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

November 21, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Farmers and ranchers take home just 11.4 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

NFU Alarmed by House Passage of Tax Reform Bill: Organization Scored the Vote, Now Urging a No Vote on Senate Version

November 16, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today voted 227-205 to approve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a bill that would provide tax cuts and breaks to corporations and wealthy Americans at an estimated cost of $1.5 trillion. National Farmers Union (NFU), a … Read More

Congressional Tax Plans Jeopardize the Farm Safety Net, CBO Analysis Says

November 14, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-554-1600 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Amidst the steepest drop in farm profitability in a generation, U.S. Congressional leadership is proposing tax reform legislation that would jeopardize all funding for farm bill commodity safety net programs. The two tax bills being considered in both the U.S. Senate and … Read More

Senate Tax Plan Could Undermine Farm Bill Funding

November 9, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 9, 2017 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate leadership today released its plan for comprehensive tax reform. The legislation differs in many ways from its counterpart released by the U.S. House of Representatives a week ago.  The plan would comprise a greater number of individual tax brackets, limit … Read More

Shift to More Regressive Taxation Would Increase Burden on Family Farmers and Ranchers

November 2, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.or WASHINGTON – U.S. House of Representatives leadership today released its blueprint for sweeping tax reform, including significant cuts to individual and corporate tax rates and eventual repeal of the estate tax. The plan is estimated to cost $1.51 trillion over the next decade. In … Read More

Trump Administration Must Right the Ship on Biofuels Through 2018 RFS Obligations

October 19, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As embattled farm, biofuel, and rural communities and economies look to the Trump Administration to maintain promises to support American biofuel production, National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on the administration to increase Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume obligations when they finalize … Read More

NFU and UFCW Make Case for Meaningful NAFTA Improvements

October 18, 2017Press Releases

For Immediate Release October 18, 2017 Contact: ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — National Farmers Union (NFU) and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union sent a joint letter to the Senate today describing how North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations could more broadly benefit American family farmers and meatpacking workers. In the letter, UFCW … Read More

NFU Deeply Disappointed by USDA Decision to Terminate Farmer Fair Practices Rules

October 17, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 17, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it would be terminating the Farmer Fair Practices Rule on Competitive Injury, a rule that would have provided the most basic of protections to American family farmers and ranchers as they endure increasingly concentrated markets … Read More

Joint statement from the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association and National Farmers Union regarding Sage Grouse Plans

October 5, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2017 CONTACT National Farmers Union: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106, ajerome@nfudc.org U.S. Cattlemen’s Association: Lia Biondo, 202-870-1552, lia@wssdc.com The agriculture and conservation communities spent recent years working together on management plans that successfully prevented a non-listing of the Greater Sage Grouse, while providing grazing management flexibility for livestock producers and land managers. … Read More

NFU President Offers Trump Administration a Pathway to Expanded Use of Ethanol

October 5, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As American family farmers struggle amidst a global glut of grain supplies and a severely depressed U.S. farm economy, the Trump Administration has a significant opportunity to provide meaningful relief that benefits not only farmers, but also rural communities, consumers and the … Read More

Over 200 Groups Urge Congress to Level the Playing Field for Farmers, Workers and Consumers; Diverse Coalition Calls for Farm Bill to Address Competition in the Food System

October 4, 2017Press Releases

For Immediate Release Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Washington, DC — Today, a broad-based coalition of 210 farm, rural, worker and consumer advocacy organizations released principles for a fairer farm bill that would address the lack of competition in every link in the food chain. The groups point out that growing consolidation in the agribusiness, food … Read More

Farmers Union and Cattlemen’s Association Urge USDA to Finalize Farmer Fair Practices Rule

October 4, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 4, 2017 CONTACT National Farmers Union: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106, ajerome@nfudc.org U.S. Cattlemen’s Association: Lia Biondo, 202-870-1552, lia@wssdc.com WASHINGTON – In less than three weeks, a rule to protect family farmers and ranchers from the worst abuses of concentrated markets will go into effect, barring any setbacks from the U.S. Department of … Read More

NFU, Biofuels Industry Call on Trump Administration to Honor Commitment to RFS and Rural America

October 3, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 3, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Following a recent set of proposals by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to weaken the nation’s premier renewable fuels law, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), National Farmers Union and 10 prominent biofuel organizations are calling on the administration to honor its … Read More

New EPA Proposal Undermines RFS, Administration’s Promises to Rural America

September 27, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 27, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday announced new, lower proposed obligations for renewable fuel usage under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the nation’s preeminent policy for encouraging the production and development of American grown and produced transportation fuels. The agency’s proposal … Read More

Farm Bill Conservation Coalition Comes to a Consensus

September 27, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 27, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As U.S. House and Senate agriculture committee leadership readies a framework for the 2018 Farm Bill, the conservation community has come to a consensus on a fundamental set of provisions to strengthen the conservation title of the bill. National Farmers Union (NFU) … Read More

NFU Applauds No Vote on Graham-Cassidy — Organization Urges Congress to Seek Bipartisan Fixes to Health Care System

September 26, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate leadership today announced the body would not vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill. The proposal stood to worsen access to affordable and quality health care for American family farmers and ranchers, according to National Farmers Union (NFU). NFU President … Read More

NFU Urges Senate to Vote No on Graham-Cassidy Health Care Plan: Organization Will Score the Vote

September 21, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 21, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The latest plan put forth by U.S. Senate leadership to overhaul the nation’s health care system stands to worsen access to affordable and quality health care for American family farmers and ranchers, according to the nation’s second largest general farm organization. In … Read More

NFU President Joins Advisory Board of New Energy America: New Organization Set to Promote Clean, Renewable Energy Jobs in Rural America

September 20, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In a move to further National Farmers Union’s (NFU) commitment to promoting American grown, renewable energy sources, NFU President Roger Johnson today joined the advisory board of New Energy America, a new organization created to promote clean energy jobs in rural America. … Read More

NFU Reinforces Need for Trade Agenda Reforms Through NAFTA

September 19, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Ahead of a third round of renegotiation talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), National Farmers Union (NFU) reinforced it’s call for a fair trade agreement framework that benefits American family farmers, ranchers and consumers, and restores American sovereignty on … Read More

NFU Honors 33 Congressional Champions of Agriculture with Golden Triangle Award

September 12, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) proudly recognized 33 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

More Than 300 Farmers Union Members ‘Fly-In’ to Washington to Lobby Congress, the Administration

September 11, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 11, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Today, 320 Farmers Union members gathered in the nation’s capital for National Farmers Union’s (NFU) Fall Legislative Fly-In. The annual event allows Farmers Union members from across the country to meet directly with lawmakers, USDA leaders and other administration officials to discuss … Read More

NFU Beginning Farmer Institute Holds First Learning Session in Washington, D.C.

September 8, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 8, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union’s (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) convened today in Washington, D.C., for the first of three learning sessions that will take place during the next year. Twenty beginning farmers, representing demographical, geographical and production diversity in agriculture, traveled to the … Read More

NFU to EPA: Stand With Farmers and Consumers on RFS; Law Creates American Jobs, Bolsters Rural Communities, Strengthens Energy Independence and Protects the Environment

August 31, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – For the past decade, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been a boon to American-grown renewable energy development, thereby expanding markets for family farmers, creating jobs in rural communities, shoring up American energy independence, and cleaning up the environment. So when the … Read More

Farmers Union to Power the Transition to a Homegrown, Renewable Energy Future for the U.S.

August 23, 2017Press Releases

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The transition to a homegrown, renewable energy future for America is underway. Biofuels, higher blends of ethanol in gasoline, and advanced, bio-based technologies are reaping tremendous benefits for our environment and providing much-needed economic stability to America’s farming and rural communities. The … Read More