Secretary

April 24, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today confirmed former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response to the announcement: “Having endured months of the current farm crisis and drastic … Read More

Farmers Union Marches for Science

April 22, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 22, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Marching in cities across the United States, members of National Farmers Union (NFU) joined the world’s first-ever March for Science today, emphasizing the vital role that science should play in everyday life and in federal policymaking. NFU President Roger Johnson, a third-generation … Read More

NFU Urges Trump Administration to Stay in Paris Agreement

April 12, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As President Donald Trump weighs the merits of keeping the United States in the Paris Agreement, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the administration to maintain U.S. commitments to global leadership on climate change. The Paris Agreement is vital to enhancing the … Read More

NFU Urges Trump Administration to Oppose Dow-DuPont Merger

March 29, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 29, 2017  Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Following European Union approval of the proposed merger between Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co., National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on the Trump Administration to block the deal. The merger, if approved by the U.S. Justice Department, would create the largest … Read More

Trump Executive Order Reverses American Climate Change Progress, Leadership

March 28, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In a sweeping and regressive executive order on energy, President Donald Trump today reversed years of progress in the U.S.-led fight against climate change. The order dismantles critical Obama-era policies that prepare the United States to mitigate and adapt to the effects … Read More

NFU Applauds Withdrawal of AHCA

March 24, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Unable to gain adequate support for the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Congressional leadership withdrew the bill today. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response: “Today’s decision to pull the American Health Care Act highlights a … Read More

NFU Urges Swift Confirmation of Perdue as Ag Secretary

March 23, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue appeared before the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee today for the confirmation hearing on his nomination to be U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Urging a speedy confirmation vote of Mr. Perdue, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued … Read More

NFU Public Comments Strongly Endorse Fair Practice Rules

March 23, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2017 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – On behalf of nearly 200,000 family farm and ranch members, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson submitted public comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday, advocating for the agency to finalize the Farmer Fair Practices Rules. The rules would … Read More

NFU Urges Administration to Keep COOL as a Priority for Trade Agenda

March 22, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration this week released a list of 24 trade practices, including Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), that trade negotiators should prioritize in future negotiations. National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the administration to keep COOL on the list, and to ensure a … Read More

NFU Urges Congress to Vote Against AHCA

March 21, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Citing the need for family farmers and ranchers to have affordable access to quality health coverage, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging Congress to vote against the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bill is scheduled to be voted on by the … Read More

Farmer Fair Practices Rules Needed to Address Lack of Competition in Livestock and Poultry Sectors, NFU Testimony States

March 21, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Highlighting the iniquities of today’s extremely consolidated livestock and poultry sectors, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson submitted testimony today to the U.S House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture. The testimony advocates for the adoption of the Farmer … Read More

NFU Salutes Family Farmers, Ranchers on National Ag Day, Highlights Need to Ensure Success of Next Generation

March 21, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Highlighting the important roles family farmers and ranchers play in ensuring food security, National Farmers Union (NFU) joined the agriculture community today in celebrating National Ag Day. “Family farmers and ranchers play a critical role in providing food, fuel, feed and fiber … Read More

President’s Budget Shuns Rural America with Deep Cuts to Agriculture, Programs Serving Rural America

March 16, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – President Donald J. Trump issued his fiscal year 2018 federal budget blueprint today, calling for a drastic reduction in spending on agriculture and rural related agencies and programs. Lamenting further cuts being proposed for agriculture, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson issued … Read More

NFU Lauds Bill to Add USDA to Foreign Investment Committee

March 14, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 14, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today introduced a bill to add the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The … Read More

NFU Concludes 115th Anniversary Convention with Adoption of Policy, Special Orders of Business

March 8, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 8, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org SAN DIEGO – The National Farmers Union (NFU) 115th Anniversary Convention concluded today following the adoption of the organization’s policy book and special orders of business.  Nearly 500 family farmers and ranchers convened in San Diego both to engage in thoughtful policy deliberations, as well as … Read More

NFU Recognizes Members, Local Organizations and State Chapters for Excellence in Membership and Leadership

March 7, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org SAN DIEGO – National Farmers Union (NFU) today recognized the efforts of members, county and local organizations, and state divisions for their excellence in membership recruitment and outreach at the 115th Anniversary Convention. “A strong grassroots network is the backbone of a farmer-led organization,” … Read More

Three Individuals Awarded NFU’s Highest Honor

March 6, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org SAN DIEGO – The strength, diversity and success of modern family farm agriculture is the result of hardworking men and women across the industry, and three individuals have gone above and beyond to ensure that success and the well-being of family farmers, ranchers and … Read More

NFU Honors Mike Dain for Excellence in Agriculture Communications

March 6, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org SAN DIEGO – With the majority of the American population becoming further removed from the farm, agriculture communicators play a vital role in telling the story of American family farmers and rural residents. Each year, National Farmers Union (NFU) recognizes one of those communicators … Read More