Reality of China Trade Tensions Demands Strong Plan to Protect Family Farmers and Ranchers, NFU Says

June 15, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump today announced that his administration will impose 25 percent tariffs on Chinese technology imports to the tune of $50 billion. The first round of tariffs, worth $34 billion, are set to take effect on July 6. National Farmers Union, … Read More

NFU Announces Twenty Participants for the 2018-19 Beginning Farmer Institute

June 14, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 14, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) today announced 20 beginning farmers and ranchers from across the United States to take part in the 2018-19 Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) program. The Institute empowers the success of America’s next generation of farmers by providing mentorship, technical … Read More

NFU Statement on Senate Ag Committee Farm Bill Passage

June 13, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 13, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee today advanced its version of the 2018 Farm Bill by a vote of 20-1. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled he intends to bring the bill up for a vote on the floor prior to the Senate’s … Read More

NFU Highlights Positives of Senate Ag Farm Bill, Makes Recommendations on Amendments at Committee Level

June 12, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 12, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In advance of Wednesday’s Senate Agriculture Committee markup of the 2018 Farm Bill, National Farmers Union (NFU) highlighted positives in the current draft of the bill and sent vote recommendations on amendments to members of the committee. “Farmers Union appreciates the hard … Read More

U.S., Canadian Farm Groups Support Strong Trading Partnership

June 11, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2018 CONTACT National Farmers Union: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106, ajerome@nfudc.org Canadian Federation of Agriculture: Janice Hall, 613-236-3633 x2322, Communications@canadian-farmers.ca WASHINGTON – The leaders of the U.S. National Farmers Union (NFU) and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) in a joint statement today urged Canadian and U.S. officials to preserve the strong, … Read More

NFU Appreciates Senate Ag Leadership Work on Farm Bill — More Needs to Be Done to Shore Up Farm Safety Net, Says NFU

June 8, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 8, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee leadership today released draft text of a new farm bill. National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to the draft text: “Farmers Union appreciates the hard work of Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member … Read More

Family Farmers Likely the First Casualty if Trump Administration Provokes Global Trade War

May 31, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In a move that has already provoked retaliatory measures, the Trump administration today announced its intention to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada, and Mexico, effective midnight Thursday. … Read More

NFU Condemns DOJ Approval of Monsanto Acquisition by Bayer

May 29, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 29, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today approved German drug and chemical giant Bayer’s $62.5 billion acquisition of Monsanto. The deal will consolidate control of more than a quarter of the world’s seed and pesticides market and create the largest seed and … Read More

Farmers Union Urges Immediate Action on E15 Waiver

May 22, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 22, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delay in allowing year-round use of E15 gasoline threatens harm to markets for family farmers, according to National Farmers Union (NFU). NFU President Roger Johnson today wrote to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, urging EPA to immediately institute … Read More

Farmers Union Urges USDA to Proactively Address Farm Suicide Crisis

May 15, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Many farmers and ranchers are coping with alarming levels of stress, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) should serve a critical role in providing support to farmers in crisis, according to the nation’s second largest general farm organization. National Farmers Union … Read More

NFU Statement on White House Agreement on RFS

May 9, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 9, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The White House convened its final scheduled meeting yesterday on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and future of the biofuel industry, bringing together lawmakers and stakeholders from the oil and biofuel industries. The meeting concluded with an agreement to allow year-round use … Read More

Farmer’s Share of Retail Food Dollar Hits New Low

May 4, 2018Press Releases

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – For every dollar consumers spend on food, the farmer receives just 14.8 cents, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The figure represents a 5 percent decrease from the previous year’s data and the lowest “farm share” since USDA began reporting … Read More

NFU Board Opposes Current House Version of Farm Bill — Farmers Union Urges Significant Improvements Before Passage

April 25, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors today passed a resolution in opposition to the current state of the 2018 Farm Bill as passed by the House Agriculture Committee last week. The Board called on House members to make significant improvements to … Read More

NFU Lauds Congressional Support for Long-term Farm Safety Net Solution to Potential Trade Damages

April 19, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 19, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In a letter sent to President Donald Trump yesterday, twenty members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee urged the administration to support long-term solutions in the Farm Bill that would ensure an adequate farm safety net for family farmers and ranchers who … Read More

NFU Applauds Introduction of FARMERS FIRST Bill in Senate

April 19, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 19, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of Senators today introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to provide mental health resources in rural America to address the alarmingly high rate of suicide amongst farmers and ranchers. The bill, Facilitating Accessible Resources for Mental Health and Encouraging … Read More

Current House Farm Bill Fails to Meet Needs of Family Farmers — NFU Opposes Current Version, Suggests Significant Improvements

April 18, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 18, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. House Agriculture Committee today marked up the 2018 Farm Bill, H.R. 2, sending the bill to the full U.S. House of Representatives for its consideration. National Farmers Union (NFU), the nation’s second largest general farm organization, opposes the legislation as … Read More

Farm Leaders Visit Opioid Memorial in Show of Unity

April 17, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 17, 2018 CONTACT National Farmers Union: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106, ajerome@nfudc.org American Farm Bureau Federation: Will Rodger, 202-406-3642, willr@fb.org WASHINGTON – The presidents of the nation’s two largest general farm organizations today visited the “Prescribed to Death” opioid memorial in Washington, D.C., in a show of unity to address the national opioid … Read More

NFU Appreciates House Ag Committee Work on Farm Bill, Urges Stronger Provisions for Family Farmers Amidst Financial Struggles

April 12, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway today released the heavily anticipated text of a new Farm Bill. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson thanked the committee for their work to put together a farm bill and encouraged Congress to work … Read More

NFU Applauds E15 Waiver, Says More Needs to be Done for Higher Blends of Ethanol

April 12, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump today announced the administration would allow the year-round sale of E15, or gasoline blends comprised of 15 percent ethanol, which had previously been barred from being sold in the summer. National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded the President’s move and … Read More

NFU Supports Establishment of Meat and Beef Labeling Requirements

April 10, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 10, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As new, alternative “beef” products make their way onto grocery store shelves, National Farmers Union (NFU) is encouraging federal officials to establish labeling requirements that better inform consumers about the difference between beef products that come from cattle and those that were … Read More

EPA’s Undermining of RFS Through Waivers Must Cease, NFU Says

April 4, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has improperly handled the administration of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by lowering total volume requirements and granting “hardship waivers” to large corporations, according to National Farmers Union (NFU). NFU President Roger Johnson sent a letter … Read More

NFU Calls for Plan to Protect Family Farmers from Brunt of Trade War

April 4, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In the latest of a series of tariff threats between the United States and China, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOC) this morning announced plans to impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of U.S. goods, including soybeans, corn, beef, … Read More