Escalating Trade War Exacerbates Weak Farm Economy, Farmers Union Says

August 23, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– In retaliation against the United States’ most recent escalation in an ongoing trade war, China today announced that it will increase tariffs on $75 billion worth of American goods, including a number of agricultural products. Starting on September 1, the country plans raise … Read More

NFU Welcomes Thirteen New Participants for its 2019-2020 Beginning Farmer Institute

August 19, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 19, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– Building on over a century of agricultural education, National Farmers Union (NFU) today announced its ninth Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) cohort. Thirteen beginning farmers and ranchers from across the United States will take part in the education program, which promotes the success of … Read More

Trump Gave Green Light for Hardship Waivers: Reuters

August 16, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump directly authorized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) issuance of 31 small refinery exemptions (SREs) last Friday, per a Reuters report. The action will eliminate demand for biofuels by an estimated 1.43 billion gallons, bringing the total losses due to … Read More

Coalition Pushes EPA to Reconsider Limits on Higher Ethanol Blends

August 12, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 2019 WASHINGTON –In a joint petition filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals, a broad alliance of ethanol, agriculture, and clean fuel organizations requested judicial review of a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rulemaking that would limit ethanol blending and restrict the use of blender pumps. The Urban Air … Read More

EPA Grants 31 Hardship Waivers, Undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard

August 9, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 9, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– According to a recent Reuters report,  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved 31 of its 38 pending small refinery exemptions (SREs) for 2018. Recipients of the exemptions are not required to comply with renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). … Read More

Bankruptcy Bill Will Help More Family Farmers Access Relief

August 2, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 2, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– The U.S. Senate yesterday passed the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019, a bill that will expand family farmers’ access to relief under Chapter 12 farm bankruptcy rules by increasing the debt limit from $4.2 million to $10 million. The bill, which was … Read More

RFS Obligations Must Account for Hardship Waivers

July 31, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org YPSILANTI– Following the release of its disappointing 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today hosted a public hearing to gather feedback from farmers and other stakeholders on the proposed rule. The proposal would maintain … Read More

Currency Realignment Would Boost Economic Outlook for Family Farmers and Ranchers, NFU Says

July 31, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– With little relief in sight for persistently low commodity prices, U.S. family farmers and ranchers are facing a bleak economic future. But a bipartisan bill introduced today by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) would help restore prosperity to rural America … Read More

USDA Releases Details for Market Facilitation Program; NFU Urges Long-Term Solutions for Oversupply and Low Prices

July 25, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– Two months after announcing its intentions to provide a new package to assist family farmers and ranchers coping with trade damages, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released finalized details about the timing and calculation of direct payments to producers through the … Read More

Farmers Union Announces New Education Priorities

July 23, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Today’s farmers have to do more than just grow food; running a successful operation requires a broad range of skills, including marketing, business management, mechanical repair, and agronomy. To more effectively meet the growing needs of family farmers and ranchers, National Farmers … Read More

New Data Highlights Continuing Need to Fight Opioid Addiction in Rural Communities

July 18, 2019Press Releases

New data from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration shows that rural communities have the highest death rates nationwide from opioid prescriptions, more than three times the national average. A previously unreleased database from DEA tracking prescription painkillers showed that the highest per-capita opioid death rates from 2006 to 2012 were in rural communities in West Virginia, … Read More

NIFA, ERS Relocation Detrimental to Researchers, Family Farmers, and Consumers

July 18, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 18, 2019 Contact: Jenny Hopkinson, 202.554.1600jhopkinson@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) relocation of two major research agencies is “misguided” and “detrimental to family farmers and ranchers and rural communities,” according to the nation’s oldest general farm organization. National Farmers Union (NFU), whose 200,000 members support increased funding for public agricultural … Read More

Farmers Union Hosts 83rd Annual All-States Leadership Camp

July 9, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 9, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600hpackman@nfudc.org BAILEY, Colo.– Farmers Union youth members from across the country convened last month for the 83rd annual National Farmers Union (NFU) All-States Leadership Camp. Hosted each June, the event encourages young adults to explore their leadership potential, discuss current events and important issues, learn more about … Read More

NFU Urges Additional Improvements to USMCA

July 8, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 8, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– As Congressional leadership and the Trump administration work towards a compromise on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the country’s oldest general farm organization is urging additional improvements to the deal that could help to reduce health care costs and protect rural jobs before it is sent … Read More

EPA’s RFS Obligations Are Another Setback for American Farmers

July 5, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 5, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the year 2020. The proposal would set required biofuel use at 20.04 billion gallons next year, a marginal increase over this year’s 19.92 billion gallons. … Read More

Presidential Candidates Called Upon to Increase Fairness for Family Farmers

June 20, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 20, 2019 WASHINGTON – Today, 35 farm and food organizations called on elected officials and candidates running for office to address the disproportionate market power held by the giant agribusinesses that dominate livestock and poultry markets. The list of priorities for creating fair and competitive markets for family farmers is endorsed by groups … Read More

USDA Announces Kansas City Region as New NIFA, ERS Site; NFU Disappointed by Lack of Transparency and Public Input

June 13, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 13, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– Ten months after introducing a plan to relocate and reorganize two major agricultural research agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it will move the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) to the Kansas City Region. … Read More

NFU, FFA Cement Partnership at MOU Signing Ceremony; Groups Work Together to Strengthen Youth Agricultural Education and Leadership

June 12, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 12, 2019 MINNEAPOLIS– As the average age of the American farmer approaches 60, National Farmers Union (NFU) and the National FFA Organization are working together to cultivate the next generation of American agricultural professionals. At a ceremony in Minneapolis, Minnesota, NFU President Roger Johnson and National FFA Organization CEO Mark Poeschl formalized … Read More

Hearing Highlights Implications of ERS, NIFA Relocation for Agricultural Research

June 5, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 5, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– During a hearing held today by the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, key stakeholders expressed concerns about the current and potential ramifications of reorganizing and relocating two major agricultural research agencies. In accordance with previous announcements, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is … Read More

NFU Applauds Year-Round Use E15, Urges Further Investments in Biofuels

May 31, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 31, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a final rule that will permit year-round sale of gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol, also known as E15. The rule’s finalization comes just in time to allow for summertime use of E15 this year, but does not … Read More

USDA Announces Details of Trade Assistance Package, NFU Urges Adoption of Supply Management Policies

May 23, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 23, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released initial details for a trade assistance package to support family farmers and ranchers struggling with oversupply and low prices due to international trade conflicts. The agency plans to allocate as much as $16 billion, including $14.5 billion … Read More

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

May 22, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 22, 2019 Washington, D.C. — Today, a broad-based coalition of 219 farm, food, rural, faith and consumer advocacy organizations delivered a letter to Congress endorsing food and agribusiness merger moratorium bills introduced by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Jon Tester (D-MT) and Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI). The Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust … Read More

Farmers Union Encouraged by First Step to Address Climate Crisis

May 21, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 21, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-559-9890hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today held a hearing dedicated to the issue of climate change and the agricultural sector. In written testimony, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson thanked the committee for addressing the deleterious effects of climate change … Read More

NFU Urges Congress to Halt Relocation, Reorganization of Research Agencies

May 16, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 16, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-559-9890hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Despite concerns about how it would affect the  quality, quantity, and objectivity of agricultural research, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is rushing forward with plans to move the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS), two major … Read More

Trade Assistance Must Help All Affected Farmers, NFU Says

May 15, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 15, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Following the recent escalation of trade tensions between China and the United States that will likely exacerbate the erosion of agricultural export markets and further depress commodity prices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expected to announce a trade assistance package to support … Read More