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

U.S. Beef Producers Disadvantaged by Current “Product of U.S.A” Labeling Standards

August 16, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 15, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Current federal meat labeling standards are disadvantaging U.S. family beef producers by allowing products born, raised, or slaughtered outside of the United States to carry the “Product of the U.S.A.” label. These standards need to be changed immediately, according to the nation’s … Read More

Farm Bureau and Farmers Union Call for Swift Farm Bill Passage

August 13, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 13, 2018 CONTACT NFU: Andrew Jerome, 202.314-3106, ajerome@nfudc.org AFBF: Will Rodger, 202.406.3642, willr@fb.org WASHINGTON – The two largest farming groups in the United States today called for swift passage of the farm bill by a congressional conference committee. Faced with the lowest farm income in 12 years, the presidents of the American Farm Bureau … Read More

NFU Emphasizes Severity of Trade Dispute, Urges Long-Term Solutions in Farm Bill

July 31, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In a letter sent today to congressional leadership, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson emphasized the need to address agricultural economic hardships in the 2018 Farm Bill. The NFU Board of Directors unanimously approved the motion to send this letter during … Read More

House Votes to Send Farm Bill to Conference

July 18, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to send the farm bill to conference, the process by which the House and U.S. Senate remedy differences between their respective versions of the farm bill. A conference committee of members from the House and … Read More

Farmers Union Hosts 82nd Annual All-States Leadership Camp

July 6, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 6, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org BAILEY, Colo. – Farmers Union youth members from across the country gathered here last week for the 82nd annual National Farmers Union (NFU) All-States Leadership Camp. Hosted each June at the NFU Education Center, All-States Camp encourages youth to explore their leadership potential, discuss … Read More

NFU Applauds Senate Farm Bill Passage; Presses for Additional Improvements During Conference Process

June 28, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today voted 86-11 in favor of its bipartisan Farm Bill, also known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors unanimously supported the Senate’s efforts when the bill was first introduced. Rob … Read More

Proposed Volume Obligations are Promising, but Not Enough – More Must Be Done to Address Lost Demand for Renewable Fuels

June 26, 2018Press Releases

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed increasing the renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by 3 percent in 2019, from 19.29 billion gallons to 19.88 billion gallons.  The proposal would maintain the current 15-million-gallon target for … Read More

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