NFU Urges Greater Transparency in EPA’s Granting of Small Refinery Exemptions

October 29, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 29, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – In light of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ongoing misappropriation of small refinery exemptions (SREs), the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change within the Committee on Energy and Commerce today hosted a hearing on how those exemptions … Read More

Coalition Challenges EPA on 2018 Refinery Waivers

October 23, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 23, 2019 WASHINGTON – A coalition of renewable fuel and agricultural trade organizations filed a petition Tuesday afternoon with the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the process by which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exempted certain unknown small refineries from their respective Renewable Fuel Standard obligations … Read More

Farm, Union and Science Groups Urge Congress to Stand Strong Against USDA Relocation

October 22, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2019 Contact: Ja-Rei Wang, Union of Concerned Scientists [email protected] WASHINGTON —At a hearing last week, USDA REE Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins repeatedly deflected questions about the ​consequences of the relocation of the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food & Agriculture. A staggering 75 percent of staff have … Read More

Time, Money, Infrastructure to Comply with Food Safety Requirements Among Top Concerns for Produce Growers

October 22, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 21, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Although local food producers are broadly committed to food safety on their operations, there are still some barriers to implementing food safety best practices, according to a Needs Assessment Report released today by National Farmers Union Foundation’s Local Food Safety Collaborative (LFSC) … Read More

Plan to Expand Biofuels a Step in the Right Direction; More Work Needed to Move Biofuels Industry Forward

October 4, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 4, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – After several months of negotiations and much fanfare, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a broad plan to offset a portion of the 4 billion gallons of demand for biofuels eliminated due to the … Read More

Raising Voices Event Prepares Youth for Agricultural Advocacy

September 25, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 23, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – In conjunction with its Fall Legislative Fly-In earlier this month, National Farmers Union (NFU) hosted its first Raising Voices event for young agricultural leaders. Thirty-three FFA and Professional Agricultural Student (PAS) members hailing from 14 states traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate … Read More

Proposed Rule Would Make Millions Vulnerable to Food Insecurity

September 23, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 23, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected]  WASHINGTON – A proposed rule to change the eligibility guidelines for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would erode food security in the United States, according to the Alliance to End Hunger. If the rule is implemented, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates … Read More

NFU Honors 26 Congressional Champions of Family Agriculture with Golden Triangle Award

September 11, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 11, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON– National Farmers Union (NFU) proudly recognized 26 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, was … Read More

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

September 10, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 10, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON–National Farmers Union’s (NFU) ninth Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) cohort in Washington, D.C., this week for the first of three learning sessions that will take place during the next year. Twelve beginning farmers and ranchers from a wide variety of demographic, geographic, and agricultural … Read More

380 Family Farmers ‘Fly-In’ to Washington to Advocate Stronger Food and Agricultural Policy

September 9, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 9, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON– After yet another year of depressed commodity prices, uncertainty in export and biofuels markets, rapid consolidation in the food and agriculture sectors, and extreme and unseasonal weather events, nearly 400 of National Farmers Union’s (NFU) family farmer and rancher members traveled to Washington, … Read More

Farmers Union Board Calls on Administration to Strengthen Agricultural Markets

September 9, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 9, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, [email protected] WASHINGTON– In a pair of unanimously approved resolutions, the National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors called on the administration and Congress to address mounting financial difficulties that have been exacerbated by recent policy decisions. Specifically, they urged the resolution of ongoing trade disputes, the enforcement … Read More

EPA Must Support Biofuels, Uphold Intent of RFS

August 30, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON– On behalf of its nearly 200,000 family farmer and rancher members, National Farmers Union (NFU) today submitted public comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging the agency to adjust their proposed Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) volume obligations for 2020. Though the … Read More

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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

RFS Obligations Must Account for Hardship Waivers

July 31, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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