NFU Congratulates Representatives Scott and Thompson on House Agriculture Committee Leadership Roles

December 3, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 3, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Georgia Representative David Scott was selected today by his fellow House Democrats to lead the House Agriculture Committee as its next chairman. Scott, the first Black legislator to hold the position, will be joined by Pennsylvania Representative Glenn Thompson, who was elected to … Read More

Justice for Black Farmers Act an “Important Step” Towards Racial Equity, Farmers Union Says

December 1, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 1, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Though there is a long, rich history of Black farmers in the United States, systemic racism has undermined their success and wrested the majority of their land away. In order to correct racial inequities in agricultural policies and institutions, Senators Cory Booker, Elizabeth … Read More

Absence of RVOs Another Disappointment for Farmers, Biofuel Producers

November 30, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 30, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – With just hours until the statutory deadline, the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has still not issued its 2021 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), raising concerns that the RVOs will not be updated until the next administration takes … Read More

Farm & Biofuel Leaders Urge Courts to Hold EPA Accountable on Improper 2016 Waiver

November 23, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 23, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Today, a coalition of the nation’s largest biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia asking the court to enforce its 2017 decision requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address its improper … Read More

Farmers Earn 11.9 Cents of Thanksgiving Food Dollar, NFU Farmer’s Share Shows

November 18, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 18, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – For every dollar Americans spend on their Thanksgiving dinner this year, farmers and ranchers will earn approximately 11.9 cents, according to National Farmers Union (NFU). This marks a slight decline from 2019, when farmers claimed 12.15 cents of the Thanksgiving food dollar. Though … Read More

Alliance Unveils Unprecedented Climate Policy Recommendations

November 18, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 17, 2020 WASHINGTON – An alliance of groups representing farmers, forest owners, the food sector, state governments and environmental advocates today unveiled an unprecedented set of recommendations to guide the development of federal climate policy.  The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) was formed in February 2020 by four groups that … Read More

NFU Ready to Work with Biden Administration to Strengthen Rural Communities and the Food System

November 7, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 7, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – After several days of ballot counting and much anticipation, the Associated Press announced that former Vice President Joe Biden had won the 2020 U.S. presidential election. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew issued the following statement in response to the news: “The … Read More

Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement is “Shameful,” Farmers Union Says

November 4, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – The United States today formally exited the Paris Climate Agreement, three-and-a-half years after President Donald Trump pledged to do so, citing “lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production.” One hundred and eighty-nine countries have ratified the historic agreement so … Read More

NFU Welcomes Fourteen Participants to its Beginning Farmer Institute

October 21, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 21, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As part of its ongoing efforts to support the next generation of American agriculture, National Farmers Union (NFU) today announced that fourteen participants had been selected for its tenth Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) cohort. Over the course of ten months, these beginning … Read More

Final Rule Fails to Address Structural Flaws in Conservation Stewardship Program

October 8, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a final rule detailing updates to its Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) as directed by the 2018 Farm Bill. In comparison to the interim rule, the final version places a greater emphasis on soil health – … Read More

Proposed Rule Would Deter Organic Fraud, Strengthen Label’s Integrity

October 5, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – The National Organic Program (NOP) opens economic opportunities and new markets for American farmers – but in the last several years, millions of dollars of non-organic products have been intentionally mislabeled and sold as organic, eroding consumer confidence in the certified organic … Read More

Stimulus Package Includes Critical Relief for Hungry Americans, Struggling Businesses

October 2, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Four and half months after the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act stalled in the Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the legislation. The $2.2 trillion stimulus package incorporates many provisions National Farmers Union … Read More

Continuing Resolution Averts Government Shutdown, Provides Support for Hungry Americans and Farmers

September 30, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – With just hours to spare, the Senate today narrowly avoided a government shutdown by passing a continuing resolution to fund federal agencies through December 11. The bill, which now awaits President Donald Trump’s signature, would also provide nearly $8 billion for nutrition assistance … Read More

Pandemic Revealed Need for Structural Reform in the Food and Farm System, NFU Testimony States

September 30, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON  – Pandemic-related disruptions have exposed underlying weaknesses in our food and farm system, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew told the House Small Business Committee today during a hearing. In both verbal and written testimony, Larew highlighted the need for significant structural … Read More

NFU Welcomes Introduction of Next Generation Fuels Act

September 29, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Higher octane fuels like mid- and high-level ethanol blends are mutually beneficial for drivers, farmers, and the environment. Recognizing this, Representative Cheri Bustos today introduced the Next Generation Fuels Act, which would increase gasoline octane to a minimum standard of 98 Research Octane Number … Read More

Stopgap Funding Provides Important Relief for Farmers, Hungry Americans

September 29, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 22, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – With government funding due to run out next week, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed a continuing resolution that would keep federal agencies running through December 11. In addition to preventing a government shutdown, the stopgap measure would provide nearly $8 billion for … Read More

Second Tranche of Pandemic Aid Must Be Distributed Fairly and Equitably, Farmers Union Says

September 29, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 17, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – During a campaign rally tonight in Mosinee, Wisconsin, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would provide a second tranche of pandemic aid through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). He indicated that an additional $13 billion will … Read More

Farmers Union, MANRRS Team Up to Strengthen Diversity and Inclusion in Agriculture

September 16, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 16, 2020 WASHINGTON – In light of the fact that racial and ethnic minority groups are vastly underrepresented in agricultural professions, National Farmers Union (NFU) and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) are working together to foster diversity and inclusion in the field. During an online ceremony, NFU President … Read More

Farmers Union Welcomes Rejection of Gap Year Waiver Requests

September 14, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 14, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, [email protected] WASHINGTON – After significant pushback from American farmers and the biofuels industry, the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it would reject 68 requests for retroactive small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The decision comes nearly nine months after a Tenth Circuit Court decision that … Read More

Hundreds of Farmers and Ranchers Fight for Stronger Food System at NFU’s Fly-In

September 14, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As a global pandemic and extreme weather events batter an already weak agricultural economy, more than 400 farmers, ranchers, and rural residents are gathering online this week to speak directly with their elected representatives and administration officials as part of National Farmers … Read More

ADVISORY: NFU, MANRRS to Formalize Joint Commitment to Foster Diversity and Inclusion at MOU Signing

September 9, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 9, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – In a joint effort to foster diversity and inclusion in agricultural professions, National Farmers Union (NFU) and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) during a ceremony next week. The MOU, to be … Read More

Ethanol Coalition Welcomes Reports of ‘Gap-Year’ Waiver Petition Denials, Denounces Refiners’ Supreme Court Petition

September 9, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 9, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), National Farmers Union (NFU) and American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) today welcomed news reports that President Trump has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to reject dozens of so-called “gap year” small refinery exemption petitions … Read More

ADVISORY: Farmers Union to Host Family Farmers for Virtual Fly-In

September 8, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 8, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As a global pandemic and extreme weather events batter an already weak agricultural economy, hundreds of farmers, ranchers, and rural residents will gather online next week to speak directly with their elected representatives and administration officials as part of National Farmers Union’s (NFU) virtual … Read More