Agricultural Innovation Agenda Must Reflect Environmental and Economic Challenges Facing Farmers

July 31, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As family farmers and ranchers cope with significant economic and environmental uncertainty, innovation will play a critical role in helping them continue to safely, sustainably, and reliably grow our food, fuel, and fiber for generations to come. In comments submitted today, National … Read More

USDA Report on Cattle Markets Must Be Accompanied By Reforms to Industry, Farmers Union Says

July 22, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 22, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – In a report released today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provided an update on its investigation into recent market disruptions and price volatility in the beef industry. The investigation was prompted by complaints from ranchers, who attributed the … Read More

Farmers, Rural Communities, Hospitals Need More Support to Weather Pandemic

July 16, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 16, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, [email protected] WASHINGTON – The coronavirus pandemic continues to overwhelm rural hospitals, upend agricultural markets, and interrupt daily life as we know it, making it clear that family farmers and rural communities require additional support to withstand these trying times. In a letter sent today to Senate leadership, National … Read More

Farming, Biofuels, and Public Interest Groups Challenge EPA on SAFE Rule

June 30, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON –  A broad coalition of ethanol, agriculture, and public interest groups are challenging the Trump administration’s recent fuel efficiency rulemaking, on that grounds that it downplays the harm from reduced emission standards, ignores the efficiency and health benefits of higher ethanol blends, and … Read More

Carbon Markets Contribute to Financial and Environmental Sustainability of Family Farm Agriculture

June 24, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 24, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As family farmers grapple with the dual crises of a global pandemic and climate change, carbon markets present a critical solution for both, according to National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew. In testimony presented today to the U.S. Senate Committee on … Read More

Farm Groups Launch Free Stress Management Course

June 23, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Following the December 2019 announcement of a new farm stress management online training course for employees and members of Farm Credit, Farm Bureau and Farmers Union, these organizations have supported the launch of a free online training available to the general public. Developed … Read More

Price-Fixing Indictment Highlights Need for Stronger Antitrust Enforcement, Protections for Farmers

June 3, 2020Press Releases

June 3, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Four current and former executives at Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. and Claxton Poultry Farms, both of which produce chicken, were indicted today for colluding to inflate the prices of birds sold to grocery stores and restaurants. The latest of several price-fixing allegations against meat … Read More

Farmers Union Condemns Police Brutality, Calls for National Effort to Address Racism

May 29, 2020Press Releases

May 29, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – The killing of Minnesota resident George Floyd – the latest instance in a long and disturbing history of police brutality towards people of color – underscores the urgent need for racial justice and equity in the United States, according to National Farmers Union … Read More

Farmers Union Welcomes Additional Assistance for Farmers, Stronger Protections for Workers

May 15, 2020Press Releases

May 15, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Amid the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed a $3 trillion relief and stimulus bill, known as the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. The legislation would provide funding for health services, … Read More

Coalition Opposes API Petition on 2020 RFS Obligations

May 1, 2020Press Releases

May 1, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – A coalition of ethanol and farm groups today sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency opposing the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) recent petition requesting reconsideration of the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) final rule. API claims reconsideration of the 2020 RFS … Read More

Executive Order Ignores Well-Being of Workers, Farmers Union Says

April 28, 2020Press Releases

April 28, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Invoking the Defense Production Act, President Donald Trump today announced that he plans to sign an executive order requiring meat processing facilities to continue operating through the coronavirus pandemic. The order, which designates such facilities as “critical infrastructure,” is expected to absolve … Read More

USDA Releases Details of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

April 17, 2020Press Releases

April 17, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As the food and agriculture industries experience significant disruptions due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released initial details for a $19 billion emergency aid package to support farmers and ranchers and bolster food security. The … Read More

USDA Must Swiftly and Fairly Distribute Assistance to Farmers and Rural Communities, According to NFU

April 7, 2020Press Releases

April 7, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Following the recent passage of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to “swiftly and efficiently implement assistance and distribute resources” to family farmers and ranchers and rural communities. In … Read More

Ag, Conservation, Wildlife Groups Unite to Advocate for Conservation Funding Support

April 2, 2020Press Releases

April 2, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Today, 76 leading farm, conservation and wildlife groups delivered a letter to Congress requesting full funding for conservation programs and technical assistance in fiscal year (FY) 2021 appropriations. In the letter, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), National Farmers … Read More

Fuel Standards a Missed Opportunity for Farmers, Consumers, and Environment

March 31, 2020Press Releases

March 31, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – In the final Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today relaxed fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for model year 2021-2026 passenger vehicles. When the rule was initially proposed over a year ago, National Farmers … Read More

Stimulus Bill Would Address Most Urgent Concerns for Family Farmers and Rural Hospitals, NFU Says

March 25, 2020Press Releases

March 25, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – To alleviate the current and potential economic fallout from the global COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. lawmakers are poised to pass a response, relief, and stimulus package with a nearly $2 trillion price tag. The bill, which is the most expensive in the country’s … Read More

Renewable Fuels Coalition Welcomes Administration’s Decision Not to Seek Re-Hearing of Tenth Circuit SRE Ruling

March 25, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 25, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Ethanol and farm groups today welcomed the Trump administration’s decision not to seek a re-hearing of a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that struck down certain small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. On … Read More

Coalition Urges Trump Administration to Help Rural Health Care System Prepare for Coronavirus

March 19, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 19, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As rural communities brace for the arrival of the novel coronavirus, a coalition of organization representing rural communities is urging the administration to ensure that the rural health care system has adequate resources and support to respond to this crisis. In a … Read More

Proposed Rule Undermines Packers and Stockyards Act, Fails to Provide Needed Protections to Farmer

March 13, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – A rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would undermine the intent of the Packers and Stockyards Act, according to comments submitted today by National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew. Established in 1921, the Packers and Stockyards Act exists … Read More

NFU Concludes 118th Anniversary Convention

March 3, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 3, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 [email protected] SAVANNAH – The National Farmers Union (NFU) 118th Anniversary Convention concluded today following the adoption of the organization’s policy book and special orders of business. More than 500 family farmers and ranchers convened in Savannah, Georgia, to set policy positions and priorities that support … Read More

Larew to Lead National Farmers Union as its Next President

March 2, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 2, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 [email protected] SAVANNAH – Delegates to the National Farmers Union (NFU) 118th Anniversary Convention today elected Rob Larew to succeed Roger Johnson as the organization’s president. Patty Edelburg, a Wisconsin dairy farmer, was reelected to serve a second term as vice president. Larew and Edelburg’s two-year terms begin … Read More