NFU Continues Excellence in Cooperative Education at College Conference on Cooperatives

February 16, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org MINNEAPOLIS (February 16, 2017) – Drawing on nearly 115 years of leadership in cooperative leadership and education, National Farmers Union (NFU) will host 100 students from 20 colleges and universities here this weekend for its annual College Conference on Cooperatives (CCOC). The three-day conference … Read More

As U.S. Trade Deficit Grows, NFU Calls for Renewed Trade Agenda

February 7, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (February 7, 2017) – The U.S. Commerce Department announced today that the U.S. trade deficit grew to $502 billion in 2016, marking its highest level in four years. Pointing to the need to reset the nation’s trade agenda and address the massive trade … Read More

Family Farmers, Ranchers Unhappy with Unnecessary Delay to Farmer Fair Practices Rules, NFU Says

February 6, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 6, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (February 6, 2017) – Further delaying a much-anticipated and necessary set of protections for family farmers and ranchers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today pushed back the effective date and comment periods for the three Farmer Fair Practices Rules. National Farmers Union … Read More

NFU Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership

January 23, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 23, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3102 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (January 23, 2017) – A staunch opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the deeply flawed TPP trade agreement. NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement in … Read More

NFU Statement on Sonny Perdue’s Nomination to Agriculture Secretary

January 18, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (January 18, 2017) – President-elect Donald Trump today selected former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be the U.S. Agriculture Secretary in the incoming Trump administration. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response to today’s announcement: “Given the … Read More

NFU Statement on Pruitt Backing of Renewable Fuel Standard

January 18, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3102 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (January 18, 2017) – In response to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt’s commitment to proper implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) at today’s U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works confirmation hearing, National Farmers Union (NFU) President … Read More

NFU Statement on Trump Transition Team Deal with Bayer

January 17, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3102 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (January 17, 2017) – President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team announced today that it has struck a deal with Bayer AG, committing the German agricultural input company to investing $8 billion towards research and development should the company be permitted to acquire competitor Monsanto … Read More

USDA Corn Ethanol Report Supports Environmental Benefits of RFS, NFU Says

January 12, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3102 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (January 12, 2017) – Demonstrating the environmental benefits brought about by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) concludes that corn ethanol provides a considerable reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to conventional … Read More

NFU Board Calls on Congress to Assist Struggling Dairy Producers

December 16, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 16, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (December 16, 2016) – As U.S. dairy producers continue to struggle with multi-year price lows and an inadequate safety net, National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on Congress to provide meaningful support for the nation’s dairy sector. NFU’s Board of Directors released a … Read More

NFU Says Farmer Fair Practices Rules a ‘Step in the Right Direction’ for Fair Market Practices

December 14, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 14, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (December 14, 2016) – National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased by today’s announcement that the long-awaited Farmer Fair Practices Rules, which aim to level the playing field for family livestock producers and poultry growers, have been released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture … Read More

Government Shutdown Clock Resets, Clock Still Ticking for Family Agriculture, NFU Says

December 12, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (December 12, 2016) – In response to the U.S. Senate’s vote to pass the $1.1 trillion stopgap spending package, sending the bill to the President’s desk to fund the government through April 28, 2017, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson issued the following … Read More

NFU Opens Registration for 115th Anniversary Convention

December 8, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (December 8, 2016) – National Farmers Union announced that registration is open for its 115th Anniversary Convention. The conference, which gathers family farmers and ranchers from across the country, industry professionals and notable speakers, will be held March 5-8th, 2017 at the Catamaran … Read More

More than 1,000 Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Attend NFU Online Conference

December 8, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (December 8, 2016) – This week, National Farmers Union (NFU) brought together more than 1,000 beginning farmers and ranchers for the first online-only conference focused exclusively on education for the next generation of agriculture. From December 5-8, attendees virtually joined educational sessions focused … Read More

NFU Applauds Inclusion of FSA Funding in Congressional Spending

December 7, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 7, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (December 7, 2016) – As the 114th Congress works to pass a spending bill that would fund the government through April 2017, National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased that the package considers the plight of the farm economy. The continuing resolution includes a … Read More

EPA Sets Right Tone for Advanced Biofuels with RFS Announcement, NFU Says

November 23, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 23, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (November 23, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume obligations, setting conventional renewable fuels at the 15 billion volume level established by Congress. In response, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson released the … Read More

Farmers Receive Less Than Twenty Percent of Thanksgiving Retail Food Dollar, NFU Farmer’s Share Shows

November 21, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (November 21, 2016) – Consumers’ holiday food costs have declined, but farmers still receive less than 20 percent of the food dollar, according to the annual Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmer’s Share publication. The popular Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares … Read More

No-Vote Action on TPP a “Significant Victory” for Family Farmers and Ranchers, NFU Says

November 16, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (November 16, 2016) – A staunch opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, National Farmers Union (NFU) commended Congress for agreeing to forgo a last minute vote and reexamine the deeply flawed trade agreement. NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement … Read More

NFU Backs ‘American Food for American Schools’ Legislation

November 15, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 15, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (November 15, 2016) – Recognizing the need to improve sourcing of American-grown food products by U.S. schools, National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded the introduction of the “American Food for American Schools Act of 2016.” The legislation aims to enforce provisions of the Richard … Read More

Trade, RFS Among Issues NFU Ready to Tackle with Trump Administration

November 14, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (November 14, 2016) – National Farmers Union (NFU) extended a congratulatory letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump, outlining opportunities to work together with the new administration on several common ground farm policy issues. “We appreciate the attention that Mr. Trump paid to issues … Read More

Unfair Foreign Labor Standards Are Another Reason to Question TPP, NFU Says

November 10, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (November 10, 2016) – As the clock is ticking for Congress to take up the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging lawmakers to oppose a lame duck vote on the multinational trade agreement. The farm organization, representing nearly 200,000 family … Read More

NFU Beginning Farmers Travel to California for On-Farm Learning Sessions

November 7, 2016Beginning Farmers, Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 7, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org SALINAS, Calif. (November 7, 2016) – The National Farmers Union (NFU) Beginning Farmers Institute (BFI) reconvened in Salinas, California, on Friday, November 4, for the second of three annual programming sessions. Seventeen beginning farmers and ranchers from across the country attended the two-day, hands-on learning … Read More

Dairy Survey Underscores Producer Opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

November 7, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 7, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (November 7, 2016) – As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) struggles to gain support on Capitol Hill, Wisconsin dairy farmers overwhelmingly agree that Congress should reject the trade agreement in its current form. In a survey of all dairy producers in Wisconsin, conducted by Wisconsin … Read More

NFU Defends Family Farmers Against Proposed Rule Change to Estate Tax

November 3, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (November 2, 2016) – National Farmers Union (NFU) submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) urging that a proposed rule change for the taxable value of assets be amended to consider family farmers and ranchers. The law currently provides meaningful relief for … Read More

NFU Defends Family Beef Producers Against Meatpackers’ Aggressive Market Control

October 21, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 21, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (October 21, 2016) – As the weakened farm economy continues to take a toll on family farmers and ranchers, National Farmers Union (NFU) is criticizing meatpackers for driving down prices for  independent beef producers. Data released last week showed that family cow-calf producers … Read More

NFU Representatives Ensure Family Farmers and Ranchers Have a Seat at the Table for International Policy Development

October 19, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (October 19, 2016) – Representatives of National Farmers Union (NFU) appealed to international policymakers this week, requesting that the perspective of family farmers and ranchers be better represented in the global food security and nutrition arena. NFU Vice President of International Relations Dave … Read More