NFU Deeply Disappointed in EPA Decision to Ignore Waivers, Intent of Law in New RFS Obligations

November 30, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 30, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration today finalized 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), setting the amount of renewable fuels that need to be blended in the transportation fuel supply at 19.92 billion gallons. The rule maintains the current 15-million-gallon … Read More

GIPSA Agency Elimination a Blow to Competitive Markets for Family Farmers, NFU Says

November 30, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 30, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will be eliminating the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) as a standalone agency and consolidate its functions into the work of the Agricultural Marketing Service. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson … Read More

USMCA Deal Falls Short of Fair Trade Framework for Family Farmers, NFU Says

November 30, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 30, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Officials from the United States, Canada and Mexico today signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the renegotiated trade deal formerly known as the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The agreement will not have binding force in the United States until it is … Read More

NFU Encouraged by Farm Bill Deal, Urges Swift Passage

November 29, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 29, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Agriculture committee leadership today announced that they have reached an agreement in principle on the farm bill. While the final details of the bill have yet to be released and negotiators wait on cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, National Farmers … Read More

Farmers Receive 11 Cents of the Thanksgiving Food Dollar, NFU Farmer’s Share Shows

November 21, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202.314.3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Farmers and ranchers take home just 11.3 cents from every dollar that consumers spend on their Thanksgiving dinner meals, according to the annual Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmer’s Share publication. The popular Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares the retail … Read More

Over 200 Farm, Food and Rural Groups Endorse Agribusiness Merger Moratorium Bills

November 1, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1, 2018 WASHINGTON — Today, a broad-based coalition of 213 farm, food, rural, faith and consumer advocacy organizations delivered a letter to Congress endorsing food and agribusiness merger moratorium bills and urging members of the House and Senate to cosponsor the legislation. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) … Read More

NFU Urges Administration to Honor Commitment to Biofuels

October 29, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 29, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Throughout his campaign for and tenure as president, Donald Trump has consistently pledged to support American-grown biofuels. However, his administration has too often failed to follow through on those promises in a timely fashion. In the most recent of such instances, President … Read More

NFU Encourages Move to High Octane Fuels; Public Comments Highlight Environmental, Economic and Energy Security Benefits

October 26, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 26, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed rule to amend certain existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emissions standards, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today submitted public comments highlighting the importance and value of moving to … Read More

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